Cut & Thrust: Beware the ides of March

The game is truly afoot now. Gorakhpur and Phulpur are not like the isolated bypoll victories in Rajasthan and MP, these are different for they are slapbang in the middle of a polarised Hindu heartland of Uttar Pradesh.  SP’s Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel won Phulpur by 59,613 votes, followed by BJP’s Kaushlendra Singh Patel and Congress’ Manish Mishra. Similarly the red caps’ Praveen Kumar Nishad won the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 21,961 votes.

To die or not to die

The Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan delivered a historic verdict recently on a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause in 2005. The NGO was seeking passive euthanasia and legal recognition for “living will” in India.

More power to us

Power sector is witnessing a transformational change not seen in last several decades. For over a century, coal and gas proved to be the major source of energy for electricity generation. Hydro and nuclear provided green alternative though with a higher capital investment and longer construction cycle.

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Live dangerously

The razor’s edge effect. That is what imperiled equity traders must be thinking of as they sally forth daily in an uncertain market. Robust global growth and better than anticipated corporate earnings momentum tell you that fundamentally equities remain the way forward in terms of asset class rotation. But that could be counter intuitive for the interest rate cycle also appears to be tightening as the inflation ogre returns to threaten the equity rally. Unpredictability and doubt are definitely in the air.

Disequilibrium: Jingoist General’s Needless Diatribe

“The time has come for India to shift focus to its northern border. The country is capable of handling China’s assertiveness. China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation.”

“Yes, China is exerting pressure. We are dealing with it. Yes we should try that it is not escalated. We will not allow our territory to intruded. Troops are earmarked, should a situation arise our troops are ready to cater.”

...So shall you reap

Agriculture and its allied sectors are backbone of the global economy. These sectors play a crucial role of providing food stocks to nurture and energise the world. With growing population, agriculture sector needs to keep pace with the growing food demand. This can be done either by increasing acreage or increasing productivity of existing farmlands.

A monk in the world

Nobody is above the law of our country. Let the truth prevail and the guilty be punished.” said HH Jagadguru Shankaracharaya Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal. As an obituary, it is enough to say that nine years of doubt, while he waited for a court decree, in his favour is a very long time.

Specialisation is the key to globalisation

From starting a football club to owning an event marketing company called Sphinx Adonis Events across the country and then going global has been indeed an eventful journey for two brothers, who are targeting a turnover of Rs 25 crore next fiscal. This financial year they are targeting Rs 15 crore. While owning a football club at a young age was a big dream come true, taking that football club to a successful global event management company was beyond imagination, as it were.


The phrase, “no rest for the wicked” seems to describe the situation the Indian cricket team finds itself in. Having just completed a grueLling series in South Africa, the Indian side will leave shortly for Sri Lanka to play in the Nidahas Trophy. The tournament is being played to celebrate 70 years of Sri Lanka’s Independence. This tri-series is between the 3 Asian cricket playing tigers, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The matches will be played as a 20-20 format.


The political scene in India seems to be now totally attuned to the big electoral battle of 2019 with the opposition focusing on whatever it can find to criticise the Modi government — from the farmer’s suicides to the handling of Kashmir. Incidentally, the tragedy of farmers being compelled to take their lives on account of crop failure had touched its peak under the UPA regime.