Cleaning Alappuzha and its canals

The Mulaperiyar controversy, so often reported in the papers is about the height of the dam, which is a colonial dispensation between the Travancore Raja and the British administration. Kerala’s plea has been that Tamil Nadu should perceive the danger that it presents to its inhabitants, as it is a 19th century construction, and the land leased to Tamil Nadu is now problematised by both climate change, and the fear factor of something imposed by colonial law.

Disequilibrium: When Golwalkar rescued Hari Singh

Secure in the belief that under Westphalian sovereignty rules, or state sovereignty, which is the principle of international law articulating that each nation-state has exclusive sovereignty over its territory and that external powers should not interfere in another country's domestic affairs; the BJP government is ring fencing its policy of drift in Jammu & Kashmir. The principle underlies the modern international system of sovereign states.

Challenges in Indian economy

The International Monetary Fund has forecast bullish GDP growth for India at 7.4 per cent in 2018 as against 6.7 per cent in the previous year. It forecast a better 7.8 per cent GDP growth for 2019, making India the fastest growing economy again overtaking China, which is expected to slow down to 6.6 per cent GDP in 2018 and 6.4 per cent in 2019.  Of course India and China growth figures are not comparable in absolute term. India is a mere $2.5 trillion economy while China is a huge $11 trillion economy.

2020: Hit wickets & run outs

With cricket being the flavour of the season, it is apt to put everything in cricketing milieu.  Sadly, the governments (states and Central) are not realising that it is actually a Twenty20 match — literally! Governments opting for the time out is leading to iron ore miners getting hit wicket and steel mills getting run out.

Press The Pause button

In a major decision, the Centre on Wednesday asked security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. The security forces, however, reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.  The announcement by the Home Ministry came two days ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

Artificial Intelligence for all

The anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was celebrated on May 17 as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). The theme this year is “Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for all”. One of the objectives is to accelerate the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in furthering United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Is India moving towards Lewis Turning Point fast?

Most of the ongoing debates on job-creation are predominantly revolved around the reigning Modi government. This debate fuelled after two independent experts, who got access to Employees’ Provident Fund’s data and released their report on the payroll data of around 80 million workers earlier this year. They estimated in the report that 7 million jobs will be added in 2017-18.

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.