Food safety concerns

In Rottenseed! Cottonseed, Alzheimer’s and Your Brain, nutritionist Bruce Semon traces the rise of Alzheimer’s to a toxin in cottonseed, that goes to the brain and randomly ties up important structures there. Cottonseed, a byproduct of cotton farming, contains poisons but is routinely fed to farm animals, poultry and fish, … Read More

Delimitation debate

Recent euphoria over a fresh delimitation exercise to restructure the lopsided constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir quickly dissipated as the Centre denied media reports that Home Minister Amit Shah is considering such a move. Since then, Governor Satpal Malik has earned public ire for asserting that the government has no … Read More

Lurching from crisis to crisis

Although Sonia Gandhi’s formidable personality holds the Congress together, the party is beginning to flounder in the absence of clarity on whether Rahul Gandhi’s resignation has been withdrawn or accepted. The Wayanad MP offered to quit at the Congress Working Committee meeting on May 25, taking full responsibility for the … Read More

Reinventing the Brand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is accused of making the 2019 general election a presidential race centred on his formidable personality and powerful oratory, thus ensuring the landslide victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (303; NDA 353). However, his principal challenger, Rahul Gandhi, made the contest monarchical with his family-driven rhetoric … Read More

The intolerance of Time

It is unproductive to speculate why, but a vocal section of the Western commentariat is showing an increasing intolerance towards strong and nation-centric leaders in the rest of the world. Three notable examples are Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Narendra Modi. Putin won in May 2018, Xi Jinping can’t be … Read More

Congress’ cup of sorrows

In the rough and tumble of the country’s longest election season, politicians often make statements for political mileage. Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s exaggerated claims of benefits accruing to industrialist Anil Ambani from the Rafale deal, his inability to stick to one figure for the corporate loans allegedly written off by … Read More

Questions on Smriti degree will shake foundations of Rahul and Sonia

केंद्रीय मंत्री स्मृति ईरानी ने 2014 में जबसे अमेठी के सांसद राहुल गांधी को कड़ी टक्कर देते हुए उनकी जीत का अंतर घटा दिया तभी से वह कांग्रेसी नेताओं और उनके वफादारों को कांटे की तरह चुभ रही हैं। इस संसदीय क्षेत्र की जरूरतें पूरी करने की दिशा में पिछले … Read More

The missing challenger

One of the most remarkable features of this year’s general elections is the failure of the opposition parties to stitch a “grand alliance” to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)–National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Even more inexplicable is the Congress Party’s sudden dysfunction, when it should have been upbeat after staving … Read More

Nasty side of power plays

Declining to release Kuldip Nayar’s posthumously published On Leaders and Icons: from Jinnah to Modi, Manmohan Singh informed the veteran journalist’s wife that on perusing the book, “I found a reference on page 172 that during my Prime Ministership, government files will go to Sonia Gandhi’s house. This statement is … Read More

Pakistan in meltdown mode

Opposition parties and their choirboys are understandably unenthusiastic about post-Pulwama developments, especially the prompt return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, because a regime that seemed doomed in the forthcoming general elections will now enjoy the incumbent’s advantage. While it would be premature to state that the Bharatiya Janata Party under … Read More