ibtl Columns

  • Congress prepares for early elections

    Sandhya Jain | Wednesday, Jan 02,2013, 15:36 IST .

    The Congress party hardcore has always been adept at reading the tea leaves, smoke signals, and other occult signs indicating the way its fortunes are blowing. It is fully aware of its declining credibility since 2009, both at the Centre and in Delhi state. Hence, it views the results of the Gujarat elections, which many see as boosting the prime ministerial prospects of chief minister Narend..

  • Rape Crisis and Crocodile tears : When Congress Fails Us

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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..

  • A Silent Spiritual Revolution : Volunteer for a better India

    Sanjay Kumar | Saturday, Dec 22,2012, 09:24 IST .

    As the public outrage continues to outpour against the heinous and horrific gang-rape in Delhi, the intelligentsia of the country is busy passing the buck and amidst all this thousands of young people without indulging in any dharnas, protests, blame game are taking out peace marches, creating awareness, meditating and praying. These youth are part the of Volunteer For A Better India (VFABI),..

  • FDI & the true face of western capitalism

    Sandhya Jain | Wednesday, Dec 19,2012, 00:29 IST .

    In a confidential memorandum in December 1991, Lawrence Summers, World Bank Chief Economist, urged his colleagues: “‘Dirty’ Industries: Just between you and me, shouldn’t the World Bank be encouraging MORE migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [Less Developed Countries]? I can think of three reasons”. Those who believe that the transfer of manufacturing f..

  • Most Loathsome People of India in 2012

    Sandeep Web | Monday, Dec 17,2012, 23:18 IST .

    The list of the Most Loathsome Indians of 2012 is short this time simply because loathsomeness has become a way of life. Some usual names that figure pretty much every year have been omitted. If this surprises you, don’t be. Instead, think. Deeply. But before that, here’s the list.

    9. Girish Karnad


  • Ignore Guru Culture And Perish

    Anand Mathur | Wednesday, Dec 12,2012, 23:33 IST .

    My sister and I were discussing spiritual and existential questions in the Indian context. However her westernized education and limited exposure to Indian philosophies hindered her ability in grasping its concepts. Exasperated she threw her hands in the air and exclaimed, “There are so many scriptures, so many opinions! How can I know which to follow?”

    Her statemen..

  • Love Science

    Dr. Rita Pal | 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 ..

  • Sociology and Economics of Violence : An Indian Perspective

    Sanjay Kumar | Thursday, Nov 29,2012, 23:41 IST .

    Violence has become a global phenomenon today, no country or state is untouched by it. Globally, violence accounts for the death of more than 1.5 million people annually. Speaking of India itself, Jammu & Kashmir is facing militancy, North-East is marred with insurgency and as per MHA record the 2/3rd of the country is spawned by Maoism We’ll be amazed to know the figures of expense..

  • Coming Soon: An Entitlement University Named After a Mass Murderer

    Sandeep Web | Thursday, Nov 29,2012, 01:16 IST .

    This man has caused great loss not only to the Muslim community but to the entire society. He may be occupying a very high office, but we will not spare him. He has committed grave and deliberate mistakes. I have ordered a detailed inquiry into the bank’s functioning.

    This is how Mumtaz Ali Khan, Karnataka Minister for Haj, Wakf and Minority Welfare 

  • Abortion: A Hindu perspective

    Sandhya Jain | Thursday, Nov 22,2012, 00:52 IST .

    The medically avoidable, gut-wrenchingly painful death of Savita Halappanavar in an Irish hospital on October 28 brought thousands of Irish citizens, most of them born Catholics, to the streets in heartwarming solidarity with the family of an unknown Indian. Savita was denied an abortion though she was miscarrying, on grounds that it was illegal in the Catholic nation. She protested that she ..

  • Was Balasaheb Thakre Merely a Great Maratha or the Hero of Hindu Hearts?

    Sandeep Web | Tuesday, Nov 20,2012, 00:56 IST .

    But who was he really? Do we go by the opinions of analysts who put him on par with political cartoonists like R.K. Laxman? Or, barring Times Now, do we go by the opinion of the rest of the English news channels who unanimously declare him to be a socially divisive force? Or in light of the several unnecessary statements he made about Belgaum, do we regard him—like ma..

  • Dalai Lama: If only Tibet had Oil...

    Devinder Sharma | Monday, Nov 19,2012, 12:53 IST .

    Several years ago, must be sometimes between 1988-89, I was interviewing Dalai Lama at McLeod Ganj, a suburb of Dharamsala, where he lives in exile. I was then the State Correspondent for the Indian Express, posted in Shimla. It was during the course of the pretty-long interview wherein we had discussed about what Dalai Lama called as 'cultural genocide' in Tibet, I..

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