Right wing is here to stay

By appointing Yogi Aditya-nath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, prime minister Narendra Modi and his Man Friday Amit Shah might have raised many eyebrows, but the decision to have a branded Hindu hot-head as the head of the UP administration in Lucknow, is in sync with their ideological grounding and larger political objective.
The politics of masks in BJP had ended long ago in early 2000s when Atal Bihari Vajpayee showed the door to RSS ideologue Govindacharya for mocking the liberal minded prime minister as only a face (mukhauta) shielding the hardliner LK Advani.

Indian pharma exits the trauma room

India's generic drugmaking industry is getting wheeled out of intensive care. But is it really going home?
The US Food and Drug Administration this week lifted the import ban on a factory that Mumbai-based Sun Pharmaceutical Industries inherited as part of its takeover of Ranbaxy Laboratories. The plant, in Punjab state, became the third owned by Ranbaxy to be shut out of the US when the FDA imposed the prohibition in September 2013, causing the Indian company to lose a third of its market value in one day.

Jeeva’s son, Muthu

Muthu Krishnan came to the city with one thought in mind. To become an intellectual. A Dalit intellectual has various obligations, which include being part of a larger community, and working for that community. He brought with him the love for his grandparents, parents and siblings, and the idea that he owed them a universe. When he wrote, he constantly described himself as Jeeva’s Son. Jeeva, the labourer, he hoped, would one day greet him, Muthu, as the one who had a degree, who would one day have the title of Dr before his name.

Slick it ain’t for sure

Finance minister while presenting the budget for 2017-18 made an interesting announcement which will have far reaching consequences for the petroleum sector. He expressed a policy intention of developing an oil major in the public sector which will be able to match the performance of international and domestic private sector oil and gas companies. His rationale for this decision was creation of new opportunities to strengthen central public sector enterprises (CPSE) through consolidation, mergers and acquisitions.

Gift life, gift an organ

As thousands of Indians die every year for lack of an organ, the gift of life through organ donation needs to become a nationwide movement.

Who am i really?

A new trend seems to have emerged these days, I was appalled to be asked whether I am a sickular, bhakt, aaptard or libtard recently. Conversely, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka brandishes his caste in a telly interview claiming that he is a kshtraiya, a warrior and he doesn’t run away from a fight. Wonder what the world is coming to when your sexual inclination no longer makes news — hetero, metro, gay or whatchamacallit? Neither does your political leaning. What does make news, however, is whether you are prisoner of an ideology and there are new names for the compartments.

Politics at the cutting age

You cannot win the world and then return to find you have lost in your own backyard. Politics is that kind of thing. It is a strange, whimsical beast as Donald Trump must have realised when he became US president but lost in Manhattan, including in an area where he spent his childhood and another that is home to the Trump Tower. Whatever the scale of his victory and his success as president, that loss will always register as an electoral blemish.

What is a nation?

What is a nation, but it’s people? The Constitution is representative of the rights of citizens. We become its upholders when we are able to define our rights, privileges and obligations and can defend it for others who may, for various reasons be robbed of this right. Many of the questions are raised by young people, as essential in proving these rights as individuals, in a globalised world. We need to understand their language. They represent the truth value of their world, their intentions, their drives and their fantasies. Young adulthood is famously experimental.

Unchecked power corrupts

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the crown.” This statement made by William Pitt in 1763, embodies the inviolable right of individuals to enjoy their property, to the exclusion of the state’s burdening and overbearing might. The principles of life, liberty and property are cornerstones of modern civilisation. Any attempt to curtail a man’s freedom to indulge in his property as he pleases are a direct attack on individual sovereignty.

Let us be aware

From the beginning of this year, the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) have replaced the human development goals. Among 17 of these goals, an important one is number 14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” In fact, sea water constitutes 97 per cent of world’s water resource. Therefore, contamination of sea water can cause a lot of harm to the ecological security of coastal areas and livelihood security of coastal communities.