ibtl Columns

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

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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- 

  • Minorities Commission finally dismisses complaint against Narendra Modi government

    Kartikeya Tanna | Wednesday, Aug 01,2012, 12:11 IST .

    Earlier this month, on July 3, the National Commission for Minorities dismissed the complaint filed by Ms. Niyazbibi Bannumiyan on the grounds that it does not have jurisdiction to look into the matter and investigate it “as requested” in the complaint.

    Ms B..

  • The War against Welfare

    Sandhya Jain | Tuesday, Jul 31,2012, 18:27 IST .

    The collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago was followed by the rise of two unnoticed but related phenomena: first, the West pushed the liberalization agenda on nations that had hitherto resisted integration with its market economy; second, the United States and Europe rapidly demolished the welfare state they had erected after World War II.

    This resulted in the end of job..

  • Bangladeshi Infiltration & "Ahomiya" Issues - Abhishek Joshi

    Abhishek Joshi | Monday, Jul 30,2012, 17:34 IST .

    The Prime Minister post his visit to Assam recently mentioned the ethnic riots as a blot on the nation. One is severely compelled to ask him on what made him make this statement passing on the buck of his personal follies and that of his Congress party which has ruled successively  both in Center and the State since decades, on this ethnic incident in Assam. Why should I as a citize..

  • Who is responsible for Assam's situation...?

    Maheish Girri | Friday, Jul 27,2012, 23:08 IST .

    When politician’s sell their soul and self respect then ‘prostitution of politics’ starts, Assam riots are a clear result of that. This "prostitution of politics" is a gift to our country by the UPA Government.

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  • NATO's proxy war in Syria escalates; Russia-China checkmate UN

    Sandhya Jain | Sunday, Jul 22,2012, 21:14 IST .

    The United States and its European NATO allies along with Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and of course Israel, are now in a state of undeclared war against Syria, as part of their ultimate goal of containing Iran. That is, until they gather more coalition partners to take on Russia and China. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has unsubtly weighed in on the side of the NATO aggressors..

  • Gujarat Elections Gaffe: Business Standard does it yet again

    Kartikeya Tanna | Thursday, Jul 19,2012, 18:13 IST .

    The greatest benefit of the internet has been democratization of information and views on the information. Thankfully, India is not in the same boat as China with respect to internet censorship. At least, not yet, even though certain recent developments don’t inspire confidence.

    Important data and analyses, access to which was once dependent on how the applicant greased t..

  • Senior Gujarat minister fights back against charges of corruption

    Kartikeya Tanna | Wednesday, Jul 18,2012, 16:58 IST .

    In a rather unprecedented move, Gujarat cabinet minister Dileep Sanghani has fought back against what he describes the “myths” propagated my “media mafias” and the Gujarat Congress. In the past few weeks, several allegations have been made by an RTI activist, Nathalal Sukhadia, of Sanghani’s involvement in around 12 scams amounting to Rs. 500 crore. These allegat..

  • The Sawan Calculus - Sandhya Jain

    Sandhya Jain | Tuesday, Jul 17,2012, 22:47 IST .

    According to the Hindu panchang, the month of sawan which along with bhadoncomprises India’s monsoon season, began on July 4; rains drenched this parched city on July 5. Was the monsoon on time, or ‘delayed’ as the Met Office kept lamenting? The Union Ministry of Agriculture was clueless how to reassure farmers who sowed the&nbs..

  • Pranab Mukherjee - The Unsuitable Boy

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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.


  • Kaushik Basu's useless suggestions to prop up the Indian economy

    Devinder Sharma | Wednesday, Jul 11,2012, 19:27 IST .

    I was dismayed to read the lead article in The Times of India today (TOI, June 16, 2012). The article: Let's not overreact by India's chief economic advisor Kaushik Basu (available here: http://bit.ly/KzAhKA) in reality makes a fervent appeal to allow FDI in retail. To bolster the sagging economy, he has only two suggestions: 1) to open up..

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