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Opinion
Justice and redemption
By Krishna Kumar
Judicial hearing in the Kathua rape and murder case has been shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir, where the incident occurred, to Pathankot in Punjab. This has raised the hope that justice will be served. However, it is worth examining what justice means in cases where the victim of a heinous crime is a child. Judicial hearing in the Kathua rape and murder case has been shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir, where the incident occurred, to Pathankot in Punjab. This has raised the hope that justice will be served. However, it is worth examining what justice means in cases where the victim of a heinous crime is a child. After each case of rape, including the rape of small girls, the demand for justice is raised. This demand is, of course, right. In the media, one often hears and reads that the v...
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Is democracy dead?
By Robert Clements
A world map lies open before me and I look across the contours of our once friendly earth, my eyes mist up. Suddenly with a roar the paper map comes alive, and I see everywhere leaders of the same hue; tough talking, bragging bullies with smirking sneers and leering looks staring back at me, eyes blazing, brows furrowed, fists clenched and tongues lashing out! I stoop down and listen to the leaders: Their words are crass and crude and talk that of street fighters! There's a karate killer, a tea vendor, and a brash, billionaire businessmen! And as I look closer, I see they all have one thing in common, a style of functioning; that's that of a dictator! The decisions they make are made without consultation, taking their country either to the brink of war or economic slowdown, and state...
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Indian cities need to be saved from pollution
By Sudhansu R Das
According to Union Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC), a total 1080101 trees have been cut down in 15 states between 2013 and 2016. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana account for over 55% of the depletion of the tree cover. Most of the trees have disappeared from urban areas only. The World Health Organisation has placed India's fourteen cities among the top polluted cities in the world. Kanpur, Faridabad, Varanasi, Gaya, Patna, Delhi, Lucknow, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur feature in the list. There are many cities where the pollution level is alarmingly high. The incident of Chinese rivers catching fire in more than a kilometre stretch due to hazardous chemical effluent from polluted cities has been reported in various world's ...
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Fooled by the Bottle..!
By Robert Clements
A sight I have seen ever so often at railway stations are urchins running with empty mineral water bottles to water taps on platforms, filling them up and then selling them to the passengers, as genuine packaged drinking water. There is nothing furtive in the actions of these little fellows, they do it openly and everybody sees what they are up to. What is surprising is to see the public buying the bottled water, even after knowing it was just filled from dirty tap around the corner! What makes them do this, is the bottle. On the bottle is still displayed the name of the company who first bottled the water. The label is still intact. The blue cap still very much in place, without a seal of course, but who cares. The shape of the bottle still says seductively, 'Drink me, I'm pure," and th...
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Lies, Mr Prime Minister!
By Ram Puniyani
While the Indian National Congress had differences with revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, they respected the high level of commitment and dedication of these young men. There are reports in the Tribune at the time about Nehru visiting the jail to meet Bhagat Singh and his comrades. The reports in Tribune on August 9 and 10 of 1929, tell us about Nehru's meeting the jailed revolutionaries, inquiring on them. In the recently held Karnataka elections, Narendra Modi made statements which are not true, and which are made to raise the emotive pitch against his opponents. In a blatant lie, in a rally in Bidar, he asked, "When Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Batukeshwar Dutt, Veer Savarkar, greats like them were jailed fighting for the country's independence, did any Congress leader go to m...
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Jinnah's importance
By Kuldip Nayar
Jinnah is as much respected in Pakistan as Mahatma Gandhi in India is. It's time for the Hindus to recognise that partition was deliverance for Muslims. That was in 1947. Today, the Muslims in India, approximately 17 crores, do not matter in the affairs of India. True, they have the voting rights and the country is ruled by the Constitution which gives one vote to one person. The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is not just a place of learning. It was in the forefront of a movement for the demand of Pakistan and still leans towards what is considered beneficial to the millat. A photo of Mohammad Ali Jinnah on the wall of Kenney Hall, the most prestigious place in the AMU campus, is no surprise. It was there even before the partition and it continues to be there all these years. But what...
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Small Bad Deeds..!
By Robert Clements
So often I see people getting away with small lies; it might be cheating in a friendly game, or crossing a red signal: We bribed for our ration card, bribed the cop after he caught us crossing the red signal, hush moneyed school admissions, hoodwinked examiners: Small misdeeds right? Nothing to worry about compared to the big ones others do, right? Two men once visited a holy man to ask his advice. "We have done wrong actions," they said "and our consciences are troubled. Can you tell us what we must do so that we may be forgiven and feel clear of our guilt?" "Tell me of your wrong doings, my sons," said the old man. The first man said, "I have committed a great and grievous sin sire." "What about you?" the holy man asked the second. "Oh," said he, "I have done quite a number of wro...
