Saturday , 17 November 2018



On Irani’s Outrageous Statement RECENTLY Union minister Smriti Irani made an outrageous statement vis-à-vis the Sabarimala temple controversy.  She said: “I am nobody to speak against the Supreme Court. But would you carry a napkin seeped in menstrual blood and walk into a friend’s house?” I must emphasise here that the statement came from a Union minister, who herself is ... Read More »

Preserve Secular Fabric Of India

KAJAL CHATTERJEE, KOLKATA DURING a RSS convention, former president Pranab Mukherjee had stressed on the importance of diversity, equality and tolerance towards all beliefs and faith. Instead of denigrating the Muslim invaders as “aliens”, he had invoked Rabindranath Tagore’s epic poem ‘Bharat Tirtha’ to welcome the incoming flow to India and to be proud of our assimilated history. While indirectly ... Read More »

Economic Woes Call For Long-term Strategy

AMIT KAPOOR THE 2019 general election is now just months away. This means that the time for any significant change on the ground has passed as the government will soon get into campaign mode. However, as is often the case just before an Indian election, matters of economic concern are gaining importance in national conversations. The rupee is plummeting, banking ... Read More »


Fishy Assertion On Formalin FISH is a highly perishable commodity. If it is not maintained at the proper temperature of 5 degree Celsius, it gets spoilt. To avoid that and increase its shelf-life, the sellers use chemicals such as formalin and ammonia. The flip-flop which has put the state government on the backfoot unleashes every day a fresh stream of ... Read More »

Outsiders Hold Sway Over Goan Economy

PACHU MENON, MARGAO AS in Kashmir, debarring outsiders from buying land in Goa has been persistently demanded to protect the interests of the Goans. Such laws are meant to protect the distinct and unique identity of the state. Possibly the inability to enact such stringent laws here has seen a gradual dwindling of the locals into a numerical minority, while ... Read More »

Govt Favouritism Fuels CBI War

VAPPALA BALACHANDRAN HOW do we prevent a situation like the present implosion within the Central Bureau of Investigation? Till the 1990s, the CBI was considered the only dependable instrument to impartially investigate high-level corruption and tangled crimes. That impression disappeared with the ‘hawala’ scam which forced the Supreme Court to issue directions that the Chief Vigilance Commissioner should supervise the ... Read More »


Let Parrikar Recuperate IT was painful to see the frail Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar chairing the Investment Promotion Board meeting on Tuesday. By releasing this photograph, the Chief Minister’s Office may be trying to quell the rising discontent among the people of Goa. It is a fact that the Chief Minister has not been accessible to the public for months ... Read More »

New India Must Shine For All

SHASHI THAROOR THE New India I want is a country where you won’t get lynched for the food you eat, marginalized for the faith you hold dear, criminalized for the person you love and imprisoned for making use of fundamental rights guaranteed by your own Constitution. Instead, we must look forward to a New India that celebrates and welcomes pluralism, ... Read More »


A Right Move Made In Japan INDIA has rightly signed a currency swap agreement worth $75 billion with Japan during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to that country. Surely the swap agreement will aid the country in bringing greater stability to foreign exchange and capital markets in India. Moreover the agreement will result into an important measure in improving the ... Read More »

Eschew Majoritarianism, Cherish Pluralism

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES EVER since the Babri Masjid built in the 16th century by the first Moghul Emperor Babur was demolished on December 6, 1992 by the Hindu ‘kar sevaks’ misguided by the bigoted elements, no day must have passed without discontent in the minds of many that their treasured dream of building a grand Ram Mandir at the demolished ... Read More »