ibtl Columns


    Francois Gautier | Tuesday, Mar 19,2013, 19:28 IST .

    Once again, a country, Italy, shows how little respect it has for India, this time by refusing to honor its word to send back the accused marines. Is it not then time to say: “Arise O India, be proud once more of Thyself”.

    This should be India’s motto for the Third Millennium, after five centuries of self-denial. For, in spite of its poverty, in spite of the false A..

  • Naveen Jindal's Tiranga Bangle Tangle

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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..

  • Shivaratri - The Shiva Tattva

    Bharath Gyan | Sunday, Mar 10,2013, 06:49 IST .

    Indian thought and practices over time immemorial have commemorated certain days and festivals as ways and means for people to understand, remember and reunite with the Universe and the divinities of the Universe. Among the Indian pantheon of divinities, few are historical (like  Rama and Krishna) and many others are Tattva, principles, essence in nature like the Shiva Tattva.


  • How Wharton Scored a Huge Self-Goal

    Sandeep Web | Tuesday, Mar 05,2013, 18:05 IST .

    The most important thing before we begin is to call things by their proper name. One, our clever-by-half media and secularati have twisted the retraction of Wharton School India Economic Forum’s invitation to Narendra Modi as a “

  • Bengal @ Time Bomb...

    Anand Mathur | Monday, Mar 04,2013, 22:37 IST .

    “Lebensraum” is a Latin word meaning “living space”. This word was intellectualized in modern times on Nazi lines by intellectuals in Bangladesh when they realized that economic and urban development in their country would not keep pace with the population explosion happening under Islamic influence. A corrupt Bangladesh almost always hovers at the top of the worldwide..

  • Is Draupadi Rarely Referenced?

    Sandeep Web | Monday, Mar 04,2013, 08:33 IST .

    After failing to show how Sita’s abduction by Ravana and her abandonment by Rama qualify as “rape” and/or “sexual assault,” Nilanjana Roy turns to Draupadi whom she characterizes as follows:


  • Naveen Jindal's Tiranga Bangle Wrangle

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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..

  • Death penalty... Supreme Court muddies waters

    Sandhya Jain | Thursday, Feb 28,2013, 08:22 IST .

    By granting a six week stay on the death sentence of four aides of ivory and sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, the Supreme Court has heightened emotions in Jammu and Kashmir over the hanging of Afzal Guru, and strengthened feelings in some quarters that the President did an injustice by rejecting the mercy petitions of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru. The Union Home Ministry has also come under a sha..

  • Samjhauta terror investigation : Fabricating terror probe against RSS

    S Gurumurthy | Sunday, Feb 24,2013, 16:48 IST .

    “RSS and BJP were behind the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts” declared the Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on January 20, 2012, adding that the training camps run by the RSS and BJP were promoting ‘Hindu terrorism’. A day after Shinde’s declaration, Hafiz Saeed, the leader of LeT, Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist outfit, asked for a ba..

  • The Snakes in Our Own Grass

    Sandeep Web | Tuesday, Feb 19,2013, 10:21 IST .

    What’s common to LeT, JuD, Yasin Malik, and Hafiz Saeed? All are terrorists who’ve vowed the destruction of India and have at various points, taken violent steps to make this intention clear. What else is common to LeT, JuD, Yasin Malik, and Hafiz Saeed? All of ‘em terrorists have mourned the execution of the homegrown traitor cum terror..

  • Poor get 'Free Lunches', Rich get 'Free Monthly Ration'

    Devinder Sharma | Saturday, Feb 16,2013, 10:49 IST .

    In the run up to Budget 2013, I hear it every day. Subsidies are doles to the poor, must be curbed. There are no 'free lunches'. While social security for a majority of India's population is being considered as 'free lunches', none of the TV panelists (and newspaper writers) ever talk of 'free monthly ration' that the industry is being given year after year. The on..

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