OpinionsGoa needs an identity conscious and sustainable regional plan
A Regional Plan is a vision for land use realization through land use mapping for ensuring future holistic planning by acknowledging contemporary realities. It has to be a merit oriented document to usher in healthy sustainable development in the State through proper and accurate distinctions of zoning and clear policy definitions. MoreFrom free-thinking to nationalism
There has been no dearth of writers and speakers of calibre among native Goans in colonial times, and quite a few of them certainly excelled in these skills even as compared with the metropolitan elites. Obviously the colonial ambiance made it an uphill task, if not almost impossible, for most of them to gain the recognition they deserved. MoreNo thunderstorms likely this Session
With the monsoon session of the Assembly to begin, one cannot expect many thunderstorms. The Congress, in the garb of Opposition, is in disarray. The long-time and high-profile members of this old and time-honoured party are going berserk. More
Is the “master’s voice” dictating the SIT in the investigations against the Ranes?
The nauseating saga of the attempt of the Special Investigating Team of the Goa police to go after PratapSingh Rane and his son Vishwajeet hook line and sinker, has taken politics to a new low. MoreConsultative selection process needed
The decision of the Union Government of returning the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium to appoint senior lawyer Gopal Subramanium as Judge of the Apex Court, which almost sparked a spat between the judiciary and the executive, has snowballed into a public debate on the process of appointment of judges. MoreIs history about to repeat?
“The (caste) system was working well in ancient times and we do not find any complaint from any quarters against it. It is often misinterpreted as an exploitative social system for retaining economic and social status of certain vested interests of the ruling class”. MoreNirbhaya Centres – many questions, no answers!
The Government of India has just announced the proposal for setting up of Nirbhaya centres and elicited suggestions/comments on the same albeit within a very limited time frame. What does the proposal for setting up these Nirbhaya Centres suggest? It is about setting up one stop crisis centres to be called Nirbhaya Centres and importantly, if the concept note about these centres recognizes the gender based violence is a public health, human rights and development issue and the need to handhold women through the tedious legal processes. As should be the case with any measure, a one stop crisis centre has been felt as a need from the assessment of the needs of women facing gender based violence and keeping in mind the impacts of gender based violence on each woman. MoreChallenges to roles of opposite sex
Male and female parents have traditionally played very different roles, and until recently, the obligations and rights of each were backed by social sanctions. MoreNew hearts for a fresh start
Scientists have always gazed at the human heart in awe and admiration, even as they endeavored to unravel its manifold mysteries. Fascination for this diminutive organ has also been the toast of poets, dreamers and lovers. Innumerable poems and songs have been dedicated to what they thought was the seat as well as the symbol of love. MoreMaharashtra will cease to be a ‘Cong minded state’ after polls
Sharad Pawar once said in an interview that Maharashtra is a “Congress minded state”. He also meant that the Maharashtrian is by temperament a voter of secular ideology and is not very attracted to Hindutva. MoreGoa looks for the ‘Leader of the opposition’ Parrikar of early 2012
Assembly sessions have their place in every state and in many they pass off as events where politicians, the bureaucracy and the media spend days and weeks in close proximity and live a world of bonhomie, attrition and allegation. MoreSecularism and its political culture
Writing in this newspaper a couple of days ago in the context of Pramod Muthalik’s threats to set up base in Goa, and Sudin Dhavalikar’s opinions on pubs, drinking, and short skirts not being compatible with Indian culture, MoreFreedom of expression under threat?
In my last article I had referred to the media as being a powerful weapon that can, at times, compel governments to reverse their improper or wrong decisions, which would have otherwise been adamantly pushed through. MoreMixed signals unsettling
Prime Minister Modi first month in office was quite impressive. Prakash Javedkar frankly stated that his broadcasting Ministry was unnecessary and needed to be wound up, and his pronouncements on Press freedom being essential to democracy and wanting to make Doordarshan akin to BBC as an independent entity were very welcome. MoreReinventing good governance from the middle
With the initiation of the New Economic Policy in the 1990s, global capital in all its avatars began salivating at the prospect of tapping into the promising market that the Indian population represented. More
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