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Confrontation with Pakistan
By A.G. Noorani
IT is not possible to exaggerate the respect that Faiz Ahmed Faiz enjoys in India; his poems inspired and lifted the morale of many of those who were imprisoned during the 1970s' emergency. One of the dailies quoted, with unconscious irony, his famous line: "bol ke lab azad hain tere" (speak for your lips are free). It is a shame, then, that his daughter Moneeza Hashmi was denied permission to speak at the 15th Asia Media Summit in Delhi after being invited to do so. This is not the first time that his two daughters faced such uncivilised behaviour. Only recently, both were invited to an event in Lucknow to celebrate Faiz's birth anniversary in February. Only Salima Hashmi was given the visa - that, too, only two days before the event, to ensure her absence. Representatives from near...
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Smelly Rivers..!
By Robert Clements
Getting off the aircraft at Chennai, my friend escorts me to his car and we drive in majestic stateliness to our usual haunt, the Madras Gymkhana. There old world waiters in British Raj attire move quietly and effortlessly taking orders with respect and utmost politeness. All's well, except the smell. From all around comes the stink of the Cooum River. Actually, it hits you even as you get out of the car, but you politely pretend it doesn't exist after all you don't want friendship offended by the slight twitching of a nose. And then you realise after awhile the smell is here to stay. Much was spoken about the cleaning of the Ganga in Varanasi. A central minister was appointed just for the purpose, funds were allotted, great fanfare was attached to the buying of huge machinery but the di...
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Resource crisis
Systemic change driven by moral awakening is our only hope
By Richard Heinberg
"In its early years the environmental movement made that moral argument, and it worked up to a point. Concern over rapid population growth led to family planning efforts around the world. Concern over biodiversity declines led to habitat protection. Concern over air and water pollution led to a slew of regulations." Our core ecological problem is not climate change. It is overshoot, of which global warming is a symptom. Overshoot is a systemic issue. Over the past century-and-a-half, enormous amounts of cheap energy from fossil fuels enabled the rapid growth of resource extraction, manufacturing and consumption; and these in turn led to population increase, pollution and loss of natural habitat and hence biodiversity. The human system expanded dramatically, overshooting Earth's long-ter...
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Resource crisis
Five things you should know about collapse
By Ugo Bardi
The Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca was perhaps the first in history to identify and discuss collapse and to note that "the way to ruin is rapid." From Seneca's idea, Ugo Bardi coined the term "Seneca Effect" to describe all cases where things go bad fast and used the modern science of complex systems to understand why and how collapses occur. Above: the Egyptian pyramid of Meidum, perhaps the first large edifice in history to experience collapse. 1. Collapse is rapid. Already some 2,000 years ago, the Roman philosopher Seneca noted that when things start going bad, they go bad fast. It takes a lot of time to put together a building, a company, a government, a whole society, a piece of machinery. And it takes very little time for the whole structure to unravel at the seam. Think...
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Palestinian despair
By Gwynne Dyer
It has been happening again in the past six weeks in the area in front of the border fence that divides the Gaza Strip from Israel. It reached at least a temporary climax on Monday, when some 2,000 Palestinians were wounded, around half by gunfire, and 60 were shot dead by Israeli soldiers. When all is lost, entire communities sometimes engage in suicidal gestures. It happened as recently as 1906 in Bali, when the local royal family and thousands of their followers, knowing they could not defeat the Dutch conquerors, dressed in their best finery and walked straight into the Dutch gunfire. Thousands were killed. It has been happening again in the past six weeks in the area in front of the border fence that divides the Gaza Strip from Israel. It reached at least a temporary climax on Mond...
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Small Bad Deeds..!
By Robert Clements
So often I see people getting away with small lies; it might be cheating in a friendly game, or crossing a red signal: We bribed for our ration card, bribed the cop after he caught us crossing the red signal, hush moneyed school admissions, hoodwinked examiners: Small misdeeds right? Nothing to worry about compared to the big ones others do, right? Two men once visited a holy man to ask his advice. “We have done wrong actions,” they said “and our consciences are troubled. Can you tell us what we must do so that we may be forgiven and feel clear of our guilt?” “Tell me of your wrong doings, my sons,” said the old man. The first man said, “I have committed a great and grievous sin sire.” “What about you?” the holy man asked the second. “Oh,” said he, “I have done quite a number of wro...
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