Category: Opinion

Opportunity beyond the Chinese conundrum and the Indian cacophony

Our World Our Times Anoop Swarup   The rise and fall of the Chinese Bull has been much discussed and debated but few on the global stage have cared to look at the role India can play in economic resurgence of the world in a recessionary gloom the world over. Let us examine the China

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VIP culture, Reservation and the general plight

Indu Indira Lala Road blocks are happening off and on for two different reasons. Reason  One – because of a new voice agitating for another demanding community – aka Hardik Patel. He has ignited the volatile reservation demand for a powerful upwardly mobile community and is not prepared to relent. This guy is all set to

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On India’s Tryst with Destiny

​Weekly Column: Thinking Beyond Anoop Swarup India’s tryst with destiny is yet a struggle and I as all my countrymen who heard the Prime Minister on the 69th Independence day would be struck by the earnestness of the speech like many other Prime Ministers of India in the past. I will be wide of the

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Need to rethink development strategies: Rs. 800 crore project for vulnerable tribal groups in Odisha

Subrat Kumar Nayak and Hemant Kumar Sahoo Vasundhra, Bhubaneswar The present case study with a comparative analysis of two Tribal Villages – one Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) village and another Schedule Tribe (ST) dominated village – reveals that the Government of Odisha in India has placed more emphasis on time-bound implementation and targeted spending of

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A measurable goal for a Nonkilling World

Thinking Beyond Anoop Swarup (From Honolulu, Hawaii) Threats to human existence have been predicted, debated and analysed through the ages by mystics and scientists alike and also the science fiction writers and futurists particularly when it comes to meteorites, gamma ray bursts from distant galaxies, super volcanoes, apocalypses and catastrophes of the unknown kind. There

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On Nebraska abolishing the death penalty

Jamsheed Rizwani Paris Yet another US state joins the civilized world by banning the death sentence… This is something? quite something coming from a state reputed to be very conservative……My respects to the legislators and the people of Nebraska…. who defied public opinion and their seats in the legislature to vote against the death sentence.

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Dany le Rouge for President….

Jamsheed Rizwani Paris: Justice at last….. Daniel Cohn-Bendit, one of the charismatic (he still is) student leaders of May 1968 in France has at last been granted French citizenship by the French government. Born in France to German parents who had fled the Nazi persecution of Jews, he was brought up in France. In May

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On India’s Century: How Narendra Modi can propel India to move forward as a global power

Thinking Beyond Anoop Swarup As we celebrate one year of Narendra Modi government, the May 18th issue of Time carries a portrait of Narendra Modi on its cover and the Editor Nancy Gibbs goes at length to state that though Barack Obama may be the leader of the world’s most powerful democracy, the distinction of

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Salman Khan, 2002 hit-and-run case and the Indian Justice delivery system

Thinking Beyond Anoop Swarup My head hangs in shame as I cannot speak against the judiciary in a free and democratic India where my right to expression and freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution. Yes, there are over 3 crore cases pending in our courts while scores facing prosecution continue to languish in

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Public is paying a heavy price for the countenance to the corrupt Babudom: Is the Modi Government watching?

Our World-Our Times Anoop Swarup Do we need an incompetent bureaucracy or a committed adhocracy   I may sound overly sceptical perhaps angry, yes I am, as are scores of my patriotic fellowmen, on the state of the nation and more particularly on the plight of the poorest of the poor. As is more often

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Food, clothing, shelter and Internet: For a world more equitable and E-nnovative

Opinion: Our World Our Times Anoop Swarup​ ​As regulator TRAI is primed to secure the interest of the Consumer and to safeguard Constitutional guarantees such as the freedom of speech and expression but it is indeed an irony that it has set in motion proposals that would not only hurt the consumers because access to

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Modi in France: Low key dreams and drools over juicy military and nuclear contracts

Jamsheed Rizwani Paris: Namo comes to the land of liberty equality and fraternity…..with his MAKE IN INDIA sales pitch…. The European Union and France have not really forgotten the 2002 Gujarat riots… But as usual in such encounters, it will be more a nation to nation economic driven dialogue than a celebration of political affinity. France

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Meeting of judges on a holy day for a minority sparks a debate

Jamsheed Rizwani  Prominent Indian newspaper The Hindu today published a news item with the heading “Holidays on holy days?” pointing out “to many the exchange of letters between Justice Kurian Joseph of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice of India (CJI), H.L. Dattu, might seem a trivial issue. But was it really so? Justice

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Let there be fireworks on five star activism, introspection, scrutiny and Judicial Reforms

Our World Our Times Anoop Swarup The issue of five star activism and what drives the judiciary has been raked up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it has become a subject matter of intense debate particularly on new media. The issue does stir up a hornet’s nest and underscores the need for a closer look at the

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