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.

Realising oil and gas potential

India is growing fast. Therefore, accelerating exploration and production of India’s potential petroleum resources is crucial to support a rapidly expanding economy, as well as fuel demand for greater mobility, and boost infrastructure for the nation, which is soon expected to be the world’s most populous country.

War and Peace

The US, UK and France launched strikes against targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of April 14. All forms of media are flooded with the details of the attack, and many more details are still pouring in. The US claims that the strikes only targeted a scientific research center in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs in Syria, and a chemical equipment storage facility.

Erasing glorious history, bit by bit

Author Amit Chaudhuri’s heart sinks every time he sees a sign up on the boundary walls of old Kolkata bungalows, announcing their impending demolition. He sees the sign as an obit notice for another building that has long been a part of the city. 

Pitter-patter of the first monsoon rains

After three of the past four monsoons fell short, plunging parts of the nation into severe drought, the outlook for 2018 is better. Early forecasts call for rainfall close to the 50-year average. That would be a relief after recent disappointments: The 2015 monsoon was the driest in six years because of El Nino and followed a poor monsoon in 2014, leaving major cities such as Mumbai rationing water supplies. 

The Swift scam

Indian banks, known for their robustness and dexterity have traditionally commanded respect and trust of their customers across the board. In 2008, when the global financial crisis spared none, it was the sharp foresight of RBI, which caused it to issue an advisory to banks against excessive exposure to high risk sectors like real estate. Indian banks survived the trans-national crisis on the back of strong fundamentals and adherence to procedural requirements of the regulator. This further enhanced confidence of customers in the banking system.

Change the Kashmir policy

Anti-terrorism units of Army, police and the other operational security forces/agencies have termed/described the elimination of more than a dozen terrorists and arrest of one, on Sunday, as a major success in anti-terrorist operations. “Indeed it is” – but with a caveat that its collateral damage of death of civilians and security personnel and damage to civilian property is painful.

Human rights fighter wins ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

Colin Gonsalves, no relative of mine, is an extraordinary human being. His heart is in the right place and it beats for the poorest of the poor, the dispossessed and the marginalized of India irrespective of their caste, creed and colour. No wonder, the senior Supreme Court lawyer and founder of the Human Rights Law Network was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. He shared the 3 million kronor ($374,000) cash award with Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova and Ethiopian lawyer Yetnebersh Nigussie.

Impact of Internet on agriculture

Sukhwinder Singh is a re-born farmer from district Sangrur in Punjab – from conventional to organic farming. Born in post green revolution era which specialised in usage of fertilisers and pesticides, he had never thought of farming without using urea, the popular chemical fertiliser in the rural hinterland of Punjab and Haryana. Urea is popularly known as ray-spray in Punjab. His father and three uncles had nearly 100 acres of farm and enjoyed the surplus from green revolution and were able to send Sukhwinder and his cousins to study in good colleges and universities.

15th Finance Commission mired in controversy

The ruling BJP is always seen as a party of North Indians despite all its efforts to create a Pan-India image and the controversy over the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission has only given credence to the feeling that it is a party of the Hindi speaking cow-belt. The changed population criteria in the 15th Finance Commission to consider 2011 census for arriving at population weightage for devolution of central funds instead of the earlier practice of 1971 census will definitely benefit North Indian states, which are ruled by BJP.