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Author : Prof K Nageshwar


Reforming the UN

Reforming the UN

Sep 20,2017 , 02:17 AM IST | Editors Desk
The United Nations General Assembly is holding its annual meeting amid very critical times. It is faced with a world wracked by terrorism, climate change, cyberattacks, huge migration, violence in Middle East and Africa, Afghanistan and Myanmar, and also such issues as violation of human rights, gender parity etc. Emergence of a nuclear renegade in North Korea and uncertainty over fate of Iran nuc
Missing the woods for the trees

Missing the woods for the trees

Sep 20,2017 , 02:04 AM IST | Editors Desk
Prof Kancha Ilaiah's booklet on Vysyas has sparked off a controversy across the two Telugu states. The forces of right reaction that Ilaiah wants to resist seem to be capitalising on the simmering discontent among the community as a whole that feels badly humiliated by his writings. But, hurling abuses and even death threats against an author cannot be justified, however aggrieved one may be. Inst
Sindhu on song

Sindhu on song

Sep 19,2017 , 02:51 AM IST | Editors Desk
Her talent was always evident. From the time she first served notice as a prodigiously gifted shuttler, PV Sindhu was champion material. Her rise to the top of the ladder (she is World No 4 currently) comes as no surprise because she has been a good learner who goes the distance to work on her strengths and weaknesses
R.I.P Marshal Arjan Singh

R.I.P Marshal Arjan Singh

Sep 18,2017 , 12:20 AM IST | Editors Desk
On July 27, 2015 when former president APJ Abdul Kalam's mortal remains were brought to the Palam Airport for onward journey to Rameshwaram, there was a riveting moment. The whole nation was watching one man who came to pay his tributes to Abdul Kalam ahead of others on a wheelchair.
High-speed dream

High-speed dream

Sep 16,2017 , 04:14 AM IST | Editors Desk
Advancements in technology augur well for any society. That's what the bullet train did to Japan. Shinkansen, as the bullet train is known in Japanese, played key role in the growth of Japanese economy as it reduced travel time between key cities and towns drastically, putting industries, suppliers, workers and consumers on a jet-speed transportation lane.
Dynastic debate

Dynastic debate

Sep 15,2017 , 04:31 AM IST | Editors Desk
The remarks by the Congress scion on dynasties in India continue to reverberate. It is true that South Asian politics are characterised by the phenomenon of dynasties. The justification for this malaise is that after all, the dynasty can only be an initial advantage and one has to prove oneself at the hustings. The people’s mandate, it is argued, would absolve one of any such criticism.
A crude policy

A crude policy

Sep 14,2017 , 03:28 AM IST | Editors Desk
Not long ago, petrol and diesel used to be a huge drag on the central government’s coffers owing to huge subsidies that it had to extend to keep their prices lower. But the trend was reversed with the Modi government, which assumed power in 2014, refusing to pass the benefits of lower crude oil prices to the end consumers
Striking right notes

Striking right notes

Sep 13,2017 , 02:36 AM IST | Editors Desk
At last, the Centre seems to be seizing the Kashmiri moment, as green shoots of stability are beginning to sprout in the valley. Ever since the gunning down of Burhan Wani in July 2016, the valley has been on the boil. The nation witnessed unprecedented waves of youth fighting pitched battles with security forces for months on end.
Characterising September 17

Characterising September 17

Sep 13,2017 , 02:33 AM IST | Editors Desk
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has found in the run-up to the low-key September 17 celebrations a golden chance to corner the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government. The State government’s disinclination to officially celebrate the day, let alone hype, has given ammunition to the saffron brigade.
A gritty comeback

A gritty comeback

Sep 12,2017 , 03:50 AM IST | Editors Desk
From being hailed as the king of clay to one surmounting every surface, Rafael Nadal occupies a rare place in the world of tennis. His third US Open title triumph reinforced the fact that for all the emergence of the Gen Next, big time tennis is still the monopoly of the Big four with Roger Federer, Novaj Djokovic and Andy Murray being the other three.
Dealing with Rohingya crisis

Dealing with Rohingya crisis

Sep 11,2017 , 02:59 AM IST | Editors Desk
As suspected, the Rohingya crisis has attained the contours of a full-blown humanitarian crisis largely due to the cold shouldering given to it not only by the local Myanmar Government but also due to the criminal silence of the world at large. Fearing Buddhist backlash and the wrath of her Generals, Noble Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor, is allowing the State to persecute mill
Missing the bull’s eye

Missing the bull’s eye

Sep 09,2017 , 01:59 AM IST | Editors Desk
Is the new Union Sports Minister going the way his predecessors have? This question may raise eyebrows in one section but to those into active sports, it appears to be a logic-driven doubt. A tragedy of Indian sports administrators is that there has never been a Sports Minister, who could understand the nuances inside out.
GDP in slow lane

GDP in slow lane

Sep 08,2017 , 04:09 AM IST | Editors Desk
If we go by the optimism in the air and the political rhetoric that pervades every walk of life these days, Indian economy should be in express lane, clocking double digit growth at minimum. But that is starkly untrue, as GDP numbers suggest. For the past 15 months, the economy has been on a bumpy road, losing steam quarter after quarter. The slowdown is across the board save for government spendi
Killing dissent

Killing dissent

Sep 07,2017 , 02:49 AM IST | Editors Desk
The heinous murder of eminent journalist and public intellectual Gauri Lankesh is a reflection of extreme levels of intolerance that are on the ascent in the recent past. This killing is not an isolated incident. It follows the familiar pattern in which other rationalists like Govind Pansare, Narendra Dhabolkar and MM Kalburgi were assassinated.
For a slice of IPL pie

