ibtl columns

  • Dr. Rita Pal
  • "Coal allocations since 1993 are arbitrary and illegal", Says Supreme Court

    Tuesday, Aug 26,2014, 17:52 IST .

    On the 25th August 2014, a damning judgment was released by the Supreme Court of India in relation to the CoalGate Scam conducted during the reign of the previous Congress government. The bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha  were clearly unimpressed by the manner in which the former government had conducted itself in relation to coal block allocations and delivered a blistering verdict...

  • The Great Jindal Swindle

    Wednesday, May 07,2014, 14:13 IST .

    Naveen Jindal’s toothy grin and smarmy look accompanied by his expensive suits do not seem to be persuading the authorities that he is a honest politician.  This Congress MP who prides himself as a second rate Tiranga bangle seller is also the beleaguered director of Jindal Steel and Power Limited. Naveen Jindal has faced public scrutiny since the CBI [ Centre Bureau of Investigati..

  • Arvind Kejriwal The AAP Drama Queen 2014

    Sunday, Feb 02,2014, 22:14 IST .

    I felt compelled to write about the antics of Mr Kejriwal. Since his acrimonious divorce from Team Anna ended, he has paraded himself in the public eye like a typical cheap glitzy hip shaking, toe tapping Bollywood show dancer. Sadly, Team Anna’s fame has been stolen by the Aam Aadmi Party [AAP]. Like all divorce settlements in India, there is always some stealing going on somewhere. &n..

  • Maternal Health Whistle Blower Arrested

    Thursday, May 30,2013, 13:24 IST .

    Madhuri Ramakrishnasway, a maternal health activist was arrested on the 16th May 2013 outside the court in Barwani, Madhya Pradesh [MP], India. The police had received a complaint from those in charge of a hospital currently under scrutiny for the alleged mismanagement and neglect of maternal health. The background of this complaint is as follows:- On the night of 11th November 2008, a very p..

  • Doctors victimised in Uttar Pradesh

    Monday, Apr 22,2013, 12:34 IST .

    There is a protest in Patel Park, Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh [UP], India on the 22nd April 2013. It is on the eve of the Supreme Court Hearing in the NEET case [ Case No , Court 1].

    The story  behind  the protest describes the tough six month battle for justice. The brave young doctors in the area have been attempting to challenge the government's ..

  • The Porn Supremacy

    Wednesday, Apr 17,2013, 12:04 IST .

    90,000 doctors eagerly awaited the outcome of the NEET case today [16/4/2013]. This is the “Minority Card” case where a large number of colleges are seeking exemption from the national medical exam. Foreplay in India's judicial bed is taking..

  • 90,000 Doctors Calling: WAKE UP Mr Health Minister

    Monday, Apr 15,2013, 08:54 IST .

    Medical education in India has been plagued with a labyrinth of entrenched deep rooted corruption. Caught in the middle are the innocent unassuming public and the fragile careers of good doctors. Politicians appear to turn a blind eye while there are advertisements citing “medical seats for sale” appear for all to see. Recently, IBTL featured the

  • The 30 Billion Dollar Medical Seats Scam

    Friday, Apr 12,2013, 21:50 IST .

    Fury gripped the grass-roots medical fraternity today as they vented their anger on Twitter's hashtag #SaveNeetPG in relation to the “Cash for Medical Seats” scandal. On the 3rd April 2013, the CNN-IBN admirable sting operation caught the foll..

  • Rahul Gandhi – The Congress Honey Trap

    Monday, Apr 08,2013, 20:37 IST .

    India is a land of milk and honey. Many have craved a taste of that honey, or, more specifically, the wealth, power and riches that it brings. To seduce the Indian, the  Congress Party appointed their baby-faced soap star, Mr Rahul Gandhi, as their Vice President. With no expense spared,  propaganda posters and accessory razzmatazz have accompanied his every step towards the throne ..

  • Naveen Jindal's Tiranga Bangle Tangle

    Tuesday, Mar 12,2013, 07:39 IST .

    Last week, I wrote about the televised humiliation of MP Naveen Jindal, in which India Today's Rahul Kanwal asked him awkward questions that he couldn't adequately answer, while the calm, logical Dr Sanjeev Bagai, CEO of Radiant Life Care, produced a collection of facts that made Jindal look incompetent, at best.

    The subject, of course, was the now-infamous Tiranga Bangle, an..

  • Naveen Jindal's Tiranga Bangle Wrangle

    Saturday, Mar 02,2013, 08:58 IST .

    A few days ago, I wrote about Indian MP Shashi Tharoor's hasty “clarification” of his position regarding the infamous Tiranga Bangle. He and fellow MP, Naveen Jindal, of Flag Foundation of India fame, had jointly launched a copper bangle that, reputedly, ha..

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – The Kashmir Scenario

    Friday, Mar 01,2013, 09:44 IST .

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that may develop in response to one or more traumatic events, such as deliberate acts of interpersonal violence, severe accidents, disasters or military action.

    The syndrome has been recognized for over 100 years; during the First World War it was known as Shell Shock, by the Second World War it had become Combat Fat..

  • The Art of Romance

    Thursday, Feb 14,2013, 12:32 IST .

    The modern world appears to have lost the concept of romance.  Perhaps, it has been left behind in the caskets of  history. Defined as an “ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people”, the 21st Century has replaced it by elements of lust and physical attraction.

    Perhaps the media is to blame for influencing the recent generation..

  • Shashi Tharoor's Good Turn U-Turn...

