Time to talk: on Centre-RBI differences

Time to talk: on Centre-RBI differences   The Centre-RBI face-off is not healthy. They must resolve their differences in private The simmering(उभरते/नरज़ हो जाना) tensions over the last few months between the Reserve Bank of India and the Centre found spectacular release over the weekend through a public speech by Deputy Governor Viral Acharya. “Governments that do […]

“The Usurpation of Free Speech”

“The Usurpation of Free Speech”   Furore over a BBC programme captures the worldwide success of the far right in capturing space on diverse platforms. Last month, ‘Newsnight’, a weekday BBC current affairs programme, faced much criticism online over a segment due to be aired that evening on 35-year-old Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, better known to the […]

“The Unifier of Modern India”

“The Unifier of Modern India”   Remembering Sardar Patel’s stupendous role in integrating the princely States into independent India. “By common endeavour we can raise the country to a new greatness, while a lack of unity will expose us to fresh calamities.” These pragmatic but profound remarks defined the vision and the sterling character of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the principal unifier of […]

The sedition debate

The sedition debate   Thoroughly overhauling Section 124-A is good, but repealing it is much better Rulers everywhere tend to treat trenchant criticism as attempts to excite disaffection and disloyalty. That is perhaps the only reason that Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code, enacted under colonial rule, remains on the statute book. There have been repeated instances of its misuse. […]

Cyclone Gaja: Being prepared against extreme events

Cyclone Gaja: Being prepared against extreme events   Coastal districts must continue to strengthen resilience against extreme weather events Tamil Nadu was more prepared(तैयार) than before to deal with Cyclone Gaja(चक्रवात गाजा) when it made landfall between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam on November 16, but it still took a toll of at least 45 lives. The severe(तीव्र/गंभीर) cyclonic storm damaged(क्षतिग्रस्त) infrastructure, property and agriculture(कृषि). Even so, […]

A crippling shortage: on vacancies in courts

A crippling shortage: on vacancies in courts   Lower courts, performing critical functions, must not be bogged down by vacancies The burgeoning(तेजी से बढ़ते) docket(प्रमाण/दलील) burden(बोझ/भार) that weighs down the judiciary(न्यायालय-संबंधी/अदालती) is not because of its lumbering judicial processes alone, as it is often made out. The chronic(स्थायी/पुराना) shortage of judges and severe understaffing of the courts they preside(अध्यक्षता ) over are significant(महत्वपूर्ण) reasons. More […]

Full disclosure: on the credit rating industry

Full disclosure: on the credit rating industry   Structural reforms are needed to bring accountability to the credit rating industry After the IL&FS crisis(संकटकाल), the Securities and Exchange Board of India is now trying to increase(वृद्धि) the level of scrutiny on credit rating agencies that failed to warn(चेतावनी दी) investors(निवेशकों) about it. SEBI has come out with new guidelines(दिशानिर्देशों ) to improve(सुधारना) the […]

Dangerous tactics: on recent Maoist attacks

Dangerous tactics: on recent Maoist attacks   Recent attacks suggest that Maoists are focussing on greater militarisation There has been an uptick(इजाफा) in attacks by Maoists, indicating( दर्शाता है) that their ability(क्षमता/सामर्थ्य) to strike remains strong. Last week, in two attacks(हमले) in Chhattisgarh, five persons were killed( मारे गए) in a blast(विस्फोट) in Dantewada district, and one BSF sub-inspector was killed in Kanker district. Maoists have also owned(स्वीकार […]

Oldest friends: India and Russia

Oldest friends: India and Russia   India needs to stand firm on its deep engagement with Russia in coming months India-Russia summits have traditionally been short on time and ceremony and big on productivity(उत्पादिता. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 22-hour visit to Delhi last week was no exception(आपत्ति/अपवाद). On Friday, the two countries announced a number of agreements, including a […]

Beyond criticism?: on ‘Sarkar’ controversy

Beyond criticism?: on ‘Sarkar’ controversy   The uproar over ‘Sarkar’ reveals a strong streak of political intolerance in Tamil Nadu Bullying(धमकाना/भयभीत करना) film-makers into shelving projects or effecting cuts is not new in India. However, it is not often that a State government or the ruling party resorts(सहारा लेना/प्रयोग करना) to threat(खतरे/आशंका) and intimidation(डराना-धमकाना) against a commercial film. The AIADMK in Tamil […]

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