Dragon’s footprints


When former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited China in 1979 as the external affairs minister, he had fervently made a case before his counterpart to put an end to the training camps offered ..

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Infosys- It’s Money Honey!


“Vishal Sikka means lots of money,” said Infosys founder Narayana Murthy on the day the announcement of the appointment of Sikka as the CEO of Infosys. He was the natural choice for the Infosys bo..

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Red riding falsehood

“This perfidy and calumny must not be tolerated”, a mentally shattered Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, said on the floor of the Indian Parliament after the aggression by the People’s Liberation Army into the Indian Territory on 20 October 1962. It was an act of a massive betrayal, signifying the...


Choking india

One summer afternoon, I got this disturbing phone call from a resident of Pitampura in Delhi, (name withheld). He was undergoing cancer treatment in Rajeev Gandhi Cancer Hospital. After completing a round of treatment, his doctors have advised him to reduce body burden of toxic exposure. He asked, “Where can I live t...


Climate classroom

Thirteen year old Sohail was one with the lowest attention spans in his class at Sarvodaya Co-ed Senior Secondary School, Munirka, and this was affecting his academic progress. But the last winter vacations changed something in him, making him an observant and diligent student. His teacher, Arunav Chauhan, a Teach For ...


Data debated deaths denied

The alarmingly swift degradation of the environment has for long been a pressing concern for filmmakers, especially those that work in the non-fiction space. A little over a decade ago, environmentalist and former US vice president Al Gore featured prominently in documentarian Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth...


Law-lessness rules

It was in July 2015 that the then Law Minister, Sadananda Gowda suggested that the National Litigation Policy would be implemented soon. Two years having gone by, there is no news about the same, and the government itself is the litigant in nearly half of the 2.6 crore pending cases. Due to a government being the bigge...


Power-full energiser

As the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government completes three years in office, one sector which has made significant visible advances is power. Under the steward guidance of Piyush Goyal, the power sector has undergone significant reforms and changes and this is probably what resulted in India becomi...


Unskilled ministry

India is the country with one of the youngest workforces in the world. Two third of its 126 crore population is below the age of 35 years. Demographic experts estimate that by 2020, India will become the youngest country in the world with a median age of 29. This figure is both heartening as well as frightening. It’s...


Startups challenging ecosystem

“What is your career objective? Studying and then taking up a job or studying and then becoming a job creator”? Asked the MBA teacher to the final year students of IIM, Indore. Before the students could reply, the teacher added that an IIM tag will get you a decent job with salary package ranging from Rupees 25 lak...


A touching issue

Social scientist and founder of Sulabh International Dr Bindeshwar Pathak believes that his suggestion made to the Central Government several years ago to install containers below all train toilets can provide a long-term solution to the problem of dirty railway tracks. Speaking at the Youth Conclave organised by Parli...


Sporting questions

Union Youth affairs & Sports Minister Vijay Goel’s son is fond of sporting activities. He likes to play cricket, football and even basketball but the minister is not at all happy with what his son is playing, rather he is concerned about his health. Surprised? A child taking part in sporting activities and the father...