Wednesday , 19 September 2018


Is the RTI law in danger of losing its might?

Poulomi Banerjee   In 2015, activist Lokesh Batra filed a Right to Information (RTI) application with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) seeking details about the appointment of the next chief information commissioner (CIC). But the DoPT refused to share the information, saying that the process of appointment was still on and the information was part of “cabinet papers,” ... Read More »

It’s been a momentous two decades indeed

Karan Thapar Today Sunday Sentiments is 20-years-old. It can now claim to be an adult column! However, the elements of juvenility that you frequently glimpse are a true reflection of my personality. I’m a child at heart. For some, in fact, a spoilt brat. The moments of sententious pontification – and I have to admit there are a few – ... Read More »

It’s time we went back to nature

Shashi Shekhar I woke up earlier than usual that morning. Gradually, when I regained my senses, I felt another sound apart from the sound of the air-conditioner that had broken my slumber. The sound has a unique rhythm and melody. It ebbs and flows and follows a pattern. It was the sound of falling rain. When I sat down in ... Read More »

We need a president like Narayanan

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Twenty years ago, on the 17th of this month, India elected Kocheril Raman Narayanan (KRN) its president, the 10th in the line that had been inaugurated by Rajendra Prasad in 1950. The election was hailed not just because he had obtained a staggering 95 per cent of the votes cast and that, with a minority government having proposed ... Read More »

Breaking concrete, damaging ties

Frederick Noronha There is this story I heard which helped me to deal with a number of nasty situations. It is the story of the Buddha and an apple. Or rather how to deal with an insult. It is said the Buddha was walking through a village. An angry, rude young man came up and insulted him. The Buddha did ... Read More »

A pharma leader, yet India fails its own

Sanchita Sharma The paradox that is India is most apparent in its health and pharma sector, which provides life-saving medicines and services to the world but denies the same quality of care to its population of 1.3 billion. The window-dressing is impressive. India’s strong pharmaceutical sector and 21 major vaccine-manufacturing companies have made it the world’s biggest supplier of quality ... Read More »

Constructing Contemporary Konkan

Tensing Rodrigues Is trans-Sahyadri Konkan relevant today? At some point in history, Konkan did perhaps occupy a vast swathe of land across the ancient mountains. But contemporary Konkan – the territory where Konkani is spoken as the native language – includes much less – some districts, wholly or partly, of Maharashtra and Karnataka, besides the whole of Goa. But leaving ... Read More »

Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan’s new series gives voices to women in the Mahabharata

The first novel in the series, The One Who Swam with the Fishes, is about Satyavati – the Kuru queen who altered the clan’s dynasty forever. Manali Shah The Mahabharata refers to Satyavati, the great-grandmother of the Pandava and Kaurava princes, by multiple names: Matysyagandha (she who smells of fish), Gandhavati (the fragrant one) and Vasavi (daughter of king Vasu). ... Read More »

Laudato Si and Goa

Luis Dias In my half-century as a baptised Roman Catholic, these current years with Pope Francis at the helm are easily the most exciting time to be part of the faith. I used to feel that during the John Paul II era as well, but this Pope has gone beyond all before him in reaching out to others, pushing boundaries ... Read More »

Asus ZenFone AR is a refreshing flagship smartphone with AR and VR capability

Abhijit Ahaskar Asus’ Tango and Daydream enabled smartphone, the ZenFone AR, will be available in India from July 13 on at `49,999. The smartphone’s claim to fame is the AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) capabilities which separates it from other flagship rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 (`57,900) and the HTC U11 (`51,900) . Asus is ... Read More »