Editorial

Editorial

Encounter killings: A procedural injustice

There is a deadly phenomenon on the rise in India. In the last seven years alone between 2010 and 2017, there were 725 cases of suspicious civilian deaths as per numbers released by the National Human Rights Commission. Labeled by the Supreme Court as “state sponsored terrorism”, fake encounter allegations are on the upswing. Steering clear of the highly politicised debate surrounding fake encounters and encounter deaths, this article focuses on the legal underpinnings of police encounters.

Farm crisis real but can be tackled

The oldest civilisation, Indus valley, vanished because of persistent drought. This is a stark remainder to policy makers that they will have to tackle persistent drought in parts of the country failing which those civilisation could disappear in a couple of centuries. Farm crisis in India is real particularly in states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which is going to witness yet another drought this year despite good monsoon forecast for the third consecutive year in the rest of the country.

Beyond the Clouds and Other Similar Themes

Ajid Majidi brings to the theatre, fictionalised documentaries, such as Beyond the Clouds, which is about prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers and the detachment of those who live in conditions of dread and victimhood. The linear tale is complicated, and by the time moviegoers have left the theatre, and the ushers come in to clear the hall for the next show, there is a sense of the decrepit that accompanies everyone like a cloak.

Disequilibrium: Whingeing over heritage

The needless controversy and brouhaha over the handing over of Red Fort to a corporate has evoked myriad reactions since it involves our heritage. India remains capital deficit and this holds good for the Archaeological Survey of India as well. Moreover, the Consolidated Fund of India offers only that much financial leeway as it seeks its daily tryst with a bigger bang for the buck. The theory of elasticity is challenged daily in India by both the government and the hoi polloi. This is an across the board phenomenon as the government constantly battles a shortage of funds and capital.

Nun living among the Musahars of Bihar

Sister Sudha Varghese may look like a very ordinary woman. But look inside her heart, and she shines out as an extraordinary nun. It must have taken something to inspire her to dedicate her life for 30 long years working for the welfare of the Bihar’s Musahars. Varghese, who started an NGO called Nari Gunjan in 1987, set up a residential schools for girls of this downtrodden community and also offered livelihood programmes for women.

Millets, Monsoon & Market

Considering the importance of millets, both for improving nutrition security and climate resilience, the Government of India has declared 2018 as a National Millet Year.

Enlarging the food basket

Dynastic vs non-dynastic politics

Since 2014 general elections, those who want to stop BJP juggernaut have been calling Rahul by names and branding him as inept, unwilling and unfit for politics and so on, as he has been unable to turn the tables in his party’s favour. However, the same people are not ready to understand why Rahul Gandhi could not turn the tables in his party’s favour.

Cut & Thrust: Brutal cage match fatigued

The media whirligig constantly looking for new juice to keep the frenzy fed appears fatigued when it comes to Kashmir. Suddenly one finds that Kashmir has gone off the grid, both militants and soldiers dying do not make headlines anymore. Yes, it finds a place on the inside pages, but that is where it rests for now. The bark of constant gunfire, its fusillade resulting in death is no longer priority on the playlist. Kashmir Valley’s brutal cage match with its shadow of death has no morality clause attached to it.

Manage risk with cyber insurance

The recent spike in occurrence of cybercrime across the globe has made it obvious that it is no more a question of “whether” but a question of “when”. The average cost to the organisation of these breaches is estimated to be close to $5 million. Multiple analyst reports place the average cost per breached record between $78 and $277. This cost is attributed to investigation and remediation activities, notifications to be sent to customers and other stakeholders, change in credit worthiness, reputation management, legal fees and settlements and any regulatory fines arising from the breach.

Disequilibrium: THE CRONY RIGHT

Life’s impermanence is not something you need to be reminded of. And yet, history’s learning are never transposed. Agreed that in a pride of lions, the female is always the care giver and hunter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that women on the fringes of a political formation have to be rewarded with trinkets.

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