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The systems in cities are not geared to meet the challenges of increasing population, business activity and rising aspirations. And no road map to a solution is in sight.

 

Handlooms are the one area where India leads the world in skill, creativity and expertise. The Handloom Reservation Act must be strengthened, not repealed

 

Education has been reduced to the level of ‘teaching for testing’. The individual is completely lost. All that is visible are aggregates of a tiny part of the human capability, measured through tools of suspicious reliability

 

Over the past 10 years, we have seen a very corrupt Central government. State governments have not been far behind. The present Union government took over with a promise of “clean administration” and the tone at the Centre has changed in the past few months. The once venal ministries of the capital now look more business-like, efficient and clean. The first major decision in furtherance of the objective was taken recently, when the cabinet approved amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act.

 

The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill 2014 was passed in the Rajya Sabha and is headed to the Lok Sabha. But how much has changed for the community since last year’s landmark judgment?

 
Investigating agencies have tended to interpret the law in a narrow perspective. In turn, this has had an adverse impact on morale in the civilservice. In these circumstances, relief to a civil servant can come only from the court before whom he is arraigned.
 

It is not enough to only foster cognitive intelligence among the youth. A well-structured national policy for development of multiple intelligences is vital for making India a global power.

 

The much debated Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 has caused serious concerns amongst individuals and businesses alike. The Bill has been termed draconian, prejudicial, etc. My reading of it (which is taken from media networks) shows there are serious legal flaws that must be remedied before the Bill is promulgated. While in the modern day, it is essential to have legislation encompassing electronic crimes, what must be kept in mind is the word ‘crime’. Criminal laws are made for simply one thing, i.e., prevention/punishment of crime. The word ‘crime’, legally speaking, will mean whatever the legislature wants it to mean, but when promulgating any law (and in particular criminal laws), parliament must keep in mind the benefit and the safeguarding of its citizens. Unfortunately, as many of our parliamentarians feel that laws don’t apply to them, may perhaps be why they cannot empathise with the citizens’ concerns.

 

Indian cinema recently completed 100 years, during which time it has given us many classics. The one thing common to all of them is the harmony among the various elements of filmmaking such as scriptwriting, direction, acting, music and lyrics. The legacy of these classics is one which immortalises this harmony, a direct result of the devotion that every crew-member brought along to create magic through celluloid.

 

On April 24, the Rajya Sabha passed a private member’s bill which provides a comprehensive rights framework for transgender persons. This is a victory of staggering magnitude — not only was it voted in unanimously, it is also the first time in 46 years that a private member’s bill has been passed. The bill articulates a range of substantive rights for the community. Negative rights such as protection from torture and abuse are placed alongside positive obligations of the state, through the recognition of the rights to education and healthcare.

 


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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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