Tag: Lalit Shastri

Siddhanath – the Bull elephant: Ordeal, trauma and the road to freedom

Lalit Shastri Siddhanath–the elephant had remained chained at the same spot in Satpura Tiger Reserve for more than two-and-half years. The elephant was chained after the Wildlife wing of the State Forest department had tried to declare the elephant as mad after it had crushed to death a grass cutter in the Madhai range in

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Shoddy journalism: Missed opportunity to expose dodgy websites

Newsroom24x7 Staff The Indian Express published a news item yesterday (9 May 2016) on its front page with the title “MP list for 2012-15 shows dodgy websites run by journalists got Rs 14 crore in govt ads” by Shyamlal Yadav. This piece obviously points to a shoddy attempt by an award winning journalist to sensationalise

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US is keeping India engaged in strategic dialogue while helping Pakistan and Afghanistan to counter terrorism

Lalit Shastri US stand and diplomacy in the Asian subcontinent, especially when it comes to the Afghanistan policy and direct engagement in that country and open support to Pakistan has continuously been under attack by experts who are duly concerned about security and peace in this region. The lopsided, myopic and short-term gain oriented US

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Anti-national rally on JNU campus

Lalit Shastri The culprits and their advocates and apologists, like the New York Times (India’s Crackdown on Dissent, What Passes for Sedition in India), politicians of different hues, including the Leftists, many journalists, small but vocal section of the intelligentsia, and a coalition of rag-tag opportunists have seemingly ganged up to politicize what is an anti-national act. They are

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Air India caught in the trap of accumulated debt and losses

Lalit Shastri Again the same old story of a sick Indian PSU – the dilemma over the supremacy of process over delivery, the inherent reluctance to change and too many self proclaimed advisers. And the omnipresent fear of the vigilance and audit setups even among those whose primary job is to find innovative solutions and

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Allahabad HC Order triggers a raging debate

Newsroom24x7 Desk Allahabad, UP : The Allahabad high court on Tuesday took cognizance of the pitiable condition of primary schools in the state and directed the chief secretary to ensure that children and wards of government officials and bureaucrat – those serving in the local bodies, representatives of people and judiciary  must necessarily send their wards

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Extortion calls by insider for ‘protection money’ and Rs. 42 000 crore deal between Avantha Group and Adani Power

Lalit Shastri Did this insider have access to some sensitive information having a direct bearing on the Korba Power project deal? Extortion calls for ‘protection money’ for the Rs. 42 000 crore acquisition agreement between Avantha Group and Adani Power Limited led to the arrest of a senior corporate executive of a Thapar-Avantha Group company.

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“Make in India” and the ground reality

Lalit Shastri The apex auditing agency –the Comptroller and Auditor General of India–has put a question mark on the ability of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to absorb technology and this has been underlined in the latest Annual report (2013-14) of the Ministry of Defence. HAL is an organisation that claims to pursue the vision of becoming a

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Joy of Birding

Lalit Shastri It was a bright sunny afternoon; the year was 1998; some time in April, when I heard a pleasant trilling sound of a bird just outside my window as I worked on my news story of the day. At that time I was working for The Hindu as Principal Correspondent for Madhya Pradesh

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Bhimbetka: A treasure of prehistoric art

Lalit Shastri There is hardly any signboard on the road to announce that one is heading towards an important World Heritage Site and the prehistoric Bhimbetka rock shelters suddenly emerge on the southern horizon as one drives down about 40 kms leaving behind the industrial town of Mandideep on the Bhopal-Hoshangabad highway. Leaving the highway

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