So it begins

Yes and so it begins ~ the hula and the hoopla, the pomp and the ceremony, the fêtes and the festivals, the festivities and the celebrations. No wait ~ the celebrations began earlier with the thanksgivings and the felicitations ~…

A knee jerk response

As an effective deterrent against rape, especially of minors, the Central Government moved fast by approval of an ordinance by the Union Cabinet on April 21, immediately after the Prime Minister returned from London. President Ram Nath Kovind, next day,…

Insecure Aadhar

Despite earnest confession by the NDA-government that there has been leakage of Unique Identity (UID) data collected by the centre and stored in digital format, its elements are still in denial mode over its security. In fact, the confession that…

Crisis in judiciary

Under the NDA-government, the higher judiciary appears to be passing through an unprecedented crisis with extra-ordinary circumstances that undermines its independence and accountability. Unfortunately, the higher judiciary is facing one crisis after another during the past four years since the…

Crime & politics

In Indian parlance “Jan Sewa” or service of the public is the sole purpose of contesting elections for the State legislatures and the Parliament. Perhaps, a defeat in elections normally sends the loser into a sort of compunction, again –…

Dry ATMs

The NDA-government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) appear to have suddenly woken up from their deep slumber after the severe cash crunch has adversely affected the operations of the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) across the country during the…

So be it but …

A debate rages today across the country regarding the new laws enacted by the Government to strengthen the existing POSCO Act. The main point of debate is whether the death penalty acts as deterrence against rape and murder of children…

Funds allocation

The growing clamour for revising the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission for satisfactory allocation of funds from the central pool for the resource rich states have been growing particularly under the NDA-government during the past four years.…

A welcome move

Better sense appears to have prevailed over the NDA-government with its decision to withdraw the ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter in the animal markets. As a follow up, a fresh set of rules to replace the poorly…

Another thread of violence woven …

All forms of violence have existed as long as humans have. While over time, some individuals and groups of individuals have learnt the futility of violence, others have remained stagnant in the culture of violence. Both categories cut across race,…