• Wed, Feb 22, 2017
  • Political chaos could lead to clarity soon

    Updated: Feb, 21, 201701:00 PM

    Now that the government headed by Edappadi Palanisamy has proved its majority (in an ugly assembly session convened for this purpose) in the Legislature, nothing can be done in the next six months to...
    Political chaos could lead to clarity soon
    There are three factors responsible for the political chaos of the State in the last fortnight. 1. The absence of a full-time Governor 2. The role of the Speaker. 3. The disconnect between the MLAs and their people. The first factor is the ‘non-availability’ of the Governor. Constitutional head for a state is Governor. During a political crisis such as this a Governor is expected to be in station. The Constitution of India has made him as a link between the Union and the state. The Governor is under an oath not only to defend the Constitution and the law but also to devote himself to the service and well-being of the people of the state. The second part of his oath, namely, to devote himself to the service and wellbeing of the people of the state is no less important than to defend the Constitution. Governors have played a major role in...
  • Willingness to address coastal pressures missing Willingness to address coastal pressures missing
    Updated: Feb, 20, 201707:45 AM

    In the wake of the recent oil spill that devastated Chennai’s coast and the sea, the words of Carl Safina are worth recollecting not just to bemoan the devastation but also to celebrate the richness...

  • TRAI rules, Arasu Cable give satellite business tough times TRAI rules, Arasu Cable give satellite business tough times
    Updated: Feb, 18, 201712:52 PM

    Not long ago, revenues from satellite rights contributed greatly to the extent of 25 – 40 per cent to overall revenues of a Tamil film.

  • End personality driven politics, usher in principled regime End personality driven politics, usher in principled regime
    Updated: Feb, 16, 201709:55 AM

    We live in a society where corruption is the norm and not the exception. We have normalised demand and receipt of bribes in almost all walks of life.

  • Do people have a say in who their MLAs should side with? Do people have a say in who their MLAs should side with?
    Updated: Feb, 14, 201709:15 AM

    The present political impasse has created a situation wherein the people are not in contact with their elected representatives particularly their Assembly MLAs’. There are attempts by people in the...

  • Budget falls short of meeting equitable health for all Budget falls short of meeting equitable health for all
    Updated: Feb, 13, 201709:30 AM

    The core thrusts of this year’s Budget are infrastructure, livelihood, higher education and youth. We welcome the government’s attention on women and youth of the country, particularly the...

  • Excellence in execution is the key to success Excellence in execution is the key to success
    Updated: Feb, 11, 201710:23 AM

    The founder of Infosys Technologies, N.R. Narayana Murthy once said, “Speed, imagination and excellence in execution are three time-invariant and context-invariant attributes of a successful...

  • Bias against women’s biodiversity knowledge needs to go Bias against women’s biodiversity knowledge needs to go
    Updated: Feb, 07, 201709:20 AM

    In the sphere of conservation of biological diversity, women’s knowledge, much like traditional knowledge is not accorded its much deserved importance. Women’s knowledge is treated as being limited to...

  • Yogic practices, lifestyle changes can reduce cancer cases Yogic practices, lifestyle changes can reduce cancer cases
    Updated: Feb, 04, 201709:49 AM

    Cancer is not really an ailment in the standard understanding of what an ailment is. In some way, the cells in our own body are turning against us; it could be stimulated or instigated from outside...

  • Lessons from Jallikattu Uprising Lessons from Jallikattu Uprising
    Updated: Feb, 03, 201710:47 AM

    The jallikattu protests and the subsequent passing of the Bill making way for conducting the bull-embracing sport, has, among many other lessons, taught us that people’s power can be harnessed to make...