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   Editorials - 2005


 
  • A Cry for Help
    We should demand our political leaders turn this nascent Indian economic expansion into an environment where there are increased jobs, social spending, infrastructural upgrades, and poverty alleviation. Instead of setting the stage for a global expansion of Indian businesses, interests, and commerce politicians with limited imagination are frittering away in-built advantages.

  • Timeless Thiruvarur
    Thiruvarur, a town in modern Tamizh Naduís Tanjavur district boasts this incredible ancient temple with unsurpassed continuity of living tradition and spiritual energy.  The temple has served as an icon of the Tamil land, its environs fostering the best in human creativity and the attainment of spiritual potential.  Of all the beautiful temples of Tamil Nadu, this Thyagarajaswami temple at Thiru Aarur (Thiruvarur) has the most complex sacrosanct connections between the devotee and divinity.  It is a vital center of the Tantric Sri Chakra spiritual energy and the ancient practices established over millennia continue to be in active practice to this day.

  • Caste had nothing to do with 1857 events
    India has an ancient tradition of concern for the lower castes. As seen from the Bhakthi movement in India, the saints have worked assiduously to raise the status and lifestyle of lower caste groups. Therefore, it is important that we desist from seeing caste, creed, sex, and ethnicity in everything and further spread hatred and divisiveness.

  • Watch the Dragon
    A recent report from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) that Huwawei Technologies, a major Chinese networking player, could indulge in cyber-spying. While some say that this is institutional bias against China, Indian experience with China teach us to be more cautious than trusting.

  • Scale to Next Economic Level
    Early this year, the Government announced its decision to disinvest 10% stake in Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and 18.24% stake in Maruti Udyog Ltd. A recent Finance Ministry paper talked about a slew of disinvestment in ONGC, NALCO, Power Finance Corporation, and PowerGrid.

  • Cage this "Tiger"
    Mansoor Ali Khan "Tiger" Pataudi!  This Nawab of the erstwhile Princely State of Pataudi was a revered cricket captain and household name.  He was well-known all the right reasons; his winning attitude, gentlemanly behavior, old-age charm and also because he was the youngest Indian Cricket captain to-date.  Today, he is again in the news for all the wrong news.

  • Was Jinnah a Secularist?
    What we are witnessing is a power-struggle within the centrist-right polity.  What the center-rightist are doing is to move away divisive politics and religion-based narrow constituencies; just like the Republican Party in the United States did with Ronald Reagan.  They have figured out that ultimately people need food, clothes, shelter, jobs, and development within the ambit of religion.

  • Burying the Howitzer?
    Indian politicians seem to forget that there is a difference between politics and governance; enemy and political rivalry; those who serve for political power and those who serve the nation in the bureaucracy, services, security, investigative agencies, and police.  One cannot ask for a sea change in attitude of politicians overnight but can we at least norm as a nation in how we behave and work with each other?

  • Smoking Out Smoking
    Smokers in India are a menace. Apart from the rare one who take his trash with him, most Indian smokers trash the place around them.  With the absence of such comprehensive measures, the Union Minister's noble goal of controlling smoking and improving the health of the nation will go nowhere.

  • The French Non
    The EU is India's largest trading partner.  And, a collapse of the EU or its stunted existence is not in India's or anybody's interest.  The only people who would benefit would be extreme left wingers who want a resurrection of Communism.

  • Dalits in India: History, Issues, Solutions
    Who are the Dalits?  How did the concept originate?  Is Hinduism really discriminatory?  How are they treated in India?  What are India's initiatives to redress historical damage to this group of people?  Who are their protagonists and how have they fared?  What would India have to do for them in the future?

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