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Opinions & Blogs / The Times of India

BJP simply doesnt respect the House: Parliament disruption has almost become the norm. Who is more responsible, BJP or parties opposing it?

Parliament must function. In its entire history, the House of Commons has not been adjourned for a single day. In our country, we are fast reaching the situation where not a single day passes when...

6 Dec 2021 2:25 am
Its the tyranny of the opposition: Parliament disruption has almost become the norm. Who is more responsible, BJP or parties opposing it?

Picture a gathering where security personnel, including women staff, are manhandled, there is an attempt to choke a warden, staffers are threatened, somebody tries to climb the LED TV stand, yet others jump on the...

6 Dec 2021 2:25 am
Look at jobs: Economic output has recovered. But there are worries on employment

The economic highlight last week was the July-September quarter GDP data. It showed that the aggregate economic output has just crossed the 2019 level, the pre-Covid benchmark. Theres now good reason to believe that the...

6 Dec 2021 2:20 am
Fighting together: Only the political leadership can clear the way for joint theatre commands

Among many commentaries on Indian armed forces theatrisation plan is the one from the new navy chief, Admiral R Hari Kumar. He said the US military took 50 years to achieve its joint command structure....

6 Dec 2021 2:15 am
How to know whether to push oneself or let go

By Swami Sukhabodhananda A man who is filled with arrogance suffers from it, not knowing how to free himself from it. By being arrogant he is constantly in conflict with others. He suffers this pain...

6 Dec 2021 2:00 am
Yogendra Yadav has abandoned guaranteed MSP. Let the farmers go home

Mr Modi had no choice but to repeal the farm laws. I had written on 26 January 2021 that It has not been possible for Mr Modi to bulldoze the farm laws. It is time...

5 Dec 2021 11:47 pm
Song of My Nation

Song I hear Bharat Mata singing, the diverse hymns I hear; The farmer singing his, as he tills his fields, The student singing his, as he turns the pages; The soldier sings him, as he...

5 Dec 2021 10:52 pm
ASEAN-China Summit: Duterte condemns Chinese aggressive moves

President Duterte of Philippines rebuked China at the ASEAN-China Summit for its aggressive actions against the ships of Philippines. He issued a harsh statement of condemnation against Beijing during the virtual Association of Southeast Asian...

5 Dec 2021 10:03 pm
Things to look forward to

India is a noisy democracy and opinions of all sorts are expressed. With a population of over 138 crore, a size and diversity befitting a continent, it is also a very-happening country. But what is...

5 Dec 2021 4:47 pm
Know Thy Self is the essential science & philosophy of all religions not my versus your religion

The essence of all Religions is, as was stated in ancient times, re-stated two-thousands years ago, and once again re-emphasized and scattered broadcast in the midst of the modern Western world, thatEach soul is potentially...

5 Dec 2021 4:17 pm
National Dam Safety Bill, 2021- Part 1

From the first Five-year Plan, under the Premiership of the first Prime Minister of India, late Jawaharlal Nehru, major stress was placed on the construction of big power projects under various five-year plans. Late Jawaharlal...

5 Dec 2021 3:50 pm
Protecting the Savings Class of Indians

Among the many classes of individual citizens that we have in India, we have one class the savings class. This class wishes to protect itself financially post retirement from employment after becoming senior citizens,...

5 Dec 2021 3:21 pm
Wake up now or forever regret!

I fear the rise of a generation with no mind of its own, no conversational skills and a lack of empathy is that where social media is leading us? There has been enough conversation...

5 Dec 2021 9:22 am
No one is safetill rich nations do a rethink on patent regime

The goal was to save humanity in the face of a pandemic killing millions across the globe. The way out was to be through vaccinations. But after mouthing platitudes such as no one is safe...

4 Dec 2021 11:49 pm
Power freebies show pitfalls of electoral politics

Always sacrifice economic sense if it wins a few more votes. That logic drives competitive politics in India, spurring myopic measures that inflict long-term damage. Too many elections are dominated by three issues subsidies,...

4 Dec 2021 11:46 pm
Foot off the brakes! Eight ideas to help India become a $5 trillion economy

The economy is on fire, and in a good way! Many early indicators suggest that Indians are out there with a vengeance. They are spending, consuming, travelling, and experiencing whatever they couldnt in the last...

4 Dec 2021 11:44 pm
Dung to propel transition from fossil fuels to hydrogen economy

Climate change has left the fringes and became central to most of the governments policy making across the globe. And why should it not be? The recent report, Climate Change 2021: The physical science basis,...

