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  • A fumbling CM and the blame game

    What does it take to be a good leader? Or what does it take a leader to give good governance? These two questions cannot draw answers if one looks at the performance of the coalition government in Karnataka.The state has a chief minister who keeps whining that he has to occupy the post only for the...

  • Will we allow the 'desi' to survive?

    A group of young women from the small village of Heggodu, Sagara Taluk in Shivamogga district have come together and formed a multipurpose co-operative society called Charaka, that produces naturally dyed cotton handloom garments sold under the brand name 'desi'. They have been fighting the...

  • The train I did not miss!

    This is when I was investigating into the case of a missing train in 1986 in Bangalore city. A local transporter was hired by the M/s. Suri & Nayar [San Engineering] Company to transport the locomotive manufactured by them from their factory at Whitefield to Durgapur in West Bengal. The...

  • Budget drama: Can Kumaraswamy ignore Siddaramaiah?

    Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was not at fault when he raised objections for the grandiose plans of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to present fresh budget proposals for the current fiscal. In the absence of a common minimum programme, why the Chief Minister has rushed to present the budget? If...

  • An unusual punishment

    When I failed in PUC, dad was so angry that he stopped me from going to college. "No more college studies for you, I am putting you into an art school, it is the punishment," he said. The art course was for four long years. Though the punishment was long and harsh, I learnt the art of carving in...

  • Goal! to good health...

    FIFA World Cup is in full swing and all of us are enjoying the endless games scheduled daily. Well, is anyone out there watching the games without eating, munching, snacking and guzzling tonnes of food? It is highly unlikely that any of us are watching these games without stuffing our mouth with...

  • Receiving memento from the one and only super cop

    During the 1970's, right under the present day Richmond Flyover there was a circle called 'Richmond Circle'. The volume of traffic on the roads meeting at the circle was not that heavy compared to the present standards. But still the super cop Mr. B.N.Garudachar, IPS, who was the Commissioner of...

  • Notion of success for toppers

    With the recent announcement of the results of the 12th standard board examination followed by the common entrance test (CET) for admissions to engineering courses, one saw the familiar scenes of electronic media and newspapers flashing the interviews of top ranking students along with that of...

  • Why punish Patil when Siddaramaiah is not made accountable?

    What will the Congress high command do with former minister MB Patil, who is upset over not becoming minister again? Will he be asked to toe the party line or just ignore him for now or entertain his demands? Going by the present developments, it looks the party would make use of his presence...

  • Right-wing groups are becoming country's moral police: Nandita Das

    New Delhi: Democracy is under threat in India with "artists, writers and rationalists" being attacked in some form or the other, says acclaimed actress and filmmaker Nandita Das, who feels conservatives and right-wing groups are increasingly becoming the country's moral police. Be it the debate...

  • Isfahan: The jewel of Iran

    We left Yazd early in the morning and proceeded on the National Highway towards Isfahan. The highway is divided into three lanes each and both the parts of the highway do not lie side by side. It runs through vast expanses of Iranian desert, which is very pleasing to the eye.Naqsh-e-JahanOur...

  • Karnataka shadow on Modi's 4th anniversary

    If Narendra Modi expected Karnataka to be the icing on the cake on the eve of the completion of his four years in office, he must be disappointed. Yet, the setback in the southern state is only one of the several reverses which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered in the recent...