ibtl Columns

  • Arvind Kejriwal The AAP Drama Queen 2014

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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..

  • DNA of Aam Aadmi party: Disruption, Nepotism & Anarchism?

    Sandhya Jain | Saturday, Feb 01,2014, 20:27 IST .

    Overwhelmed at the sheer diversity and apparent chaos of India, American economist and envoy John Kenneth Galbraith dubbed it “functionary anarchy”, a description that has evoked smiles over the decades. It has taken less than a month of the Aam Aadmi Party to turn the national capital into a dysfunctional anarchy. One can only shudder at the fate of the nation should the party&rs..

  • Indian Muslims and the well of victimhood

    Sandhya Jain | Thursday, Jan 23,2014, 18:14 IST .

    Probably the most powerful spectacle at the star-spangled Saifai mahotsav was the cynical disdain of the Samajwadi Party and its Government in Uttar Pradesh towards human suffering, specifically in the Muzaffarnagar relief camps where 34 infants and children are officially admitted to have died of cold and disease. But the deeper lesson that the minority community would do well to ponder is t..

  • Is India safe... What is Ford Foundation?

    Professor R Vaidyanathan | Wednesday, Jan 15,2014, 21:09 IST .

    Lot of tweets and buzz doing round about growing presence of Ford Foundation in India and Indian politics. Felt like doing some research on this. Trust me results have been shocking. It really raises questions – IS INDIA SAFE?

    What is Ford Foundation?

    Always thought that Ford Foundation was a philanthropic organization involved in charity, until I came..

  • What is Makara Jyothi?

    Bharath Gyan | Tuesday, Jan 14,2014, 22:47 IST .

    Q. What is Makara Jyothi ?

    Commonly people think of it as a star and it is celebrated in Sabarimala as Makara Vilakku.

    This very word  Makara Jyothi has 2 words – Makara and Jyothi. What is Makara? In the sky, we have 12 Rasis or Zodiac signs or constellations. The Sun is in one rasi for a month and transits through to the next rasi in the next mo..

  • Lok Sabha Polls will usher India of our dreams

    Maheish Girri | Tuesday, Jan 14,2014, 16:27 IST .

    The decks are getting cleared for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections which will decide the future course of our nation. The poll process will in all probability commence next month.

    Will the Indian people continue to suffer unwarranted inflation, corruption and bad governance? Or, will they find an end to their pain after the Lok Sabha polls? The answers to these questions will depend ..

  • The Truth about Medha Patkar, a secular activist

    Francois Gautier | Monday, Jan 13,2014, 22:21 IST .

    Most people in India have a positive impression about Medha Patkar. Is she not the secular activist who takes on big business, fights for preserving India’s greenery and defends the poor and downtrodden?

    However documents leaked to the press have revealed a very different picture: that of a scheming person, who has no qualms about breaking the law and whose sources of funding a..

  • Vote Bank Politics assumes a Jehadi Avataar

    Maheish Girri | Thursday, Nov 14,2013, 18:16 IST .

    The recent bomb blasts at Shri Narendra Modi's public rally at Patna's historic Gandhi Maidan, in which six people died and almost a hundred were injured, have brought into sharp focus the minority appeasement vote-bank politics of the so-called secular parties which puts national interest on the back-burner. When Mr. Modi says that the next General Elections will be fought by the Ind..

  • Dhanteras, Emergence of Wealth

    Bharath Gyan | Friday, Nov 01,2013, 23:35 IST .

    It starts with Dhanteras on the 13th phase, also known as Dhanvantari Trayodasi, a day of paying obeisance to prosperity, today celebrated by acquiring gold or other forms of wealth.

    Dhan Teras or Dhan Trayodasi  – the name itself suggests prosperity. Dhan means wealth..

  • Tackling Maoist menace: Return of Salwa Judum

    Sandhya Jain | Tuesday, Oct 22,2013, 18:46 IST .

    As the arc of Maoist violence engulfs Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and West Bengal, the Centre would do well to undo the Supreme Court’s July 2011 judgment that scuttled the Salwa Judum resistance movement against Naxal atrocities in Chhattisgarh. In tacit recognition of the infirmity of this verdict, the Centre last month asked the Odisha government to strengthen internal s..

  • From Spiritualism to Politics... but Why BJP?

    Maheish Girri | Monday, Oct 14,2013, 19:46 IST .
    Aadhyatm implies leading a life with values. Spiritualism is ingrained in every aspect of life. 
     
    If we remove spiritualism from life, we will be devoid of peace and hope, and a saga of destruction will be scripted. If we take spiritualism away from religion we are left with terrorism. And, if we take away spiritualism from commerce we are left with expl..
  • Media and its polarization Agenda

    Abhishek Joshi | Wednesday, Sep 25,2013, 11:00 IST .

    The Gödel’s two theorems in arithmetic logic provides for an interesting insight which relates more to its applicability with the Indian main stream media than the static reasoning of “incompleteness” which was originally put forward by him in 1931. Simply put it states that any effective theory capable of expressing axioms can never be both “consistent” and..