Saturday , 22 September 2018


Tasks Before Taskforce On Direct Tax Code

BINAYAK DATTA I reflect upon one of Winston Churchill’s speeches at a Conservatives’ conclave at Manchester back in 1904. And he says: “…I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” I think nothing could be truer!  A syndrome ... Read More »


Porvorim Road Without Vehicles! A ‘no motor zone’ event will be held at Porvorim on December 10. The road from the SCERT building to the Porvorim police station will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 am to 2 pm. Several food stalls and game arenas will be put up, and there will be various activities like horse-riding, bullock cart-riding, ... Read More »

The New Normal In Goan Politics

PACHU MENON, MARGAO TWO legislators, and both ministers, in the present government stand out for their political acumen and strategic thinking. But both have been accused of selling their souls to the devil. But have they really failed to maintain the moral high ground expected of them as elected representatives of their respective constituencies! Terming them as turncoats, many people ... Read More »

Winds Of Change Blowing Across Gujarat

By Rajdeep Sardesai It may be entirely coincidental, but it is perhaps only appropriate that the Gujarat elections are being held in the week of  the 25th anniversary of  the Babri Masjid demolition. The BJP, after all, hasn’t  lost a single election in Gujarat over this period and the rath yatra which led to the Babri destruction rolled out from ... Read More »


Simultaneous Polls In Larger Interest Vice President of India while inaugurating the annual CIC-convention on December 6 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi in his speech in his ever-humorous and heart-touching manner touched many points of interest of ordinary people like stressing on use of mother-tongue not only in national but even at international forums citing examples of other countries. His ... Read More »

Why Does GFA Have Double Standards?

Solania Lopez, Benaulim Earlier this year at the end of May, GFA suspended forty five professional players, some of them plying their trade in the Indian Super League, I-League, Goa Professional league and other leagues for playing in an unauthorized tournament during the off season and fined the Rs 5000 each and handed them a one month suspension. GFA said ... Read More »

Rahul Gandhi On Trial In Gujarat

By Kuldip Nayar There is no surprise. It was well known that the Congress Party is hopelessly dependent on the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Elevation of Rahul Gandhi to the post of Congress president was along the expected lines. But Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has given another dimension to the happening. He has likened Rahul’s succession to the Mughal dynasty. He ... Read More »


Compensating Shack Owners II In the wake of the damage to the Goa coast by Cyclone Ockhi and the proposal to compensate the beach shacks for the losses is completely out of order. The cyclone was an Act of God as defined in commercial parlance and should be covered by insurance that the beach shacks should have taken out. Moreover ... Read More »

Agonising 25 Years Of Babri Masjid Demolition

MICHAEL VAZ, Merces We feel heartbroken and crestfallen while recollecting the events of December 6, 1992 when the highly infuriated and severely incited Karsevaks became law unto themselves and razed to rubbles the historical Babri Masjid that had adorned the land since centuries. We are well aware how since independence there always had been unabated conflicts on the ownership of ... Read More »

Economy Is Not Out Of The Woods

AMIT KAPOOR THE much-awaited second quarter gross domestic product figures were released last week. It must have come as a relief to the Modi government that economic growth is finally on the upswing. After five successive quarters of decline, growth inched up to 6.3 per cent in the July-September quarter after hitting rock bottom at 5.7 percent in the previous ... Read More »