Editorial

Editorial

Disequilibrium: Old Wounds Don’t Heal

With public memory being woefully short and media attention equally so, Nirav Modi has been replaced by Kathua and Unnao rapes only to find it interchangeable with the modern version of Dynasty Chanda Kochhar & family saga, interspersed as it was with the Nataka in Karnataka with all its cheap name calling evoking derision as the political discourse plumbed new depths. Needless to say that one of the dominant headlines of 2016 recently found traction in spurts, but no one has really attempted to connect the dots.

O my lord – inconsistency is thy name!

There is a famous proverb “show me the man I will show you the law”. When decisions are made on the basis of conscience rather than on the basis of written down law then it is likely that conscience of different judges and even of the same judge on a different day, may manifest differently. This way of deciding matters “on case by case basis” rather than on principles of consistency, renders any commercial business activity vulnerable to great uncertainties and throws the Ease of Doing Business out of the window.

Impact of internet on education

Internet impacts education and the impact in India is significant. India has a rich tradition for learning and education since ancient times. The Indian Constitution (article 21-A) provides for free and compulsory education for all children in the age group of six to fourteen years. The literacy rate in India by the end of British rule in 1947 was not even 20 per cent. However, the recent census (2011) shows that India’s literacy rate has grown to 74 per cent, but gender disparity is wide.

Nuclear-free Korea pledge needs decoding beyond optics

The April 27 summit of Korean leaders’ has been covered extensively by the media, highlighting their pledge to end their six decades of hostility. Airing their rhetoric about commitment to peace and “complete” denuclearisation of Korean peninsula and eventually achieve unification, looks too good, but too quick, to be true.

US protectionism spree altering global trade order

Apprehensions on forei-gn trade were a-lways high since Trump assum-ed office, his trade skepticism gained serious currency last year when he threatened to impose ‘big border tax’ on the US auto manufacturers producing outside its shore and then importing back to home country. This led to many auto majors cancelling their proposed expansions and production plans offshore.

Encounter killings: A procedural injustice

There is a deadly phenomenon on the rise in India. In the last seven years alone between 2010 and 2017, there were 725 cases of suspicious civilian deaths as per numbers released by the National Human Rights Commission. Labeled by the Supreme Court as “state sponsored terrorism”, fake encounter allegations are on the upswing. Steering clear of the highly politicised debate surrounding fake encounters and encounter deaths, this article focuses on the legal underpinnings of police encounters.

Farm crisis real but can be tackled

The oldest civilisation, Indus valley, vanished because of persistent drought. This is a stark remainder to policy makers that they will have to tackle persistent drought in parts of the country failing which those civilisation could disappear in a couple of centuries. Farm crisis in India is real particularly in states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which is going to witness yet another drought this year despite good monsoon forecast for the third consecutive year in the rest of the country.

Beyond the Clouds and Other Similar Themes

Ajid Majidi brings to the theatre, fictionalised documentaries, such as Beyond the Clouds, which is about prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers and the detachment of those who live in conditions of dread and victimhood. The linear tale is complicated, and by the time moviegoers have left the theatre, and the ushers come in to clear the hall for the next show, there is a sense of the decrepit that accompanies everyone like a cloak.

Disequilibrium: Whingeing over heritage

The needless controversy and brouhaha over the handing over of Red Fort to a corporate has evoked myriad reactions since it involves our heritage. India remains capital deficit and this holds good for the Archaeological Survey of India as well. Moreover, the Consolidated Fund of India offers only that much financial leeway as it seeks its daily tryst with a bigger bang for the buck. The theory of elasticity is challenged daily in India by both the government and the hoi polloi. This is an across the board phenomenon as the government constantly battles a shortage of funds and capital.

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