Growing up in a deeply religious family, I never once heard the word Ramadan used to refer to the holy Islamic month of fasting and penance.
The army has waited long for the OROP, the government must speed things up.
The report of a 77-year-old man (Aurobindo Dey) and his son (Prasenjit) living with corpses of his daughter/sister and two dogs in Kolkata was enough to unsettle anyone. But it also holds up a mirror to mental illness in our midst, which many of us fail to, or do not want to, recognise.
Functional issues, and not the chairman’s political leanings, need addressing.
With the Indian Railways withdrawing from non-core responsibilities such as railway schools and hospitals, there now seems a definite need of restructuring, is not privatisation.
Brevity is certainly not a strong point with many of our political worthies. Had they contained their desire to come up with triumphalist sound bites on the commando operation in Myanmar, the huge ongoing debate on the viability of such a policy with a neighbour like, say, Pakistan, could have been avoided.
If India is to replicate the Myanmar operation, the best method is through better bilateral ties.
The last major multi-discipline sports event held in India, the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, was supposed to trigger an explosion of sporting activity in a country which had for decades faced ridicule for not achieving sporting success at the highest levels.
Despite being a region of great diversity and promise, positive news from the Northeast is rare. It is not the region’s fault, the fault lies in the way ‘mainland’ India views the place.
Protests are a vital part of democracy but in India this right is often misused. The ongoing agitation of the Gujjars in Rajasthan over their demand for 5% reservation in state government jobs and a lower scheduled tribe status instead of their current higher OBC status is a case in point.
Janata unity is already in trouble as the old rivalry between RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal (U) leader Nitish Kumar seems to be resurfacing with the former having qualms about putting up Mr Kumar as the alliance’s CM candidate for the Bihar polls later this year.
India has to overcome its electricity woes if it wants to become an economic superpower
The central government’s appeal to companies, spiritual organisations and rich Indians abroad to partake of the cleaning up of the Ganga, the river that is the life giver for the largest number of Indians, is appreciable.
The reasons for the outreach to Seoul are fairly straightforward. South Korea is an impressive tiger economy renowned for its prowess in manufacturing, IT services and R&D. It lifted itself out of poverty through export-led growth and investments in education and infrastructure and is now the 14th biggest economy in the world.
Unsubstantiated allegations against the chief secretary weaken Arvind Kejriwal’s case against her appointment