Perils of Mining

In May 2001, twenty-four representatives of communities and groups affected by mining – from Asia-Pacific, Africa, India, South and North America – met in London to assess the impacts of mining on the lives of communities and ecosystems, and to share strategies in confronting the industry’s unacceptable policies and practices.We recognised that London had become […]

‘Mithun The Pride Of Nagaland’

Mithun the pride of Nagaland is a highly traditional prize unique animal, it is found in a few North Eastern states and at present there are four defined strains in India namely Arunachal, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram strain. A few population of Mithun is reported in Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Yunan province of China. The […]

The History of Fencing Sport

The history of fencing parallels the evolution of civilisation, back from the days of ancient Egypt and Rome, to the barbaric Dark Ages, to the fast and elegant Renaissance, up to the modern, increasingly popular  fencing of today. Fencing has always been regarded as more than a sport; it is an art form, an ancient […]

‘Feminists Love Divorce!’

"If there’s one thing feminists love, it’s divorce – they consider it liberating." That’s just one of the claims Phyllis Schlafly and her co-author Suzanne Venker make in their new book, The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know – And Men Can’t Say, to be released this March. Schlafly–political activist, bestselling author, syndicated columnist, […]

Secular India needs uniform civil code

The Supreme Court’s recent reminder to the Union Government about inaction on moving towards a common civil code for all communities has reopened a debate that began soon after independent India declared itself to be a secular republic. Article 44 of the Constitution says the state shall move towards adopting a uniform civil code. The […]

Does the Budget have a human face?

When the Union Finance Minister Pranab babu rose to present his budget for 2011-12, he was basically presenting hisab kitab of how he was going to spend Rs 12,57,729 crore (Rs 12.57 trillion) during the next year starting on April 1 2011.  Assuming India’s population of 115 crore (Rs 1.15 billion), that amount comes to […]

Motivating Teachers: The way to Quality Education

With the introduction of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, India has become one of 135 countries to make education a fundamental right of every child. As this historic act is gradually being worked into place, only time will reveal its impact on the education of the 9.2 million children in India who are out-of-school. […]

Cricket stars & temper tantrums

Ricky Ponting, who broke a dressing room TV this week after losing his wicket, is not the first batsman to cause damage in a dressing room after being dismissed – and he will most definitely not be the last. There have been many batsmen – Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart, to name two – who […]

Jail for one corrupt politician

R. Balakrishna Pillai, the veteran politician who has been leading the regional political party named the Kerala Congress (B), was, on February 18, sent to jail for certain acts of corruption he committed some 20 years ago when he was Kerala’s Minister for Electricity. Two others including a former Chairman of the Kerala State Electricity […]

Compound interest in Myanmar

While the outside world grapples with how much power Myanmar’s new partly civilian government will command, the country’s still ruling generals are literally digging in, taking no chances of a substantial power shift after last November’s general elections.Those who predicted that the blatantly rigged polls would mean something more than further institutionalizing the military regime […]

Why media coverage of natural disasters is flawed

The media generally assume that news of war, crime and natural disasters will always win an audience. "If it bleeds, it leads," is a well-tried adage of American journalism. Of the three categories, coverage of war has attracted criticism for its lies, jingoism and general bias. Crime reporting traditionally exaggerates the danger of violence in […]

Political Parties in India

There are two types of parties in India. The first category is that which has dynastic control over the leadership and the second is cadre-based parties. Perhaps there is no scope for the third. However, it is also true that at places some cadre-based parties are getting afflicted by dynastic rule, and thus paying the […]