Kashmir assembly: Dice loaded in favour of Valley

By Vijay Kranti,

Probably the Jammu and Kashmir assembly in India is the only elected house in the world which keeps 24 of its seats vacant in the name of one of its erstwhile regions that is now disputed territory -- what is known as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK. That is why voters in the state elect only 87 representatives in a house of 111 legislators.

Oman-India gas pipeline a most promising option

By H.S. Ramakrishna,

Natural gas, a very highly consumed commodity in India, is at present supplied from two sources: domestic production and imported liquefied natural gas (LNG). Energy demand and supply projections indicate that by 2021-22, due to rising demand, India will also need to start sourcing natural gas from cross-border pipelines to fill the gap between demand and availability. In such a situation, India will have to examine its options carefully to minimise the cost of imports and consider appropriate sources of natural gas to keep the import bills under check.

A case of moral turpitude, not just criminal

By Veturi Srivatsa,

When the entire Opposition castigated Manmohan Singh for not putting his foot down and stopping the 2G and coal scams, few questioned the basic honesty of the UPA prime minister. Will cricket fans treat Narayanswamy Srinivasan, the sidelined president of the Indian cricket board, in a similar manner, ignoring his failure to prevent the squalid happenings in the 2013 Indian Premier League? A clearer picture will emerge only after the Supreme Court pronounces its final views on Nov 24.


IPR policy and India's competitiveness

By Amit Kapoor,

India's current Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime is at the cusp of a major change. The past year has been quite momentous for India’s IPR regime. It is because one is witnessing a shift in India's policy priorities with respect to broad measures that have been undertaken by the newly-elected government in the sphere of Intellectual Property. It is critical from an investment viewpoint. IP forms the basis of protection for both domestic as well as foreign companies in a developing economy.

Transplanting elephant head on human body! The magic of mythological fiction

By Ram Puniyani,

One of the best parts of childhood for me was to enjoy the mythological tales and become aware of the world where Lord Hanuman could fly, as the emergency herbal treatment is to be delivered to his master’s brother; Laxman. Lord Ram travelling by Pushpak Viman (aero plane), Lord Ganesha being planted with the head of elephant as his human head was chopped off by his father, all this was uncritically digested.

Montreal Protocol: One more 'BerlinWall' fell 25 years back

By Rajendra Shende,

The Montreal Protocol's entry into force gave birth to the freedom from yet another Iron Curtain.

'Wall of Shame!' moaned the Western proponents of freedom to describe 155 km of Berlin Wall that finally came down Nov 9, 1989. The architects of the Wall, however, called it 'anti-fascist protection', built to protect the population of the eastern socialists from fascist elements. The West-East divide was not just physical. It was a philosophically brutal experiment in socio-political theories.

Media coverage regarding AMU library row: Making a wrong mountain of a right molehill?

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,

An innocuous remark by the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vice-chancellor seems to have been used by the local correspondent of a national newspaper as the proverbial bait to lure media attention. But, in the process, the 136-years-old seat of high learning had to suffer the ignominy of defamation.

Dangerous social engineering in Delhi ahead of assembly elections

By M Reyaz,,

What had started from Meerut to Moradabad has come to play out in Delhi neighbourhoods. From Trilokpuri to Bawana to Okhla, a unique and dangerous kind of social engineering is at play. Drum up a riot, no casualty only some people injured but you have the desired impact – communal polarization.

Is Japan in bubble territory again?

By Vatsal Srivastava,

With another round of a massive bond buying program unleashed by the Bank of Japan (BoJ), Nikkei bulls are most likely having the best time of their lives since the late 1980s. It is easy to ride in a sea of liquidity. Although, Currency Corner fears that the BoJ exit from its quantitative easing program will be a more complex scenario than the US Fed’s exit, the current upward bias towards Japan is likely to remain for the coming few quarters at least.


Is Kejriwal drifting away from old friends?

By Alok Singh ,

New Delhi: Is AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal slowly drifting away from his old associates and gravitating towards a new set of aides for advise and consultation in order to project a new image for his two-year-old party? His recent public appearances and press conferences seem to suggest so as some of the key leaders who have been with the party since its inception are no longer seen close to Kejriwal.