• Sat, Feb 24, 2018
  • Actor Kamal Haasan’s eleventh role

    Updated: Feb, 22, 201806:30 AM

    The murky political arena may be far from the euphoria of a ‘First Day, First Show’ spectacle. But Kamal Haasan’s opening scene at Madurai betrays a level of electoral perspicacity.
    Actor Kamal Haasan’s eleventh role
    Stealing a march over his film contemporary - Rajinikanth, in seeking to fill the political vaccum in Tamil Nadu, the ‘Dasavatharam’ star has begun his eleventh role, as it were, with considerable gusto.By meeting political leaders across the divide – from DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi and DMDK Chief Vijaykanth to even Commmunist leaders, in the run up to the launch of his Makkal Needhi Maiam, Kamal has displayed a measure of humility and a willingness to imbibe a melange of ideas from other party ideologies and practices, reminiscent of Akbar’s Din-Illahi! Strategically sharing the stage with Aam Admi Party Chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal who described him as a ‘real life hero’, the film star hopes to project himself as an anti-corruption crusader, apart from addressing the ‘There Is No Alternative’ or None Of The Above (NOTA)...
  • India’s lost fisherfolk 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...

  • 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.