Saturday , 17 November 2018
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Building Capacity  Of School Teachers

The ‘No detention policy’ under the Right to Education Act, which allows all students to reach up to class VIII without sitting at any examination, is being seen as a failure in Goa, as in most parts of the country, largely on the grounds of poor attention given by pre-class VIII students to learning and high failure rate at final ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Fruitless Kashmir Plant

Pakistan is once again trying all means to internationalize the Kashmir issue.  The violations at the Line of Control were one of the ways Pakistan has recently used to draw the world’s attention to the region. Pakistan’s ambassador to India meeting Kashmir separatist leaders was another. On Sunday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir ... Read More »

Defusing Tensions in Karnataka Over Mhadei

Saturday’s attempt at enforce bandh in Hubbali-Dharwad, Belgavi, Bengaluru and some other parts of Karnataka by local farmers and other groups was a high point of the agitation they have been carrying on for months for forcing Goa to accept their demand of  diversion of water from the Kalasa nullah to the river Malaprabha. Less than a fortnight ago, at ... Read More »

A Letter to Custodian Of Two Holy Mosques

The Saudi Arabian authorities claim that but for their intervention the number of Haj pilgrims dying would have been much higher than the 700-odd on Thursday. They say they had made all the security arrangements to avert any tragedy. In effect, they are blaming the dead for dying of their own doing. But how much could the crowd alone be ... Read More »

Government Lacks Skill For Skill Development

A survey has found that the rate of vocational training hardly increased between 2004-05 and 2011-12, suggesting that the ambitious National Skill Policy announced by UPA-II and the National Skill Development Coordination Board set up to implement it failed. The data from NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) show that among persons in the 15-59 age group only about 2.2 per ... Read More »

Quota Carries Seeds Of Destruction of Caste

The suggestion of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for a “review” of the reservation policy would not have come at a less opportune time for the BJP which is engaged in a tough battle against the Nitish Kumar-led political alliance in the upcoming elections to the Assembly in Bihar. The JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance in the state is looking formidable against the BJP-led ... Read More »

India’s Credentials For  UNSC Permanent Seat

China will do anything to frustrate India’s bid for a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council. Currently it is engaged in deflating the fresh wave of optimism in India owing to the prospects of reform of the Security Council that could include more permanent members. The Security Council has had five permanent members with veto powers since its ... Read More »

Why All Netaji Files Must Be Declassified

With the West Bengal government declassifying 64 files related to the death of the unique icon of India’s freedom struggle Subhas Chandra Bose, pressures are mounting on the government of India to release Netaji-related files. The West Bengal files, which were archived as “secret” in intelligence and police departments, are now being displayed at the Kolkata Police Museum on computers ... Read More »

Spectre of Jobless Growth

Although the central government claims the downslide in Chinese economy would not affect growth and employment in India, various survey reports suggest that the trend of rising unemployment rate in the country is likely to worsen for Indians of working age. The worrying part is that educated youth in the age group of 18-25 years despite being skilled are facing ... Read More »

Most Sacred Value Of Our Democracy

It took seven months after the murder of Govind Pansare, the 81-year-old social activist, rationalist and CPI leader, for the Maharashtra police to arrest the first suspect Sameer Gaikwad, an alleged activist of the Hindu organization Sanatan Sanstha.  Pansare, who was famous also for writing a biography of Shivaji, died in February after he and his wife were shot at ... Read More »