4 Dec 2021 10:08 pm
Five reasons why foreign companies are investing in Indian esports teams

When it comes to the world of sports and entertainment, nothing has really captivated the modern era like esports. Esports started off as more of an underground culture but has evolved today into a billion...

4 Dec 2021 9:57 pm
Essential factors to consider before opting for Connected Lighting

Lighting can play a crucial role in improving our mood by changing the lighting intensity and colour temperature. Connected lighting is a system of lighting fixtures with sensors networked together with remote connectivity. While changing...

4 Dec 2021 9:25 pm
Dissolving Indias water woes demands public private partnerships

One in two Indians do not have access to safe drinking water. About two-thirds of rural and over one-fourth of urban households are yet to have a tap water connection. Water-borne diseases claim about 200,000...

4 Dec 2021 9:19 pm
GCCs in India: The evolving talent landscape

India is fast being viewed as a value creator. Progressive global capability centers or GCCs and their leadership teams from India are being called upon to contribute to the growth strategies and transformation of the...

4 Dec 2021 9:05 pm
The mystery man in the black car!

Udupi Diaries 2 India is a happening country to live in, even if it is in a small colony in a small town like Udupi. With roughly around 15 independent houses set neatly on either...

4 Dec 2021 6:06 pm
Omicron the inside edge

The Omicron is here to stay or to wreak havoc we cant say yet! But its made its official touchdown in one of our southern states. Just when we chose to believe that the...

4 Dec 2021 4:24 pm
Patel Tales

New Zealands Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel has taken all ten wickets in the ongoing Mumbai test. I just tuned in to see Ajaz Patel bowling to Axar Patel in what could be the first instance...

4 Dec 2021 2:01 pm
What is a good education?

This blog is part of a series on Compassionate Citizenry written by Madhuri Dass Woudenberg, who is starting to think that shed better write things down before she forgets them. Our societies are in a...

4 Dec 2021 1:32 pm
Giving Gyan: Dear Bachi, I want girlfriend with no past

Dear Bachi, I am Ankur, 26. I have been into 2 relationships and have observed that the Past of a Girl (in my case) always matters. No matter what they say, past is what shapes...

4 Dec 2021 12:46 pm
The mirage of opposition unity to take on Modi in 2024 Part 2

Last few days, many disgruntled members from Congress & other opposition parties seem to have been making a beeline to join the TMC. These include people like former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, Ex-Chief Minister of...

4 Dec 2021 12:19 pm
Versatile Newspaper

Can you please hand over some old newspapers to me? Mom asked. (I added please to the sentence to please myself). She was on a cleaning spree. What do you need them for? I asked....

4 Dec 2021 10:02 am
The home I have missed for two years

One of the fondest memories I have of my late grandfather (dada) is of decades ago when I was in my teens. Each morning even before the sun had ascended fully into the sky and...

4 Dec 2021 9:38 am
Start building a better path ahead

As a child, each of us would have loved to occupy the window seat while traveling by train. Yes, for me, it has always been the best experience to gaze beyond the window bars of...

4 Dec 2021 9:32 am
River chronicles

Rivers have inspired literature down the ages serving as both motif and metaphor of the ebb and flow of human life itselffrom the Great Floodinspired Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest surviving written tale on the...

4 Dec 2021 7:31 am
They need help

Even as the barriers to socialization due to Covid restrictions are being pulled down and the society gets into the new normal with masks in place, social and mental health observers are struggling to figure...

4 Dec 2021 7:27 am
Ezhuthachans debt to Marakkar

March 16, 1600 was a tragic moment in the history of Kerala as the day marked the surrender of Muhammed Marakar, the Kunjali Marakkar IV, who was later sent to the gallows in Goa by...

4 Dec 2021 7:25 am
Indias finest hour: 1971 liberation of Bangladesh saw Indira Gandhi and the military perfectly timing the intervention

Pakistan ascribes its break-up and the creation of Bangladesh to India. This was not all. Bangladesh was the product of the ineptitude of Pakistans military establishment, the selfishness of West Pakistans political elite, the liberation...

4 Dec 2021 2:25 am
Third dose moment: Supplies, funds, infra for boosters plentiful. Why delay?

The Insacog consortium conducting genomic sequencing has recommended a booster dose for those over 40, first targeting high-risk and high-exposure individuals, to bolster neutralising antibodies against Omicron. GoI must heed this advice. Because theres no...

