Opinion

Blasphemy Or The Right To Criticise

  Doubt is not new or modern, doubt has been an ancient practice ever since humans started gazing at the stars, trying to figure out natural phenomena. Once religion became organised, trying to explain the natural phenomenons as the wrath of the gods, there were bound to be dissenters, sceptics and agnostics who felt that …

What IAF’s Transport Fleet Requires

Indian Air Force (IAF) has a remarkably large transport fleet, probably one of the largest in the world. The IAF benefitted from the close relationship between India and Russia, thereby possessing a large number of IL-76MD aircraft and a substantial An-32 fleet. However, India also possesses locally-built fleets of Avro HS-748 and Dornier 228 for …

EDITORIAL: BJP Allowed Nitish Kumar To Leave NDA

History often repeats itself and this adage fits the current state of affairs in Bihar. Nitish Kumar, perhaps the longest serving Chief Minister of Bihar has once again parted ways with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) only to form an alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of Lalu Prasad Yadav. Nitish Kumar snapped all ties with …

Grand Alliance Back In Power, Nitish Takes Oath As CM For 8th Time

PATNA: A day after Nitish Kumar resigned as Bihar Chief Minister snapping ties with the BJP, he once again took an oath, along with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav. The oath was administered by Governor Phagu Chauhan. Janata Dal-United leader Kumar left his residence for Raj Bhawan at 1.40 pm. Soon after, RJD …

On World Tribal Day, Gehlot Highlights Development Work In Tribal Areas

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various projects worth ₹399 crore at Mangarh and Sangdungri in Banswara on the occasion of World Tribal Day. Gehlot stated on World Tribal Day that the day provides us with an opportunity to consider how to solve tribal difficulties and …

Hard-Nosed But Sensitive Reporter Meets Reluctant Leader

Q: So, where are we going? A: Where are we going?   Q: Where are you going? A: I? Me?   Q: The Opposition. A: That. We will wear black. We will walk all over Delhi in protest.   Q: Walking is good for health, and consumes no fossil fuel. A: It is, isn’t it? …

Jammu and Kashmir: Beyond Article 370 Abrogation

  Three years ago, abrogation of Article 370 changed the nomenclature of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The state was bifurcated into two Union Territories with Ladakh designated as a separate Union Territory. The aim was to completely integrate Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India. On the eve of 5th August 2019, …

Ukraine War Approaches The Finish Line

  It looks like the Ukraine graph is gradually approaching a plateau. Or already has. While it was impossible to guess the probable duration of the episode when the Russian special operations began in February, an assumption – that Europe wouldn’t be allowed to freeze in the winters – germinated among conflict observers around the …

IAF’S MiG-21 Problem

With the crash of another MiG-21 Trainer, the media blame game shall once again commence with great gusto. Everyone from politicians to panwallahs will offer expert advice on what to do. The media will further muddy the waters by fielding an array of experts whose quality may range from retired Air Marshals to loquacious loudmouth …

An Award For Prof TJ Joseph And A Warning For Us

  Last week, Kerala Sahithya Academy announced its annual awards. In the category of autobiography, TJ Joseph’s ‘A Thousand Cuts’ shared the honors with the outspoken writer M Kunjaman — who later declined it as he believes awards are a way of the establishment co-opting dissent.    At the time of the announcements, I was …