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Treat 'em traditionally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pitch for affordable and accessible healthcare through the system of ayurveda to usher in an ‘ayurveda revolution’ makes eminent sense especially because of the magnitude of healthcare challenges in the country and the inadequacy of allopathy to meet those adequately. There can be little doubt that the corporate sector needs to invest substantially in boosting ayurveda. The need for more extensive research into ayurvedic practices and

Controversial & contentious

The manner in which the Taj Mahal controversy has been raked up first by its shocking exclusion from the UP tourism department’s list of famous monuments and then by a firebrand BJP legislator Sangeet Som calling it ‘a blot’ on Indian culture and history smacks of the BJP’s tendency to hit self-goals. Needlessly, a new controversy has been fuelled with the Opposition and the sensationalist media vying with one another

Poll predicaments

Simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assemblies are beginning to appear a distinct possibility. Recently, the Chief Election Commissioner stated that the Commission would be logistically equipped to hold simultaneous polls by the middle of next year, in September 2018 to be precise. This was in a response to a specific question from the Centre on the Commission’s preparedness for polls in tandem. The EC response

US and them

The US has been flexing its muscles with Pakistan of late, essentially to pressurise Islamabad to deal strongly with the Haqqani network which it sees as a terror threat to the Americans. The impression in India that the Trump administration would force the Pakistanis to close down terror training camps and to put a lid on infiltration of terrorists into India through Kashmir seems utterly overdrawn. The recent visit of

Slow-paced justice

In May 2008, 14-year-old Aarushi, the only child of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, is found murdered at their home in Noida. Since their domestic help Hemraj is found to be missing, the finger of suspicion is pointed at him. The case comes under media glare as his slain body is found on the terrace the next day. It shows shoddy investigation: the absence of a thorough check of the spot

Of life & death

Though the Centre had advocated for passive euthanasia before the five-judge Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court, it had not supported granting of permission to make a ‘living will’, apprehending the misuse of it. It is interesting that an awakened judiciary in India, spurred by the vexing case of Aruna Shanbaug, has poked the otherwise cold legislators and an indifferent Union government to face the issue of euthanasia. The immediate

It’s indeed rape

The Supreme Court’s order declaring sex with minor wife aged between 15 and 18 years as a criminal act empowers the girl child who is forced into child marriage to resist being exploited for sex. The court said that immunity cannot be granted to a husband who is having sexual intercourse with his wife in this age group. Clearly, the order is a progressive step that deserves to be commended.

Varsity troubles

Universities are passing through a difficult fiscal situation as the government grants are inadequate to meet the growing expenditure. As these universities largely cater to the rural and the urban middle class, they cannot charge exorbitant fees from students. Besides, any fee revision would create political furore as these universities are in public stream. The corporate sector is not forthcoming to fund the varsities through liberal grants or philanthropic support,

Catalonian cut

The risk of destabilisation in Europe is looming large with the Catalonia region of Spain in the north-eastern part of the country voting for secession in a referendum which the central leadership in the country is refusing to accept. Catalan leaders have threatened to declare independence unilaterally and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to stop them. The tourist-friendly region which comprises Barcelona has 7.5 million population and accounts

Needed tweaks

It is reassuring that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has reacted positively to the outcry of small businesses, exporters and consumers over the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) by tweaking rules to make life simpler for them. There is indeed a conscious attempt to reduce their compliance burdens and to cut rates on a range of products to mollify critics and consumers alike. The 27 items on which

Welcome openness

It is heartening that the Supreme Court has finally opened up its doors to greater transparency in matters of judicial appointments, a demand that it had been resisting in the past. In what is a momentous decision, the apex court Collegium, comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and four other senior judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — has resolved to make