Future of 'Mahagathbandhan' and emerging trajectories of 2019 polls (Comment: Political Calculus)(11:38) By Jayanta Ghosal Indian politics is always moving along new, emerging trajectories. After 20 years of the Congress dominating electoral politics, it was perhaps in 1967 that for the first time the party faced a setback. In 1977, there was another strong anti-Congress mood prevailing in the country following the Emergency. But then, Indira Gandhi once again returned to power with a solid majority, partly due to the Morari-Charan Singh coalition experiment flopping.
The era of film processing labs (Comment: B Town)(10:40) By Vinod Mirani Film processing lab. That was the heart and soul of filmmaking not too long ago. You shot a film, sent the negatives to the lab and they processed and printed the film positives for you. It took days to watch the outcome of your efforts. Today, you shoot a scene and are immediately able to see what you have shot. In fact, you are even able to watch on a small monitor attached to the camera what you are shooting or thereafter as it is all played back on your smart phone, digital camera or your monitor! Not so in those days.
The Kohinoor of Indian cricket (Comment: Close-In)(10:28) By Yajurvindra Singh The Kohinoor, the famous Indian diamond in Persian means, the 'Mountain of Light'. Presently, it is set in the crown of Queen Elizabeth and exhibited in the Tower of London. India has been vociferously asking for it to be returned, unfortunately, without much success. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the Kohinoor of Indian and World cricket and truly a mountain of light for any young aspiring cricketer.
Democracy on test (Comment: Spy's Eye)(10:08) By D.C. Pathak India has over the decades emerged as a leading light in the democratic world on two counts - the masses here have proven their ability to oust well entrenched regimes from power and have demonstrated their wisdom in opting for clean governance, assurance of development and national stability and security. And this has happened in spite of that typically Indian social phenomenon of caste and creed affinities ruling the political turf.
Thanks to Ardern, New Zealand today soothes the soul (Comment)(12:08) By Saeed Naqvi Those who have rushed to psychoanalyze 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant for the outrage in Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques killing 50 people, are concealing the reality, possibly without their knowing it. This line of inquiry will not explain why Christchurch or Pulwama, Utrecht and now Birmingham happened.
What'll happen if BJP can't get a majority of its own (Column: Political Circus)(11:28) By Amulya Ganguli Although it is now almost certain that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) - the group of parties led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - will attain a majority in the Lok Sabha in the forthcoming general elections, the question will nevertheless arise whether Narendra Modi will be the Prime Minister since the BJP itself is expected to fall short of a majority of its own.
Women play leading role in Sikkim's developmental success (Comment)(12:50) By Poonam Muttreja Everyone knows that Sikkim is a small extraordinarily picturesque mountainous state tucked away in the Himalayas in the northeast of India. That indeed it is. Even today, there are only around 650,000 people living in the state. However, much less known about Sikkim to the rest of India - and also the world - is the exceptionally steady and silent progress in improving the lives of ordinary people that the state has recorded over the past two decades.
Pakistan: It is more of the same (Column: Spy's Eye)(20:36) By D.C. Pathak The street smart tactics of the Pakistan army -- played out by Prime Minister Imran Khan at its behest -- to some how diffuse the overwhelming pressure of international opinion blaming it for collusion with Islamic militants, are not doing much for it this time.
Lost a battle, hope not the war (Column: Close-in)(19:52) By Yajurvindra Singh India, with a 2-0 lead against Australia in the five-match One Day International (ODI) rubber at home, looked certain to clinch another series. But the final result of a 2-3 defeat did come as a rude shock to the Indian camp.
The return of the Brahmin? (Comment)(12:49) By Saeed Naqvi In 1996 my book "The Last Brahmin Prime Minister" was on the stands. The title was so controversial that friends like Dilip Padgaonkar stopped talking to me - but only for a short while. He was too dear a friend.
Biotechnology can be Indian economy's next success story (Column: Active Voice)(12:30) By Amit Kapoor Over the last two-to-three decades, the major success story of the Indian economy has been the stellar growth of its IT industry. But as the dividends from the sector reach the eventual inflection point, India needs to build similar competencies in other industries to ensure sustained growth and prosperity.
InvITs & REITS: Moves in the right direction (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(12:14) By Taponeel Mukherjee The recent news regarding the Embassy Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) listing and the possible listing by Reliance of its fibre assets through an Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) bring our attention to an important topic. Additionally, issues around participants in capital markets adopting sophisticated strategies to utilise capital for optimal projects and partnering with capital providers are worth analysing.
Ten weeks and five hits: Content matters (Column: B-Town)(10:10) By Vinod Mirani The superstars have been failing on a regular basis to deliver notwithstanding their Eid, Diwali, Christmas and other festival release dates not to mention 4000+ screens and enhanced ticket rates! Anything goes in the name of stunts and the special effects will do the job is not working anymore! So, now is the time to turn to content oriented films. When a maker has solid content, a superstar is not needed. Of the reigning but 50+ superstars, only Aamir Khan seems to have realized this fact! Or, so his film Dangal and his portrayal of a determined Haryanvi father, wanting to turn his daughters into world class wrestling champs, has proved!
TRS ahead of rivals as campaigning picking up in Telangana(15:20) By Mohammed Shafeeq Hyderabad, March 10 (IANS) Fresh from its landslide victory in the December 2018 Assembly elections, a confident Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is ahead of its rivals as the campaigning is picking up for the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Markets likely to continue to gain ground in coming week (IANS Insight-Market Watch)(14:28) By Arun Kejriwal Markets had a good showing last week and continued their gains from the previous week. The Midcap and Smallcap segment outperformed the benchmark indices on expected lines. BSE SENSEX was up 607.62 points or 1.68 per cent to close at 36,671.43 points. NIFTY gained 171.90 points or 1.58 per cent to close at 11,035.40 points. BSE Midcap gained 2.08 per cent and BSE Smallcap was up 3.91 per cent. This positive movement in the smaller stocks has brought smiles on the faces of many investors after a very long time.
DIEning TABLES (Column: Food Funda)(14:14) By Aditti Ahluwalia I have grown up in a typical Punjabi household. The place was Patiala. During the peak of any season, our oddly planned, 50's built house would be such a cacophony... the din
Money is the magnet: Big screen barons join the OTT bandwagon (Column: B Town)(13:16) By Vinod Mirani From being skeptical about every other form of entertainment available in town and considering it as an opposition, taking crowds away from a cinema hall, the film industry has now embraced all that goes in the name of entertainment. There were times when the arrival of a circus or a Ram Leela in a town were considered as major opposition to films playing in cinemas.
Kohli and his merry band of men all ready for the World Cup 2019 (Column: Close-in)(13:02) By Yajurvindra Singh The selection of the Kohli-led merry band of men for the most prestigious cricket tournament, the World Cup 2019, has never been so intensely discussed before. India seems to be the red hot favourites to lift the cup and so for the millions of fans, the sparkle of another World Cup victory seems eminently possible. This has, therefore, excited the brain cells of most Indian cricket followers.