The recent comments by noted play writer, actor and theatrist Girish Karnad on V.S. Naipaul have generated the ‘needed’ debate rather controversy. I am calling it ‘debate’ and not controversy due to several reasons. Engagement with any author is an issue of ‘debate’ not controversy. Controversy occurs due to an impeccable belief in immortality of her/him and occurrence of disturbance therein whereas debate is worldly engagement. It is very much corporeal. Therefore, debate around any author is much desired an exercise and must take place often.
What India should realistically do is to deepen its engagement with Iran, irrespective of the pressure coming from Western capitals. In that context, the Tehran summit is an opportunity for India to make its Iran line even stronger. Stanly Johny writes as the NAM summit in Tehran commences.
While there may not be much merit in the arguments of those who have been criticising the poverty line for being too low on the basis of a per capita per day basis, their concerns remain valid. This is again entirely due to the double speak of the planning commission which has not shown clarity in making its stand clear on whether these poverty lines will be used for targeting of beneficiaries households or not.
Text of lecture delivered at the National Seminar on “Reforming Indian Democracy” organised by the Political Science Department, Sambalpur University, Odisha on 27th February 2012
Blog post on the latest developments in Nepal where yet another extension to the Constituent Assembly has been agreed upon. The post also comments on the Indian role in Nepali political matters during the CA period.
V. Vivekanandan, Advisor, South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies, speaks on the issues confronting fishermen in South Tamil Nadu, apropos the problems between India and Sri Lanka over fishing close to the maritime boundary.
Invoking Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's vision of India as a socialist country, on the occasion of his 114th birth anniversary, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, questioned the patriotism of the Congress [party] in view of reports of tax evasion to the tune of lakhs of rupees as money is siphoned off to accounts in Swiss banks and the recent 2G spectrum scam, on a day officially observed as Desh Prem Diwas by the West Bengal government.
Notwithstanding the fulsome praise for the one-sided and unequal relations with the United States in the corporate media, the real interests of the people of India are not served by such a relationship. What is required is a Indo-US relationship which is based on equality and mutual interest. A statement on the Obama visit from the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) .
India must show confidence, innovations and urgency for building purposeful relationship with China. Enforcing co-operation rather than harping on threats is a smart diplomacy that India must adopt. Parimal Maya Sudhakar writes.