Learning History as fact, and not fiction

As schools reopened earlier this month, voices began to be raised about the quality of education being imparted to students in certain subjects, especially history. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath questioned the rationale behind excluding certain revered figures from the school curriculum. Though much has been written over the … Read More

Monsanto sway in Agriculture Ministry

In a major goof-up, GoI fails to submit before Delhi High Court on GMO involving Monsanto In a shocking development, officials of the Union Ministry of Agriculture deliberately failed to submit the Government of India’s views on the Indian Patent Act and Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Act, … Read More

Baduria minor arrest challenged

Even as social media expressed anguish and anger against the arrest and detention of the minor boy whose Facebook post sparked off serious communal unrest in Basirhat town of North 24 Parganas district from July 4, the Hindu Samhati, a grassroots human rights body that provides succour to West Bengal’s … Read More

Glyphosate causes cancer, rules California

In a triumph of environmentalists & farmers California declared glyphosate, as a toxic cancer-causing chemical. All California retailers are required to add cancer warning labels to all products containing glyphosate from July 7 In a major setback to the multinational seed and chemical company, Monsanto, the US State of California … Read More

The fruition of bonds of hoary civilisational past

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated his maiden visit to Israel with a lead article written jointly with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and published simultaneously in India and Israel that reflected the efforts of both to make the trip memorable. “Hand In Hand Into The Future” (July 4) commemorates the establishment … Read More

Basirhat riots: Mamata fulminates against Governor

Is the Basirhat riot a reflection of Mamata’s appeasement politics? West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s fulminations against Governor Kesrinath Tripathi for performing his constitutional duty and inquiring about the law and order situation in Basirhat town, has drawn national attention to the pathetic state of the Hindu community under … Read More

Is Qatar the next battlefield?

Over the past two years, Qatar has conducted over $86 billion worth of transactions in yuan and signed several economic agreements with China. Is the Saudi-led crackdown on Qatar a Washington manoeuvre to nix the Emirate’s attempts to sell oil and gas in Chinese yuan, via Iran, undermining the hegemony … Read More

Turmoil in the Gulf and the Persian interest

With a sovereign wealth fund of $335 billion and a miniscule citizenry (12 per cent of 2.5 million residents), Qatar has long enjoyed the luxury of engaging in regional politics without fear of domestic unrest, unlike its neighbours. But on June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and … Read More

Farmer cause real, violence political

The agility with which the Congress party raises an uproar and/or takes to the streets to protest the alleged sins of omission or commission of the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre or in States ruled by it, is admirable. The BJP, in comparison, tends to be sluggish in its … Read More

No crash in Taiwan: Netaji did not die there

  Japan should be urged to reveal the truth about its own citizens. The unhappiness of Netaji’s family is justified On 18 August 1945, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (b. 23 January 1897) walked out of the gates of history to become India’s most enduring mystery. In subsequent decades, India’s most … Read More