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Heart Troubles
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Heart Troubles

November 27, 2021

Puneeth Rajkumar’s untimely death due to a heart attack on October 29 was a shocker because of his age, just 46 years old and superior fitness. Now, his death due to a heart attack has got my heart racing with anxiety and Madhuri Dixit has ensnared my mind. Why? Because when my father had a…

Stoned Age?
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Stoned Age?

October 23, 2021

Since actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death we all have learnt a great deal about ‘ganja.’ We learnt that globally it’s known as ‘marijuana.’ We learnt that it was a Spanish word. We learnt that in Spanish ‘J’  is pronounced as ‘H’. We also learnt that the news of ganja makes our TV anchors hyperventilate, which…

Outsiders are coming
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Outsiders are coming

September 4, 2021

[Migrants to Mysore] The recent incident of gang rape and armed robbery has triggered a new topic of conversation in Mysuru, a conversation that was for the most part limited to Bengaluru — the “outsider” problem. On hearing the news about rape and armed robbery, many Mysureans said it could not have been committed by…

Policing Limitations
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Policing Limitations

August 28, 2021

This week has been a tumultuous one for a docile city like ours. Within a week we witnessed two terrible crimes — an armed robbery which left an innocent shopper dead and the gang rape of a young woman at the foot of Chamundi Hill.  Most Mysureans were asking, “How could this happen in our…

Want Olympic Gold ? Then Fund sports
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Want Olympic Gold ? Then Fund sports

August 7, 2021

Interest in sports, other than cricket, is a seasonal affair in our country. Now that the Olympic Games are here, there is patriotism-driven interest rather than love for a sport. But that’s ok, for we as a nation are slowly but surely heading towards being a sporty one. In the last few years, a certain…

Ropeway needed ?
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Ropeway needed ?

July 24, 2021

A few days ago Minister for Tourism, Environment and Ecology C.P. Yogeeshwar directed the Department officials to draw a plan of action for the Chamundi Hill ropeway project.  And with that the scarring of Chamundi Hill begins, again. In 2019, there was a landslide on Chamundi Hill. About 50 ft. of road connecting the Nandi…

Old Laws and Congress Party
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Old Laws and Congress Party

July 17, 2021

Two days ago, the Supreme Court heard a plea challenging the Constitutionality of the Sedition Law (IPC Section 124A). It was a proud moment for us as Mysureans because the challenge came from Major General S.G. Vombatkere (retd.), a resident of Mysuru. While hearing the plea, Chief Justice of India, Justice N.V. Ramana, asked Attorney…

Political Leadership and State’s Prosperity
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Political Leadership and State’s Prosperity

July 10, 2021

On July 9, Kitex Garments, the second-largest children’s apparel manufacturer in the world, announced that the company would invest an initial Rs. 1,000 crore in Warangal, Telangana. How this investment came about has lessons for many States and its Ministers. Initially, this was a Rs. 3,500-crore project, which was supposed to come up in Kerala…

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