    Monday, Feb 04,2013, 16:25 IST .

    MP Shashi Tharoor must, by now, be sorely regretting his decision to assist fellow Parliamentarian Naveen Jindal's Flag Foundation of India with the launch of the infamous Tiranga Bangle.

    Jindal is already famous for his seven-year court battle that won Indians the right to display the national flag, and infamous for the

  • Shashi Tharoor's Magic Bangles...

    Tuesday, Jan 29,2013, 00:56 IST .

    Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the MP for Trivandrum. He sports a clipped British accent and an accessory auto-fringe flick of his greying hair. His biography reads like a man with a profound superiority complex. KC Singh, former secretary in the external affairs ministry, who coordinated Tharoor’s campaign..

  • Rahul Gandhi - the Plastic Prince

    Wednesday, Jan 23,2013, 08:46 IST .

    It is no secret that the Congress Party has no substance to them. They continue to capitalise on their past credibility, gathered during the time of India’s independence.

    They sport an Italian waitress as the hand that rocks the cradle and her progeny as show pieces for the population. Sonia Gandhi spearheads the campaigns but demonstrates little in the way of insight. Ma..

  • Alcohol: an unnecessary evil

    Saturday, Jan 12,2013, 02:07 IST .

    The art of decadence and glamour in Bollywood includes flashing their well toned flesh and sporting a fluted glass of champagne while being draped seductively across a rich, hot, six pack, whisky drinking male. It is a kind of east-west clash gone wrong. Expensive alcohol is flaunted by the rich and famous as a sign of opulence. Alcohol is apparently a status symbol these days. Bollywood par..

  • Dying Kindness in New Delhi

    Saturday, Jan 05,2013, 12:58 IST .

    On the 16th Dec 2012, two people were in a state of emergency. Both had been violently beaten, and one was horrifically gang raped. The story has flashed through every news portal in the world. While there has been shock, horror and demands for justice, we have not examined the manner in which the population around the two victims behaved that night. Many of us wou..

  • Rape Crisis and Crocodile tears : When Congress Fails Us

    Monday, Dec 31,2012, 00:26 IST .

    Crocodile tears fell from the eyes of Congress leaders following the death of a rape victim. She is called Amanat, a treasure kept in trust or Damini, for a Bollywood movie heroine, or simply braveheart.

    The truth is, she could have been anyone. This is a lady who typified India’s respected woman, the one who deserved it all - the perfect life – but, in a tragic twi..

  • Love Science

    Tuesday, Dec 11,2012, 17:34 IST .

    We all suffer from love sickness at some point in our lives. The exhilarating feeling of intoxication and rush of emotions is caused by a cocktail of chemicals affecting our physiological state. The three proposed stages of love are lust, attraction and attachment. Scientists say that each stage is influenced by a number of hormones in our bodies. A trio of neurotransmitters - dopamine (also ..

  • Baba Ramdev... Crowd Power

    Monday, Aug 13,2012, 18:22 IST .

    Yoga Supermo, Baba Ramdev and his team have been at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi for a week now. Their protest continues undeterred. This flamboyant gentleman has beaten all the odds and leads a well organised effective protest. Contrary to popular belief, he was able to command a large audience. Approximately two lakhs attended Ramlila Maidan on the 12th August 2012. The protest has ..

  • The Power of People... Ramlila Maidan

    Saturday, Aug 11,2012, 15:04 IST .

    60,000 and Rising...

    It is said that when one door closes, another door opens. This was certainly the case in India this week. Team Anna shut the lights off, shut up shop and took their cricket bats home. Despite commencing a

  • Wake up Team Anna

    Wednesday, Aug 08,2012, 13:47 IST .

    Anna Disbanded : Team Anna disbanded recently following their announcement that they would dip their toes in the political gutter. Many faithful supporters plummeted into a deep sense of bereavement. I likened it to a massive power failure in India in my

  • Team Anna - Shutting India's Lights Off On the Way Out

    Friday, Aug 03,2012, 15:23 IST .

    Earlier this week, half of India plummeted  into darkness. It was dubbed as the world’s worst power failure affecting millions of people. On the 2nd August 2012, the lights went out of the rest of India. After inspiring millions of people world-wide, progressing positively on their current protest,

  • Team Anna Strikes Back

    Wednesday, Aug 01,2012, 15:48 IST .

    Corruption is rife in India. It is entrenched within society – so much so that many in India accept it as a way of life. The main casualties are the most vulnerable in India’s vast 1.2 billion population.  Corruption is uncontrolled due to the serious lack of accountability. The only light at the end of a very dark tunnel is the grass roots campaign group- 

  • Pranab Mukherjee - The Unsuitable Boy

    Friday, Jul 13,2012, 16:32 IST .

    Mr Pranab Mukherjee is a controversial politician, with a spectacular talent for avoiding accountability.  As one of India’s leading high profile politicians, he advertises himself fairly well on his website.

    His

  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

    Saturday, Jun 09,2012, 18:22 IST .

    Mr M V Tanksale - With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility ... In the last few days, the column A Clear Emergency - Every 30 Minutes ...related to the deaths of Indian farmers has generated some attention from the social media. &l..

  • A Clear Emergency - Every 30 Minutes an Indian Farmer Commits Suicide

    Wednesday, Jun 06,2012, 17:29 IST .

    Indian farmers are committing suicide at a rapid rate. Despite protests, their voice appears to be unheard by those in the corridors of power. Suicides have been reported since the 1990s . ..