Editorial

Work worthy of wages
Editorial

Work worthy of wages

July 6, 2018

Public image of the working style of administration in government as well as civil service bureaucracy, being what it is, doesn’t need elaboration, particularly in the backdrop of the continually rising headcount and related cost, read outgo on salaries attached to these. British author Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993), famously known for advancing Parkinson’s Law namely,…

Last chance, lost cause
Editorial

Last chance, lost cause

July 5, 2018

Family, the unit of society, used to be defined and described by teachers in primary schools as comprising children, their parents, grand-parents, uncles, aunts and even cousins which is bound to make their pupils sit up and wonder what the teachers are talking about. Presence of 20 or more members of a typical family under…

Dilemma of development
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Dilemma of development

July 4, 2018

The air in the land is dense with whoever counts in whichever Cabinet of Ministers, both Central and States, including Karnataka, issuing statements, for public consumption as it were, that their priority is development, an intention that merits unqualified admiration. India’s economy is inching towards earning a place in the ranks of developed countries, after…

Committing to memory without comprehension
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Committing to memory without comprehension

July 3, 2018

Translating the Sanskrit word vidya to education has its origins in the manner of most people, particularly the lay masses, considering schooling and education are synonymous in meaning. Further, drawing from the land’s ancient texts (in Sanskrit), scholars have perceived vidya as the field of learning in a virtual infinite horizon. The common perception of…

Enlarging expansion
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Enlarging expansion

July 2, 2018

The two-word caption of today’s column may need a footnote at the outset. Even as the intended meaning of the words may become clear in the lines to follow, the first word is about the rate at which the country’s headcount is increasing from a given year to the next and the second is about…

Dowry with a difference
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Dowry with a difference

June 30, 2018

Narratives in the land’s epics as well as history featuring the event of man-woman coming together in wedlock are fascinating to read. The system of swayamvara (the bride-to-be at full liberty in choosing her man from among a number of aspiring men) included the practice of stipulating a select set of qualifications for the men…

To eat or not to eat
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To eat or not to eat

June 29, 2018

The question To be or Not To Be? figuring in the play Hamlet, attributed to William Shakespeare (1564-1616), may have been answered by the character in the play. Asking the question “To Eat or Not to Eat” in a similar vein is generally answered in favour of eating (the attractive dish) by people at large…

Woman in man’s world
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Woman in man’s world

June 28, 2018

Many may remark that it is sheer sarcasm to say that India’s macho image or masculinity is mirrored by the frequently published finding by the country’s demographers namely, the number of females per 1000 males in the land is steadily going down, given the current figure of 950 or thereabouts. Further, the males of the…

The sick in society
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The sick in society

June 27, 2018

One is at a loss to take the occasionally published fact that India is the world’s second most populous country as complimenting its steadily expanding masses or otherwise. Further, the frequently flashed news that India’s share in the global disease burden of many afflictions such as Malaria, Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Cancer of mouth and others surpasses…

Caring for country’s cows
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Caring for country’s cows

June 26, 2018

Even the humble cow got entangled for sometime recently in the web of inter-political-party wrangling with a not-entirely-hidden agenda of mutually belittling themselves before the land’s masses. The main issue that got clouded in the process, namely the two clearly contrasting practices of one section in the population worshipping the domesticated species and the other…

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