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The politics of language in India
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Maharashtra Assembly witnessed ugly scenes when newly-elected MLAs of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) attacked Samajwadi Party's Abu Azmi for taking the oath of office and secrecy in Hindi.
Should the Dalai Lama visit Tawang?
Thursday, November 05, 2009
The Dalai Lama's visit comes amidst deterioating bilateral ties between India & China. First it was China claiming the whole of Arunachal Pradesh, then objecting to Dr Manmohan Singh's visit to what it calls a 'disputed region' - leading to a war of words between the two countries & finally blaming the Tibetan spiritual leader for undermining ties between the two countries.
Age of TV media
Friday, October 30, 2009
It has been 25 years since prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated on Oct 31, 1984. Events of those days are still fresh in memory. Gandhi's assassination was followed by the anti-Sikh riots. There were no 24x7 news channels at that time and the media by and large went by the official line on the carnage. The government had enforced a total media blackout and stopped local and international media from covering the tragic blood shed of the decade.
Climate change: What should India do?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
In the run-up to the upcoming global summit on climate change in Copenhagen, this week on The Big Fight, we debate India's response to climate change. The issue of sharing the burden of fighting global warming has divided the developing and developed worlds as they prepare to negotiate a replacement to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol at a December summit in Copenhagen.
Is it time to change labour laws?
Thursday, October 08, 2009
The trade unions have always cried hoarse whenever there has been a proposal to change the labour laws. Their argument - the laws will end up compromising on labourers' interest.
Indo-China relations
Friday, October 02, 2009
As China unveiled its 60th anniversary fanfare, many in India were busy framing their responses to China’s rise, now a superpower with sweeping influence. It was also time to review the relations between Beijing and New Delhi- a relationship that stands at a crossroad, vitiated by mixed signals and China's aggressive claim on Arunachal Pradesh as its own territory.
The Naxal Menace
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described Naxalism as the biggest internal threat. The note of caution comes even as the four-decade old movement gains momentum and establishes a red-corridor cutting across several states.
Austerity drive: Is it going overboard?
Friday, September 18, 2009
The austerity epidemic began with the Congress party asking External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his junior Shashi Tharoor to vacate their five-star accommodation and move it modest homes- in line with the government’s austerity drive at a time of recession and deepening drought.
Behind encounter killings
Thursday, September 10, 2009
With magisterial enquiry establishing Ishrat Jahan's killing in Gujarat as a fake encounter, the question we are asking is are encounter killings necessary. Though the congress has jumped into the bandwagon criticising the Gujarat govt branding it as Man-eating government, it was also the center that in its affidavit had spoken about javed Shaikh, one of Ishrat's accomplice having links with lashkar-e-Taiba.
100 days of UPA
Thursday, September 03, 2009
It's been 100 years since the UPA government came to power for the second consecutive term. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had set a 100-day agenda for governance and the question we're debating this week is - Has the UPA failed to deliver on its promises?