For a slice of IPL pie

Sep 06,2017 , 02:50 AM IST | Editors Desk
Ludicrously outrageous’ perhaps best describes the doles that were splurged to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The baffling bids made by the contenders and the Rs 16,347.50 crore offer that eventually won the rights for Star India speaks about the willingness of big guns to make hay in the name of cricket.
Defusing Korean crisis

Defusing Korean crisis

Sep 05,2017 , 01:26 AM IST | Editors Desk
The North Korea successfully testing what is being described as a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) has alarmed the global community. The Pyongyang new nuclear initiative despite American President warning of “fire and fury” clearly indicates the strategic masterstroke by the North Korean leadership.
A bit disturbing

A bit disturbing

Sep 04,2017 , 02:16 AM IST | Editors Desk
Choosing a Cabinet Minister surely is the Prime Minister's prerogative and no one can question it. But when someone like Narendra Modi ejects a few from his team on the basis of non-performance and promotes at least four of his junior ministers to the Cabinet rank while opting for a couple of career bureaucrats to lead the nation, several questions do rise.
Poll-ready exercise

Poll-ready exercise

Sep 02,2017 , 02:28 AM IST | Editors Desk
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to revamp his cabinet. The reports suggest that Sunday reshuffle will be a mega exercise unlike the earlier ones which only tinkered with the existing team. With the 2019 elections fast approaching and the crucial Assembly elections slated before it, this cabinet reshuffle assumes political significance.
Questions galore

Questions galore

Aug 31,2017 , 10:34 PM IST | Editors Desk
The data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its annual report raises some fundamental questions on the efficacy of government’s much-touted demonetisation measure.
Fitness focus

Fitness focus

Aug 31,2017 , 02:12 AM IST | Editors Desk
Chief coach of Indian badminton Pullela Gopichand has been widely revered for being a tough taskmaster, who gives no leeway or extra privileges to any of his pupils irrespective of any fame they have achieved. It makes no difference to him whether it is PV Sindhu or one who is knocking on the doors of big time badminton.
A win-win initiative

A win-win initiative

Aug 30,2017 , 01:27 AM IST | Editors Desk
The over two-month standoff between India and China over the Chinese bid to reclaim Doklam from Bhutan, which has serious strategic implications for India, has ended much to the relief of both Asian giants. In a win-win, they realised gravity of the situation and set in motion a consummate diplomacy that led to mutual disengagement of troops.
Interpreting Nandyal verdict

Interpreting Nandyal verdict

Aug 30,2017 , 01:24 AM IST | Editors Desk
The results of Nandyal bypoll triggered a fresh round of political rhetoric between the ruling Telugu Desam and the opposition YSR Congress. Quite characteristic of himself, the opposition leader Jaganmohan Reddy refused to give up and challenged the TDP supremo to seek the resignations of all the defected legislators to make it a referendum on his rule.
Opposition potpourri

Opposition potpourri

Aug 29,2017 , 02:50 AM IST | Editors Desk
Yet again, a medley of parties descended on the invitation of RJD chief to unleash a battle cry against the BJP. But, what intrigues political observers is the character of such a combine besides its ability to take on the Modi juggernaut in 2019.
Abject surrender

Abject surrender

Aug 28,2017 , 12:48 AM IST | Editors Desk
“The Prime Minister is of the nation and not that of the BJP”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court remarked on Saturday as followers of another “goddamn man” wreaked havoc.
Inalienable right

Inalienable right

Aug 25,2017 , 02:40 AM IST | Editors Desk
In what could be described as a crucial milestone in the annals of Indian judicature and broadly hailed by one and all, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court comprising nine judges has unanimously upheld the Right to Privacy of citizens, a protection the Bench read into Article 21 of the Constitution, that guarantees a right to life and personal liberty. The Constitution Bench unanimously in
Degrading Arjun Award

Degrading Arjun Award

Aug 24,2017 , 01:58 AM IST | Editors Desk
It has become an unbecoming characteristic of the annual exercise. It is one thing to cook up excuses after an athlete comes a cropper on the competitive battlefield and quite another when they condemn all and sundry after missing out on the Arjuna awards roll of honour. This ‘sour-grapes’ tendency is loathsome because those missing the bus tend to point an accusing finger at the selection panel
Landmark verdict

Landmark verdict

Aug 23,2017 , 01:23 AM IST | Editors Desk
In a majority 3:2 judgment, a five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside 'talaq-e-biddat' or instant and irrevocable 'talaq' as a "manifestly arbitrary" practice bringing curtains down on a long-debated interpretation in Islam. The practice in itself was not protected by Article 25 (freedom of religion) of the Constitution.
Language in game of thrones

Language in game of thrones

Aug 23,2017 , 01:14 AM IST | Editors Desk
The Nandyal bypoll saw a verbal warfare with both sides indulging in unsparing attack on each other. Such a belligerent polemics are not uncommon, especially when the contest is nail-biting. But, what is disturbing is the language used in this game of thrones. Why should language in politics be so ridiculous? One plausible explanation is that the Nandyal outcome seems to be heading for a photo f
Political hypocrisy

Political hypocrisy

Aug 22,2017 , 02:02 AM IST | Editors Desk
The merger of the two factions of AIADMK reflects the hallmark of political hypocrisy. O Panneerselvam had accused E Palaniswamy faction of being totally corrupt. But, now, he conveniently finds pride in becoming the deputy to EPS. Similarly, EPS prostrated before Sasikala. Now, she is removed from the party to facilitate the merger.
Yet, another accident

Yet, another accident

Aug 21,2017 , 01:15 AM IST | Editors Desk
Yet again, many lives were lost as Utkal Express derailed. This again brings to the fore the vexed issue of rail safety that remains widely debated and poorly implemented.