• Diamond jubilee of VS: Where is the creativity & accountability?

    Who is the custodian of the Vidhana Soudha structure, which is getting whitewashed and cleaned in patches to celebrate the 60th years of its existence? Is it the Public Works Department (PWD) or the Karnataka Legislature Secretariat, which should be celebrating it in case it has to be done for some ...

  • Used and forgotten: The sad fate of Saalumarada Thimmakka

    Bengaluru: When all over the world people are making noise about global warming, countries are signing treaties on environmental issues (with a few countries still having no clue about the importance of nature), one incredible woman from south India quietly toiled away to preserve nature. She showed...

  • Fake news, Northeast, and Rohingyas

    Early this month, a message circulated on social media, particularly on Whatsapp, over a possible attack by Rohingya Muslims in Nagaland. The message said, "The Imam is planning to attack Hebron Camp and Kehoi camp after which it will be easy for them to capture Nagalandโ€ฆโ€ฆaccording to intelligence b...

  • Wanted: Top cops to lead and guide

    ๐“๐ก๐ž g๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ง ๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ when top police officers were p๐ซ๐จ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž and would motivate their juniors ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ž. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž m๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐๐ž ๐š๐ ๐จ. They would ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐๐ž, ๐ž๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ...

  • Priest's death: Bengaluru police should register suo motu case and make arrests

    The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have done a commendable job and recovered the body of Vasudev Bhat, the priest who fell into a rajakaluve (storm-water drain) in Kirloskar Colony, Kurubarahalli, Basaveshwaranagar, almost one km away from his house. According to one eye witn...

  • Tulunadu tales: Arabi Bhuta

    In Tulunadu folklore, it is not just locals and Hindus who turn into deities/bhutas. There are several examples of non-Hindus and people from foreign land turning into bhutas. For example, there are Muslim bhutas such as Ali Bhuta, Babbarya, Mapule Mapulthi, Mapulthi Dhoomavathi, Byaari Bhuta, ...

  • The case of the fully loaded Ambassador

    Looking at this picture I am reminded of a police officer by name BG Halappanavar, who was the Sub-Inspector of Police of Bantwal Police Station in Dakshina Kannada district in the late 70s. He was senior to me by two batches. Bantwal is about 25 kms from Mangaluru on the NH 75 [old NH 48] lead...

  • Santiniketan: In Tagore country

    "Santiniketan looks most beautiful when it rains," said my guide, the Station House Officer (SHO) of the local police station. When he offered to take me around, I was reluctant, but he assured me that as alumni of the place, he knows more about Santiniketan than a tourist guide. I willingly accepte...

  • Death by pothole: Shame old story in Bengaluru

    How does one count potholes or craters on Bengaluru roads, which run for nearly 1,940 kms? Only the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) can answer this question. It can count them so precisely that even a currency counting machine cannot match its skill! After Bengaluru's roads were devas...

  • Tulunadu tales: The story of Malesaavira daiva

    In Tulunadu's folk tales, most deities are basically humans. People who suffered unnatural death, blessings or curses of deities are later transformed and worshipped as deities. Some examples are Koti-Chennaya, Mugerlu, Ali Bhuta, Mukambi Guliga - all of these deities were previously humans. Sa...

  • The proper way to rob a bank

    I am not an economist, so there are things I fail to understand. For example, I am astounded to hear that Indian banks had bad debts of 7.11 lakh crore rupees as of March this year. That is a sum of money I cannot comprehend. My incomprehension increases when I hear that there were also Rs 8.2 lakh ...

  • Recession: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Warren Buffet said that in the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield! This is the case in India today. After almost 1 year of demonetisation and GST implementation, the consensus among economists, businesses and industry is that India is headed for a major econom...