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  • Teacher should be a guiding light in complex circumstances

    Two ultimate categories of professionals get true respect forever, one the teacher who sows the seed of knowledge and the other is the doctor who saves life or provides relief. In our tradition, Guru was given an ultimate supremacy even over the goods. The meaning of Guru is 'one who dispels...

  • Who gains when marijuana is legalised?

    Since times immemorial, mankind has been fascinated by certain naturally occurring substances which when consumed gave them a surrealistic feeling. There is archeological evidence to prove the use of Coca and Cannabis leaves as far back as 6000BC.In ancient times, consumption of these leaves, as...

  • Amid Kodagu floods, K'taka govt finds itself in choppy waters

    Squabbles, taunting remarks, frustration, rancor, confusion: these have become the hallmark of the three-month-old coalition government in Karnataka.Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is yet to come out of the persecuted complex, while the Congress party has failed to rein in former chief minister...

  • Building a new Kerala: Window of opportunity for government

    When one of the rulers of Travancore, now a part of the southern Indian state of Kerala, handed over the reins of his territory to Lord Padmanabha, the presiding deity of Thiruvananthapuram, and undertook to take care of it in the Lords name, his idea was that he had assumed even greater...

  • 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...

  • Sway to the tide with sensibility!

    It is an old story – Politics is a dirty game. The hunger for power corrupts and maddens the most sensible. The question however is, are we on the verge to lose our senses too? India can in a way be called the land of the naive – she gives away everything only to be left cheated by her own people....

  • 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...