• Mon, Feb 19, 2018
  • India’s lost fisherfolk

    Updated: Jan, 21, 201807:00 AM

    The widespread devastation by cyclone Ockhi, the biggest victims of which were members of the fishermen community, is a rude wakeup call to strengthen the nation’s disaster-management system, the...
    India’s lost fisherfolk
    Last month, a devastating cyclone swept the southern tip of India, causing immense damage to parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep. Most victims of the oddly named cyclone Ockhi were fishermen from the districts of Thiruvananthapuram (in Kerala) and Kanyakumari (in Tamil Nadu), who, owing to the lack of a timely cyclone alert, had ventured out to sea, unaware of the danger. Their tragedy highlights the extreme vulnerability of India’s poor coastal communities to the vagaries of nature. So far, Ockhi is known to have taken 245 lives, with 661 still missing, many of whom were lost at sea and are unlikely ever to be found. Moreover, nearly 3,500 homes were damaged in Kerala alone, with 221 completely destroyed. The storm was so powerful that its winds even shook parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat. For me, Ockhi was no distant headline....
  • Time to be vigilant and keep out political interference Time to be vigilant and keep out political interference
    Updated: Jan, 13, 201805:45 AM

    The press conference, followed by a handout issued by Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madhan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, the four seniormost Judges of the Supreme Court is unprecedented in the...

  • India’s culture war comes to Bollywood India’s culture war comes to Bollywood
    Updated: Jan, 07, 201807:45 AM

    Culture and history have become new battlegrounds in India. Debates over the Taj Mahal’s position as a symbol of multicultural India have yet to be settled, yet the nation is already being torn apart...

  • Police and judiciary should not be swayed by public opinion Police and judiciary should not be swayed by public opinion
    Updated: Nov, 25, 201707:00 AM

    However brutal a crime is, it does not permit the state to indulge in hasty, brutal actions in the name of crime investigation and ‘justice for the victim’ to appease the critics.

  • Governor should remain advisor, not an administrator Governor should remain advisor, not an administrator
    Updated: Nov, 20, 201706:30 AM

    The role of the Governor is spelt out clearly in the Constitution. He can hold the government responsible by not giving his assent to a bill or by withholding a bill.

  • Spruce up George Town, make it a
tourist’s delight like its namesake in US Spruce up George Town, make it a tourist’s delight like its namesake in US
    Updated: Nov, 16, 201708:00 AM

    The interesting names of some of the streets of George Town reflect the cosmopolitan character of the area and the varied businesses that thrive here.

  • Is the government bent upon disobeying court orders? Is the government bent upon disobeying court orders?
    Updated: Nov, 15, 201707:15 AM

    The recent summoning of the Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan by the High Court which expressed its displeasure on the enormous number of pending contempt petitions in the High Court and also the...

  • Depth of knowledge is needed for better jobs Depth of knowledge is needed for better jobs
    Updated: Nov, 13, 201707:30 AM

    A system that offers inexpensive skills and competencies training, flexible in terms of timing, and technology enabled, may be the only way.

  • Make banking more pro-poor, end usury menace Make banking more pro-poor, end usury menace
    Updated: Nov, 07, 201708:00 AM

    Money lending has become a lucrative business in Tamil Nadu.

  • Flood proofing solution for Chennai need of the hour Flood proofing solution for Chennai need of the hour
    Updated: Nov, 06, 201710:32 AM

    Every year, the monsoon sets in, Chennai experiences a déjà vu of climate related, human-exacerbated disaster. There is widespread panic, combined with multiple versions of facts, as also strong...