Tag Archives: opinion

Prannoy Roy Vs CBI Raids: Issue Turns Uglier?

With Arun Shourie and other journalists supporting Prannoy Roy over the CBI raids on an ICICI Bank default case involving Rs.48 crore, the stark question is whether it was an isolated incident of financial impropriety or muzzling press freedom by the authorities. Ironic but the answer is positive for both. The bank loan issue relates to an old 2008 case ...

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Actress, Former MP Ramya Haunted for Pakistan Remarks?

The attention is surprisingly on former Mandya MP and Kannada actress Ramya (real name Divya Spandana), who had recently visited Pakistan to attend the SAARC summit for young parliamentarians. Ramya wrote in her blog: “We need to build enduring bridges with our neighbours” and refuted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s charge that “Pakistan is hell”. She refuted the categorical characterisation of ...

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Destroying History the ISIS Way?

History cannot be replayed and that’s precisely why it should be preserved. The barbaric destruction of historical monuments by the Islamic State in its captured territories of Syria and Iraq go beyond mere massacre of the innocent. The savage terror group has been bulldozing and dynamiting vital treasures of art and culture nurtured over centuries and gained a pride of ...

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PEW Survey: Poor Marks for China on Human Rights

  While overall ratings for China are mostly positive, that is not the case on the issue of individual liberty. Across 39 countries, a median of 45% say the Chinese government does not respect the personal freedoms of its people, while only 34% say that it does. Publics in the EU and North America are the most likely to say ...

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India’s Helathcare System: How to Strengthen it?

By Amit Kapoor  One of the biggest challenges India faces and will continue to face in the forthcoming decades is in the context of healthcare. It would include issues like health accessibility, infant mortality rates, the stunted growth of children because of ill health, maternal health, disease patterns among its adult population as well as the challenges pertaining to its ...

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Post-Budget View: What India needs to do beyond annual budget

By Frank Islam WASHINGTON, DC: For a while now, the performance of the Indian economy has been driving supporters of India worldwide to the sort of frustration that is often experienced by parents and teachers of a gifted teenager whose behavioral issues come in the way of fulfilling his or her enormous promise. Once the poster child of growth, the ...

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New Yorker piece on Jain brothers of TOI one-sided

The New Yorker magazine has come out with a serious write-up on The Times of India’s survival strategy despite the fast eroding print medium in the West. Titled CITIZENS JAIN, elaborating the way TOI owners Samir and Vineet Jain brothers embarked upon innovative sales strategy undermining the ethics of journalism and the core values of this profession in India. Explaining “Why India’s ...

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Doha debate asks Syrian President Assad to go

The reputation of Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad came under sustained attack at the latest Doha Debate, where more than 90 percent of the audience called on him to resign. The session provoked tense and often bitter exchanges between panelists, who argued that Assad should stay and reform, and young, predominantly Arab debaters who repeatedly condemned the killing of more ...

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It’s going to be a long legal battle ahead for Rajat Gupta

By Sharmistha Chakraborty WASHINGTON, DC: The stage is set for a high-stake legal battle between the US government and Rajat Gupta, one of America’s most respected corporate leaders. The Kolkata-born Gupta, charged with insider trading, has pleaded not guilty and was granted bail after he turned himself in at the office of Federal Bureau of investigation in Manhattan on last ...

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