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Pushkar Tragedy – A Monumental Failure of the State Govt

GODAVARI Maha Pushkaram started off in the state of Andhra Pradesh on an unimaginable sad note resulting in the loss of precious lives and grievous injuries to many. It is for the first time in the history of Godavari Pushkaralu that such a massive tragedy has taken place. This ghastly incident has severely dented the credibility of the TDP government and remained as the worst nightmare for the people of Rajahmundry.

Are Racial Attacks Not Acts of Terrorism?

IN one of the most gruesome racial attacks that we have heard in recent times, a 21-year old white man had shot dead nine Afro-Americans, who were attending a Bible study at the AME Church in Charleston. This is indeed more horrendous than the bomb attack on the 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, by the KKK (white-supremacist Ku Klux Klan), a tragedy that had galvanised the Civil Rights Movement in the US. In that attack, four girls died and it was termed as a 'terrorist act'.

Delhi Turns into a Battleground For Centre-State Relations

A SERIES of events has turned the capital Delhi into a battleground in recent weeks. First it appeared that a typical power struggle between opposing political forces had broken out. There was open mudslinging between Delhi’s Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), over who has the right to appoint senior bureaucrats and others in sensitive positions.

Fearing the Word

STOP reading. Stop writing. Stop discussing. These are the new three monkeys that our drawing rooms need to be decorated with. Let go off those three monkeys of Gandhi, that old Gujarati. Here we have now a brand-new Gujarati, the 56-inch, decisive, fashion-icon, 'pradhan sevak'. Give way, the dhoti-clad Gandhi, to the monogrammed suit wearing Narendra Damodar Modi.

Response to Modi 'Open' Letter(s)

DEAR prime minister,

Your 'open letter' on the occasion of the first anniversary of your government was duly delivered to me this morning by my newspaper delivery man.  In fact, two different letters in more than two different languages! I can't help but thank you for taking time out from your busy schedule to write not one, but two letters and give a glimpse of your government's achievements and priorities. But the differences in the two letters have left me perplexed.

Erosion of Special Category Status of NE States Unacceptable: Manik Sarkar

TRIPURA Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing the central government's move to virtually abolish the special category status that has traditionally been granted to all the North Eastern states. Sarkar, in his letter dated March 19, said "this dangerous and disastrous move cannot be accepted".

125TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF HO CHI MINH: For Revolutionary Morality

“IMPERIALISM, capitalism and individualism are the main enemies of the people”, said Ho Chi Minh, whose 125th birth anniversary is being observed on this May 19. Uncle Ho, as he was popularly called, led the Vietnamese struggle against the Japanese and French colonialists and the victorious war of resistance against US occupation. He was a revolutionary who continuously mobilised and organised the masses, believing and inculcating in them a deep confidence in their strength, creativity and potential.

April 13: We Know How to See You – A Writer for the Poor Celebrating Eduardo Galeano

“FOUR and half centuries before, (on this day) in that very place (the atrium of the convent of Mani in the Yucatan) another Franciscan brother Diego de Landa, had burned the Maya's books and with them eight centuries of collective memory”. This memory of the Mayan civilisation would have been lost, but for Eduardo Galeano's entry for April 13, in his Children of Days. In our books, a post script should be added for this day – the day Galeano left, leaving us to celebrate his memories.

70th Anniversary of the Victory over Fascism

ON this 9th of May, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War will be observed. The rising of the Red Flag on the Reichstag, a day before in 1945, signaled the end of the war and the decisive defeat of the Nazi, fascist forces. Hitler, who symbolised the evil Nazi-fascists, committed suicide in his bunker on April 30, 1945, with the Red Army only streets away in Berlin. He was unable to digest the reality of his faltering dreams and failed ambitions.

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