Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Opinion

India’s unity in diversity in peril

As a symbol of unity in diversity, India has the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (Height 587 feet/182 meters), who happened to be the first Home Minister of independent India and the statue has been named as the Statue of Unity. It stands in Gujarat as a new national monument to inspire a new generation towards the beauty of unity in diversity.

Tinkering with J&K’s special status makes China another party to dispute

The abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A from Jammu and Kashmir has apparently added a new dimension to the already contentious dispute, which no one has ever thought of. Now, the Peoples’ Republic of China has raised serious objections to the nullification of Article 370, claiming some large areas of Ladakh to be its part.

Amid COVID-19 scare migrant labourers sprayed with disinfectants

Worlds’ fifth-largest economy and one of the developing nations among developed countries, India is currently appearing helpless and ill-prepared to fight deadly Coronavirus, commonly-known as COVID-19. Besides, lockdown and appreciation for those who are fighting it in the hospitals, 

Nehru may have been discarded but Gandhi still enjoys residual shelf life

It is ironic that the year in which we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, we are locked in a debate about what kind of country should India be. Was not this issue settled when, after intense, but always civilised debate, a Constitution for the Republic of India was adopted on January 26, 1950? All the diverse communities of India, all shades of opinion and political persuasions were represented in the Constituent Assembly.

In Maharashtra democratic institutions played to the whims of BJP

As a student of political science, writing on political whodunits is not easy for this writer. But when the mystery intersects with political institutions and democratic norms, it becomes necessary to separate the comically mysterious from the serious political questions. In the age of new Chanakyas, after all, students of political science need to learn the skills to decipher improbable whodunits than talk of outdated ideas of democracy.win the tag of neutrality, an observer may as well duck under the routine anguish that “all” parties have failed democracy.

 

Ayodhya verdict brings an end to this long-standing dispute, not fair to all

The Ayodhya verdict, given by a bench of five judges of the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice of India, hopefully, brought an end to this long-standing dispute. was a 22-year-old medical student when a group of thugs climbed the dome of the Babri masjid in Ayodhya and reduced it to a grey pile of rubble on December 6, 1992. Having been brought up in a liberal democracy, I was devastated at this blatant brutality and violation of the Constitution, and that too with the tacit collusion of the state. It was painful, probably because it happened in an India which believed in the virtues of liberty, secularism and pluralism.