NEW DELHI, May 15 -- Every time violence rocks Kashmir, inflicting more human misery, the aftermath is invariably followed by a set pattern of platitudes. From 'time to act' to 'about time the Kashimiri issue is settled', the response of those who shape our national discourse has grown stale. The Indian Army oversteps its limits and ties an innocent Kashmiri to a jeep as a human shield and we are told the Army leadership must be more mature. When... Read More
NEW DELHI, May 15 -- With three cases against it now pending before a yet-to-be formed constitution bench of the Supreme Court, it is time to look at the real issues around Aadhaar (and there's no denying the fact that there are some, especially related to privacy and security). That would mean looking beyond smear campaigns, old and new.
There have been several, including allegations that the Unique Identification Authority of India issued huge... Read More
NEW DELHI, May 15 -- Three years ago, on May 16, the people of this country put a stamp of approval on Narendra Damodardas Modi becoming prime minister. In response Modi had politely described himself as pradhan sevak (principal servant). Three years later, it may be appropriate to ask how Modi has fared during his tenure of service.
The people's verdict can be interpreted as a report card for politicians. He has done well on this parameter. Whe... Read More
NEW DELHI, May 14 -- I think Indians should go to China" said my Bengali maid of years, whose state has been ruled by assorted 'party dadas' for decades.
"Why?" I said, startled. My maid had just got back from a month in her village. "There are no jobs back home. So there are hardly any men, all you see are girls and women," she rued.
"But why should they go to China?"
"These days almost everything in the Indian market says 'Made in China'. T... Read More
NEW DELHI, May 14 -- The Mamanet Mothers Cachibol league is a social- sports project specifically designed for mothers, and very soon Indian mothers will also get a taste of this sport, as the organisers are establishing their network here.
The league, which is an hour-long game similar to volley ball - the only difference is that instead of hitting the ball, a player needs to catch and throw the ball - started in the city of Kafra in Israel.
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NEW DELHI, May 14 -- Rodrigo Alves, 33, is the man who wants to look like a plastic doll so desperately that he's undergone 57 surgeries and more than a 100 cosmetic procedures since he was 17. He's so plastic now that he can't feel his face, but that's not stopped him.
Alves was in Delhi for 10 days recently to get the colour of his eyes changed from brown to icy grey like his role model Ken, Barbie's "fantastically fashionable" partner/ boyfri... Read More
NEW DELHI, May 14 -- What lands small kids at hospital emergencies? There is a possibility the reasons that first come to your mind would be sickness, cuts, injuries, allergies etc. However, a recent US study found cotton swabs (ear buds) sending about 34 American children to the hospital emergency every day.
The study that was published online in The Journal of Pediatrics works as a warning for parents to keep those cotton buds away from their ... Read More
NEW DELHI, May 14 -- A friend who analyses conversations on social media tells me that expressions of economic anxiety have become as frequent as they used to be in 2013. Back then, India had fallen off a high growth trajectory - amid rising global uncertainties and lingering political differences that stalled policy making at home. The nation's aspirational journey had paused, triggering a clamour for change. In the elections that followed in 20... Read More
NEW DELHI, May 14 -- The closest I've ever got to Prince Philip was at my graduation in 1977. Perhaps because he became Chancellor of Cambridge in the preceding year he was personally present to handover the degrees. Unfortunately, I can't recall what he said or if he spoke at all. Yet if he only grunted, while his eyes lit up with mischief, it would be typical of the man.
In an age when we're suffocatingly conscious of political correctness the... Read More
NEW DELHI, May 14 -- You must have heard of Draupadi Murmu by now. Ah yes, you will say, the tribal woman from Odisha who just might be India's next President. Tribal, yes, but that is not all she is and that is not what should matter at all. She has been an academic, a governor and has held several ministerial portfolios, yet her utility is being seen as her tribal origins and with it the possibility that she could become a mascot to gain votes ... Read More