Unfurling a Controversy

Above: The national flag has been a rallying point for patriots and activists as seen in the India Against Corruption protests at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya The national flag reigns supreme and no state government should question that. The Karnataka government’s recent move to even consider an alternative to the Tricolour was […]

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Not a Burning Issue

Above: The tradition of burning Ravan’s effigy has been in practice in many parts of northern India for centuries. Photo: UNI The apex court recently dismissed a PIL which wanted a ban on the burning of Ravan effigies, saying that certain traditions are protected under the constitution   ~By Justice K Sreedhar Rao  Custom is […]

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Indo-China Skirmish: Avoid Confrontation

Above: A file photo from 2013 showing Indian and Chinese soldiers meeting during a joint military exercise. Photo: UNI Seeing the military capability of our powerful neighbour, the government would do well to accept reality and avoid any military mishap as far as possible   ~By Wing Commander (Retd) Praful Bakshi   It is said […]

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Is This the India of My Dreams?

Above: Junaid Khan’s mother (centre) wails the loss of her son. Photo: YouTube The killings of Muslims on one pretext or another continue with impunity because the government has not condemned it or taken action against the perpetrators. Has mobocracy taken hold of the country?   ~By Ramesh Menon Fifteen-year-old Junaid had bought new clothes and […]

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Advertising: Brand Battles

Above: The Amul brand enjoys tremendous goodwill. It can therefore take on the competition through provocative advertising. Photo: UNI The case between Amul and Kwality Wall’s shows that winning in court is no substitute for winning hearts and Dr Verghese Kurien’s brand will win hands down   ~By Gopinath Menon   In a competitive world, it […]

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Half a Defence Minister

Above:Arun Jaitley, the current finance, defence and corporate affairs minister. Photo: Rajeev Tyagi Can a politician who holds charge of this ministry and another one do justice to this crucial portfolio?   ~By Wing Commander Praful Bakshi (Retd) There have been a number of times during the last couple of decades that the portfolio of the […]

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Mandir-Masjid in Perfect Harmony

Sane voices from both communities have suggested solutions which could restore peace and harmony at the disputed site    ~By Firoz Bakht Ahmed   Even as a special CBI court on May 30 granted bail to BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case and […]

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The Rapid Descent

With the fortunes of this once-glorious airline plunging rapidly and the centre in no mood to aid it further, the blame has to be shared by politicians, bureaucrats and the staff    ~By Jitender Bhargava Air India has, for a change, been in the news for the right reasons for two unrelated developments. One is […]

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Human or Inhuman Shield

Military history is replete with examples of the use of human shields but Major Gogoi’s actions do not violate international law   ~By Wing Commander Praful Bakshi (Retd) The term human shield is not only an expression in military parlance during modern-day conflict, but is a well-used expression during mythological times. During the epic Mahabharata […]

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Caste, an Unsavoury Reality

This is an issue which often hits the headlines in India as seen in the Justice Karnan episode. Is there a better way to handle sensitive caste matters other than aggravating them? ~By Col R Hariharan The unsavoury episode of Justice CS Karnan has left many red faces, not only in the Supreme Court, but […]

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The Ultimate Test for Being Just

Can India and Pakistan be fair to suspects of espionage and terrorism from the other country?   ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr The basis of India’s argument in the case of Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, an Indian national sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court, at the International Court of Justice at The Hague is […]

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