Monday, 18 February, 2019

Talk Point

ram mandir

Hindu seers’ Ayodhya march: Are they putting pressure on BJP or working in tandem?

A group of seers at the Kumbh Mela Wednesday passed a resolution to march to Ayodhya on 21 February and lay the foundation for...

Members of govt stats body quit over jobs report: Another agency damaged or overreaction?

The National Statistical Commission's (NSC) acting chairperson P.C. Mohanan and member J.V. Meenakshi have resigned over the delay in publishing the NSSO jobs report...
ubi

Rahul Gandhi pledges basic income for poor: Smart pre-empt of Modi or season of bad ideas?

Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced Tuesday that he would ensure minimum income guarantee for the poor across India if his party is voted to...
icici

CBI probe in Chanda Kochhar & ICICI case: Reckless adventurism or sincere activism?

Union minister Arun Jaitley recently cautioned the CBI against "investigative adventurism" after it filed an FIR against ICICI Bank Ltd's former CEO Chanda Kochhar,...
books

Are online streaming channels eating into our reading habits?

With streaming platforms like Netflix and Hotstar offering a variety of content, millennials are taking to them for more than just entertainment. Some even...
parade

Republic Day military parades: outdated Soviet-era show or tradition worth preserving?

India's 70th Republic Day Parade, this year, will showcase the Army’s newly acquired artillery guns, an all-women paramilitary contingent march and a lady-officer leading...
university

SC okays dept-wise faculty quota: Harms university reservation or even spread of jobs?

The Supreme Court dismissed two petitions challenging an Allahabad High Court order that favoured department-wise reservations for faculty posts in universities as opposed to...
congress

Is Priyanka Gandhi Congress’ brahmastra for 2019 or will Vadra scandals weigh her down?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been appointed as the general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) months before the Lok Sabha elections. She will be taking...
elections

EVM hacking allegations: Politically malicious or should they be investigated?

The Election Commission of India has asked the Delhi Police to file an FIR against US based cyber expert Syed Shuja, who alleged that...
inequality report

Oxfam inequality study: Skewed parameters to assess wealth or disbalanced economic growth?

In its annual report, Oxfam said that India’s wealthiest got wealthier by 39 per cent as opposed to the bottom half of the population...

OnCamera

Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.