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Air India's revival
Attempts should be made to reduce losses in the national carrier instead of spending more money on its revival
The recent announcements of the NDA-government that it plans to spend more public money for revival of the Air India, which has been making losses consecutively for the past many years, does not appear to be realistic. This is because of the fact that the reputation of India's national carrier has been at stake due to continued loss making operations and lack of efficiency due to political interference and shortsightedness of the bureaucrats, who have been managing its affairs. It is unfortunate that the government and its elements, particularly the bureaucrats, have been making proposals for pumping in more money for keep its operations going despite loss making. The carrier has been used by the government and its ministers for frequent flying within and outside the country and payments ...
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Hot borders and video wars
Cross-border firing coupled with Virtual War between India, Pakistan is pushing the sub-continent towards untold dangers
War of words and now videos have increased the intensity of the hostility between India and Pakistan and this is a cause for concern as soldiers and people living on the borders are losing their lives on both sides of the borders in senseless cross-border firing. In Nowshera sector, where firing and shelling has been going on for almost a fortnight, several people have been displaced and unable to freely visit their agricultural lands to work. On Tuesday last, Indian army released a video maintaining that it was carrying out "punitive fire assaults" across the Line of Control to thwart infiltrations. Pakistan's army called the claims a 'hoax' and released a counter video showing similar action by its personnel on this side of the border. The war on the borders is now coupled with a Virtua...
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Impunity with honours
Awarding the officer behind 'human shield' case even before finalization of probe is brazen example of patronizing violators
Farooq Dar, the artisan who was tied to an army jeep, after he cast his vote, and used as a 'human shield' last month on polling day in Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency has a valid question: "Is dragging a person for nearly 28 km an act of bravery." The controversy re-emerged after news of the army officer indicted in the case being rewarded for valour. Major Leetul Gogoi who ordered the strapping of the man to a jeep and being paraded for several hours after he came out to vote was honoured with the Army chief's 'Commendation Card' for his actions in counter-insurgency operations. The award is an obvious patronage to an officer who is facing inquiry on serious charges. His case in the army's court of inquiry is under finalisation, according to the army. The Jammu and Kashmir po...
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GM mustard's logic
Centre must allow logic and privilege over politics in taking a call on GM mustard for farms in India
The NDA-government does not appear to have allowed the logic and privilege prevail before giving approval for Genetically Modified mustard for environmental release because a key hurdle remains before the farmers can cultivate it. Though Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), an Environment Ministry has approved GM mustard before it can be cultivated by the farmers in the country, where traditionally old seeds are still being put to use for increasing productivity. Traditional methods have been used along with Bio-Technological engineered seeds for crop enhancement in the country when they are being modified in agriculture universities in the country. After the 'Green Revolution' that ensured self-sufficiency in foodgrains production in the 1970s, some successful attempts have be...
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In the name of holy cow!
Govt must take up responsibility of ensuring law and order, safety of citizens by cracking down on vigilantism and hooligans
The statements of two union ministers, Nitin Gadkari and Smriti Irani, distancing themselves from various vigilante groups while averring that BJP should not be held responsible for those who take law into their hands, hardly sound re-assuring when lawlessness and violent attacks are on the rise in the name of cow protection, checking eve teasing, conversions or child trafficking - all part of the pet project of the BJP. The Centre is clearly shirking its responsibility by putting the onus of enforcing law and order solely on the police and also by not taking into account the reckless hyper-ventilation of BJP's own leaders and ministers in putting the cow protectionist agenda on the over-drive, which has resulted in the ugly phenomenon of bullies on the streets trying to settle scores wit...
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Hurriyat sting Op
No one is above the board but larger question of need for dialogue in Kashmir must not be ignored
Opinions on the Hurriyat sting operations by a news channel need to be reserved till the veracity of the videos in circulation is proved. They could be partly or fully true or be completely doctored. The timing of the surfacing of these videos that appear to have been shot at several times during some undated winter months arouse curiosity. But the more significant questions are of the allegations of funding received clandestinely by the Hurriyat and the euphoria being built up by some channels to completely demonise the Kashmiri separatist leaders. Hurriyat is not above the board, nor is it a holy cow that should evade serious questions of propriety and accountability. Obviously its activities need a sufficient amount of funding. The Geelani faction while suspended Naeem Khan, who is a c...
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