ibtl Columns

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

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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 . ..

  • Assange impact: Internet censorship - Sandhya Jain

    Sandhya Jain | Tuesday, May 22,2012, 16:35 IST .

    India’s proposal that the United Nations appoint a 50-member watchdog body to regulate the internet has elicited some sharply divergent opinions. One side maintains that the proposed Committee for Internet Related Polices (CIRP), which would oversee all Internet standards bodies and rule on all Internet-related disputes, is a draconian measure that puts India in the same bracket as regi..

  • Nostradamus said Aryan invasion will be proved false: Francois Gautier

    Francois Gautier | Saturday, May 19,2012, 17:32 IST .

    Friends, This are extracts of an article I wrote three years ago for my Ferengi’s column of the Indian Express. Was it prophetic ? It seems so, at a time when the BJP is turning the guns of its armed forces against its own people, the Hindus. One cannot think of a greater betrayal. What power does to people….

    Michel de Nostre-Dame, better ..

  • Film Stars endorsing social causes: Is it a dangerous trend?

    Devinder Sharma | Monday, May 14,2012, 08:47 IST .

    Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen is angry. This time her anger is about film stars who put their 'pretty faces' to social causes. Even before Aamir Khan launched his weekly show SatyamevJayate (on Star Plus and DD National channels simultaneously), film stars had ventured into areas about which they knew little or cared little. But since it became fashionable, and TV channels wanted..

  • What did the Modi government do for riot victims?

    Godhra Riot | Sunday, May 13,2012, 11:12 IST .

    We have already seen the steps taken by the Government to quell the violence, and in saving the lives of the victims- for example in Sanjeli, Bodeli and Viramgam areas of Gujarat. Hindus were also saved from violent Muslims in many places in Gujarat- like in Jamalpur on 1 March 2002 and in Modasa on 19 March 2002 when Muslims attacked. But there has also been a claim by many that the Gujarat ..

  • Is Kalki the only hope? - S Gurumurthy

    S Gurumurthy | Wednesday, May 09,2012, 19:16 IST .

    With each passing year of the United Progressive Alliance rule, scams are rising in numbers and in the sums looted. According to one compilation, there were seven scams in 2008, nine in 2009, 14 in 2010, 23 in 2011 and 22 so far in 2012. The Indian political landscape had seen scams earlier, but now the scams seem unending, their rapidity unbelievable and monies plundered unprecedented. No on..

  • No more Swiss Chocolates - Abhishek Joshi

    Abhishek Joshi | Tuesday, May 08,2012, 15:40 IST .

    "The existing DTAA (Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement) signed between Swiss and Indian authorities is a farce and non committal to get the Illicit wealth back, specially in light of recent Credit Suisse verdict argues the author, Abhishek Joshi. Read on...

    Great Swiss man, Henry Dunant and his own founded, now epitomized International Red Cross a..

  • Using NGOs to coerce nations - Sandhya Jain

    Sandhya Jain | Tuesday, May 08,2012, 12:32 IST .

    Non-Western nations have long known that non-governmental organizations, ostensibly set up to provide humanitarian services to citizens in their respective countries, such as against police or other public authorities, fighting poverty or environmental degradation, are funded by foreign regimes to serve their agendas. They are in that sense a tool of coercive diplomacy, or war by other means...

  • Scrap FCRA and Save the Republic - Prof R Vaidyanathan

    Professor R Vaidyanathan | Monday, May 07,2012, 13:08 IST .

    Normally reticent and mild mannered Manmohan Singh in an interview to Science magazine during February mentioned that American NGO’s are funding the protests against Kudankulam nuclear plant. He also blamed protests against genetically modified crops on groups which were funded from the US and Scandinavian countries.

    He said that “they are not fully appreciative of ..

  • Policy paralysis: Is it an economic term for exploitation?

    Devinder Sharma | Saturday, May 05,2012, 00:26 IST .

    "India no longer Mittal's priority" screamed a headline in The Economic Times (April 30, 2012). Having seen the Steel tycoon occupy the dias with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the inauguration of the Bathinda refinery in Punjab a few days back, I was obviously curious to know the reason. I read the news report more carefully. The sub-head itself made it quite clear: Policy pa..

  • Propaganda v/s Facts - Did VHP organize the riots?

    Godhra Riot | Friday, May 04,2012, 13:27 IST .

    Fact: Out of Gujarat’s 18,600 villages, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had units in 10,000 villages at the time of the riots of 2002. If it had wanted- it could have easily organized retaliatory riots in many of these 10,000 villages. Instead-only 40 out of the state’s 18,600 villages saw riots. VHP General Secretary Dr Praveen Togadia is a Patel and hails from Saurashtra region ..

  • India's Ruling party trapped into bitter factional war between the ruling elite and organisational bosses

    India Policy Foundation | Saturday, Apr 28,2012, 20:12 IST .

    The country’s ruling party is heading towards the most severe crisis. The government and the organization have been engaged in cold war since last two years. The party led by Sonia Gnadhi and the government headed by her ex- nominee Manmohan Singh have been using issues and their repective loyalists to show down each other. When I raised this question to one of the party’s senior ..

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