4 Dec 2021 2:20 am
Lesson from US: Abortion wars in America show fragility of freedoms

Six out of nine members of the US Supreme Court seem ready to discard Roe v Wade, which, nearly 50 years ago, guaranteed womens reproductive freedom. The religious right in the US has made abortion...

4 Dec 2021 2:15 am
Asteroid deflection, fact not fiction: What Nasas DART probe plans for Didymoon

You have seen this in a movie, that a big asteroid is hurtling towards Earth threatening to destroy it, but scientists save the day. In Armageddon Nasa scientists train a team of oil drillers to...

4 Dec 2021 2:10 am
600 days of misery: Why schools must open now No matter the crisis, kids are first to get left out. Shutdowns are leading to a massive learning loss

Its been over 600 days since schools have been closed in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune and other cities we live in. Thats 14,400 hours of wasted learning for this generation of school-going children. And just...

4 Dec 2021 2:05 am
Soil is our real gift to the next generation

By Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev When a UN agency asked me to list the three most important ecological issues of the moment, my answer was, Soil, soil, soil. That holds true today more than ever. The...

4 Dec 2021 2:00 am
How AI-ML are redefining new performance benchmarks in the mobility ecosystem

The application of new-age tech paradigms like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Language is disrupting every industry. Using state-of-the-art AI and ML-powered predictive tools and analysis, tech experts have been able to unravel new frontiers of...

4 Dec 2021 12:48 am
Rise in demand of skilled teachers: The technology revolution has accelerated the need for newer skill sets

Take a moment and reflect on everything you did yesterday. Ok, lets not go into the minute details, but what major things you did yesterday. Right from having food, meeting people, ordering groceries and even...

4 Dec 2021 12:35 am
The need for a shift from on-premise to cloud for hospitals

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digitization around the globe. From being a luxury to necessity, every sector is gearing efforts to instill digitalization to survive in the market. As...

4 Dec 2021 12:20 am
Proper breathing for a stress free healthy life

Did you know that an average human breathes 10-15 times in a minute which is close to 21,600 times per day? We inhale around 500 ml of air in each breath which is around 11,000...

3 Dec 2021 9:31 pm
How tech sector, immigration pathways & low cost of living are attracting record number of students to Atlantic Canada

While Ontario remains the most popular province to study and work in Canada, international students are becoming increasingly aware of opportunities that exist outside of Canadas most populous province. In particular, Canadas Atlantic provinces ...

3 Dec 2021 8:19 pm
Bharat treats Religion as Righteous Conduct, not Belief and Philosophy as Darsan, not philosophizing!

1. Bharat somehow implies rural, undeveloped poor, traditional aspects of what was rather than to what the modern present day progressive, industrialised rich India, is! We think rural people as ignorant because theyve had no...

3 Dec 2021 7:25 pm
Peruvian Delight: How this South American nation is combing history and culture to serve delectable gastronomic treats to Indians

Lets face it, most Indians would not mentally register Peru. This is unlike its South American neighbours Brazil and Argentina which, thanks to their footballing heroes Pele and Maradona and now Neymar and Messi...

3 Dec 2021 6:54 pm
Law for national security: Vital point on rights is sidestepped in the way SCs Pegasus case is framed

Legend has it that the Greek hero Bellerophon rode his winged horse Pegasus in an attempt to reach heaven. In a modern day retelling of the legend, the Supreme Court appears to have used the...

2 Dec 2021 2:30 am
Help Africa, world: Vaccine inequity is irrational. West, China, India can easily supply plenty of jabs

Global costs of leaving Africa to fend for itself despite plentiful vaccine supply are adding up as the Omicron variant reverses the recovery in air travel. Rich nations and top vaccine producers like India will...

2 Dec 2021 2:20 am
Going here & there: BJP and TMC, in different ways, are trying to take the inorganic route to growth

It takes work over generations for a political party to establish a potent pan-India footprint. The erstwhile Congress had such a footprint. However, it was a sui generis party, a product of historical circumstances. BJP...

2 Dec 2021 2:15 am
A morality tale starring MSP and you: See how one inefficiency creates a cascade of inefficiencies and who picks up the tab

GoI has asked farmers unions to join a proposed committee that will deliberate on minimum support prices (MSP) for crops. This is a good context to ask some really hard questions on MSP. Does the...

2 Dec 2021 2:10 am