Saturday, 20 Oct 2018
Category: Oped1

MEA must move beyond Nehruvian past

   MEA must move beyond Nehruvian past Our foreign office must perceive the machinations of pinkish UN tsars and discern the pattern in UN actions.   John O’Sullivan, a British conservative commentator, has a law named after him. O’Sullivan’s First Law says: “All organisations that are not actually Rightwing will over time become Leftwing.” The […]

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Net neutrality: A socialist idea whose time has come

Net neutrality: A socialist idea whose time has come By accepting net neutrality, the government has proved that it is committed to socialism.   You can trust India to remain faithfully wedded to the big-state dogma. By accepting the principle of net neutrality, which prohibits Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from favouring or discriminating against certain […]

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Another awful report targets India

Another awful report targets India   The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey, which says that India is the world’s most dangerous country for women, is an affront to common sense and reason. And yet, thanks to the depravity of our politicians, a bin of garbage and hogwash is talked about and the government is forced to […]

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MSP hike is both bad politics and economics

MSP hike is both bad politics and economics The decision may provide some succour to agriculturists, but the claim that it would end farm distress is a gross exaggeration.   The Narendra Modi government is trying to sell the higher minimum support prices (MSPs) it announced recently as a measure to “end farm distress”. But, […]

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‘Bad’ better than ‘good’ in cinema, literature

‘Bad’ better than ‘good’ in cinema, literature Given our natural predilection for the deviant and the unusual, a movie on Sanjay Dutt was anyway due.   T^he Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju has disturbed the Rashtriya Sevak Sangh, which has questioned the “intent” of the biopic. In fact, its members went on to question the very need […]

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Feminism is illiberal

Feminism is illiberal Ravi Shanker Kapoor .. The recent spate of rapes highlighted by the media has once again brought the champions of feminism to the fore. It is an ideology whose authenticity and goodness are never examined; they are assumed to be true. It may be time to scrutinise contemporary feminism, which nowadays also […]

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George Orwell 2.0 in Karnataka

George Orwell 2.0 in Karnataka Lawmakers elected by people are herded, flocked, and shepherded by party bosses. Is it democracy?   During the high-voltage drama in Karnataka, a lot of terms pertaining to domestication were used—flock, herd, poaching, shepherd, horse trading, et al. Perhaps the English language was expressing itself the situation more aptly than […]

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Little sweet in sugar package

Little sweet in sugar package Rural distress is not restricted to sugarcane farmers. Redemption is possible only with structural reforms.   The Rs 7,000-crore sugar package cleared by the Narendra Modi government on 6 June is another instance of taxpayer-funded state intervention to help farmers. The package is a palliative. Rural distress is not restricted […]

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Sterlite: When Caesarism undermines administration

Sterlite: When Caesarism undermines administration The casualty is the image of India as an investment destination. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is often accused of focusing on optics rather than on substance, but it is wrong to single him out, for he is not the only politician who equates statecraft with perception and event management; everybody […]

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Bank privatisation is only solution

Bank privatisation is only solution Neither the PCA nor any other framework can cure the banking sector, for the problem is structural rather than functional: it is the government ownership that is at the heart of the rot. The Finance Ministry has decided not to urge the Reserve Bank of India to relax its prompt […]

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