Editorial

Editorial

Why rivers can’t be persons

Since its inception it was intended that the organs of state in independent India will play an active role in all aspects of life. The country was founded on the principle of being a welfare state, but in the past few years the zeal with which lawmakers and judges have continuously waged a battle on individual freedom and liberty has reached new heights. From right to work to right to food and now the utterly bizarre notion of right to internet. The Indian state is determined to give freebies to a vast section of the population at the expense of their hard working citizens.

How RBI played it safe

The first monetary policy in this new financial year had a different preoccupation, and by some accounts, an interesting pre-occupation. Pre policy consensus among economists and the markets was that there were going to be no rate cuts this time. All eyes were on how the RBI would view the excess systemic liquidity and what actions they would take.

Women of today

The idea that the metropolis defines behaviour and expectations is a sociological fact. People come to the cities for work and over two or three generations, they see it as their home. They may or may not own property. They feel that this is where they belong. The headiness of the city lies in what David Émile Durkheim, a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher, referred to as volume, density and heterogeneity. In the metropolis, there is an air of continuous excitement. Things are always happening and the anticipation of events keeps the weekly calendar packed.

Cut & Thrust: It is dermatome time

Time to pull the dermatome out. This surgical instrument is used to produce thin slices of skin from a donor area, in order to use them for making skin grafts in plastic surgery operations.
Of course, right now the beleaguered Indian banking industry needs a gigantic dermatome for it has to scoop out large dollops of dead skin that the body is infested with. One would think that with the imponderables out of the way for the political economy, the road was clear for transformational reform.

The muslim in new India

For the second time since partition, the Indian Muslim stands at the cusp of history. The idea of a pluralistic India, so distinct from monistic Pakistan, came under first real test in the early 90s when a militant mob razed Babri Masjid in Ayodhya to claim lord Ram’s birthplace asserting the might of the majority like never before in Independent India.

Let’s breathe easy

Extremely harmful air pollution levels in Indian cities have been a subject of intense discussion in media and elsewhere for quite some time now. Supreme Court has also been trying to impress upon the central and state governments to find immediate solutions to the killing air pollution. “This pollution problem is very serious. If you talk for years for a solution, then it is a problem,” a bench of Justices MB Lokur and PC Pant observed during a court hearing on January 16, 2017.

Sow some optimism

In recent years, the agrarian crisis has been largely discussed and described in terms of farmer’s suicides. Obviously, this is a serious issue and merits very careful consideration and appropriate remedial action, considering the fact that agriculture is the main life giving profession of humankind. Although this matter rightly attracts attention, we need to go into greater depth on the problems being faced by farming communities in our country. I suggest a 10-point action plan to reverse with trend of decline in the productivity of major crops.

Sow some optimism

In recent years, the agrarian crisis has been largely discussed and described in terms of farmer’s suicides. Obviously, this is a serious issue and merits very careful consideration and appropriate remedial action, considering the fact that agriculture is the main life giving profession of humankind. Although this matter rightly attracts attention, we need to go into greater depth on the problems being faced by farming communities in our country. I suggest a 10-point action plan to reverse with trend of decline in the productivity of major crops.

Power of risk in politics

A counter na-rrative appears to be emerging in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh government action against slaughter houses and restaurants selling meat products. Firstly, that representatives of the affected restaurants and slaughter houses have expressed a willingness to work with the state government. That is a contrarian view from the one that emerged at the outset, that raised questions of deliberate polarisation. Secondly, the health department has put out information that there are about 300 registered meat sellers within Lucknow.

The Congress quandary

A government without an opposition is an unfortunate scenario in a democracy and the BJP’s emphatic victory march in successive state polls has ensured a resistance-free run for the Modi government in the remaining two years of its term at the Centre.
The Modi-Shah team has acquired an unbeatable status and if the current state of opposition is a reflection of things to come, majoritarianism is in for a long spell.

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