Author: nodisplay

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  • Shirking Responsibility

    Shirking Responsibility

    Indian democracy is designed on the Westminister model, and it proximates the structural moorings of the same rules and regulations of governance. Beyond the trumpeted statistics as the ‘world’s largest democracy’, the grim reality of the dismal condition of its institutions ~ legislature, judiciary and executive ~ showcases a huge gap between the two ‘mature’ …

    April 9, 2018
  • Flying Solo

    Flying Solo

    I live alone. This is in sharp contrast to a much larger part of my life. I grew up living with my two parents and two brothers. Two aunts played such key parts in my life, and influenced me so much, that they were virtually two additional parents. My parents had many friends and they …

    April 2, 2018
  • The nuclear legacy trap

    The nuclear legacy trap

    The Heaven’s vengeance is slow but sure’. – Ancient philosopher Laozi ‘We are but transient passengers on this planet Earth. It does not belong to us. We are not free to doom generations yet unborn. We are not at liberty to erase humanity’s past or dim its future. Social systems do not endure for eternity. …

    April 2, 2018
  • Flop Show in the sky

    Flop Show in the sky

    India’s first “air show” was held as a private venture in December 1993 at  the  “old airport”, south of  Bangalore.  It was organised by an inexperienced entity  and it turned out  to be a “flop air show”. There was chaos and confusion in the arena; the organisers were helpless. Lessons, however, were quickly learnt. The …

    April 2, 2018
  • Naked Donald Trump statue going up for auction

    Naked Donald Trump statue going up for auction

    A statue of a naked Donald Trump is going on the auction block. Julien’s Auction says the sculpture is the last statue remaining that was not vandalized or destroyed when it was displayed along with others in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland in the weeks before the Republican was elected president. The …

    March 27, 2018
  • Somebody waited for me

    Somebody waited for me

    I had left her,” Roy said. “I had left her for no good reason, except that one day I wanted to leave her. I was young and silly and needed no good reason to do anything.  Maybe I had tired of my life at it was, or maybe I wanted to try something new. I …

    March 26, 2018
  • Farmland as a commodity

    Farmland as a commodity

    The age-old tussle over scarce resources is nothing new and with land increasingly becoming a scarce resource the world is witnessing an increased struggle for it. However, the pace with which urban and industrial development encroaches on farmland and the way large tracts of farmland are going into private hands has not been witnessed since …

    March 26, 2018
  • Inching towards Taiwan

    Inching towards Taiwan

    After his re-election to a second term in office, the Chinese President struck a strongly nationalistic tone in his closing address to the annual session of the National People’s Congress, with a firm assertion that China would never allow “one inch” of territory to be separated from it. Xi thundered that China is ready to …

    March 26, 2018
  • Story of a story that hasn’t been told

    Story of a story that hasn’t been told

    So when am I going to be able to watch Al Jazeera’s hard-hitting investigation into Israel’s powerful lobby in the United States? Remember Al Jazeera? The tough, no-holds-barred Middle East satellite channel that transformed Qatar into a media empire whose reports frightened dictators and infuriated potentates and presidents alike? Why, George W Bush once wanted …

    March 19, 2018
  • Unlivable Planet

    Unlivable Planet

    The man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he’s been given. But up to now, he hasn’t been a creator, only a destroyer. ~ Anton Chekhov It is generally believed that life today is healthier than in the past. The view is endorsed by …

    March 19, 2018
  • Snapping but not seeing

    Snapping but not seeing

    I was at a superbly choreographed wedding in Loudoun County: an old country church, handsomely decorated, a patrician pastor with a leather-bound Bible in hand, and elegantly dressed men and women waiting expectantly in the pews. Precisely at the right moment began the third movement of Bach’s violin concerto in E major, and the bride …

    March 12, 2018
  • Delhi stand-off should end now

    Delhi stand-off should end now

    The stalemate between the elected Government of Delhi and its bureaucracy continues even though more than two weeks have passed since the horrific incident at midnight on February 19. The physical assault on the Chief Secretary at the residence of the Chief Minister was an abominable act. It was unprecedented only in the sense that …

    March 12, 2018
  • Away from Court~II

    Away from Court~II

    Calcutta High Court presently has no Chief Justice. Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya has been the acting Chief Justice for quite a few months, but despite the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium for his appointment as the permanent Chief Justice of the High Court, the Central Government has failed to perform its duty to forward Justice …

    March 12, 2018
  • Not Giving Up

    Not Giving Up

    Some people you never forget. The Philippines was a professional landmark for me. Until then I had a nine-to-five job, rushing to the office early each day and returning home late to lick my wounds. In Manila, I decided to be a consultant, devoting three days to teaching and advising in a management institute, two …

    February 26, 2018
  • Next MPC should look at interest rate cut

    Next MPC should look at interest rate cut

    Economic analysts were waiting for the decision of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which held its meeting on 6 and 7 February 2018. Its decisions were made public at 2.30 pm on 7 February. MPC decided to maintain status quo on the repo rate and reverse repo rate at 6 per cent and 5.75 per cent …

    February 26, 2018
  • West’s Diamond in China’s sky

    West’s Diamond in China’s sky

    It is another instance of China’s “forward policy of taking-over foreign technology through outright purchase” which appears to have foxed Europe. This strategy of takeover is aimed at reducing the technology-advantage of the West, irrespective of its power, location, position. Indeed, China is moving too fast for the West to grasp the gravity of the …

    February 26, 2018
  • He loved the sea

    He loved the sea

    The Malliks, our neighbors, were an affluent family and every year they went on a family vacation. Roy, their eldest son, was in my class and would tell me of the exotic places they visited. I must have evinced some interest – my family could only afford to visit relatives for vacation! – because one …

    February 19, 2018