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The Line of Reckoning

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The Line of Reckoning

GUREZ VALLEY, LOC ~ It is pitch dark. The Observation Post (OP) is perched like an eyrie high above the Gurez Valley. Pakistan is a mere stone’s throw and we are watching it hawk-eyed. The wind howls…

Our Right to Information

After she had been missing from Parliamentary proceedings three days in a row, the Congress condescended to let India know that the party President was abroad for a surgery. She was to be operated…

Mr PM, We Have a Problem

Did Prime Minister Manmohan Singh mislead the nation—or was he misled—when he claimed there had been a concurrence of sorts between the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Department of…

Alas, Someone Has to Pick up the Tab

That America’s finances were in bad shape was obvious. That Standard & Poor’s would dare the sacrilege of downgrading US sovereign debt, casting a slight shadow of doubt on its ability to repay,…

A Question of Heritage

Residents of 20 villages in Andhra Pradesh’s Zaheerabad region are fighting a unique struggle to have their region declared a biodiversity heritage site under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002. The…

Indian Onions in Danger

Environment Support Group (ESG), a Bangalore-based NGO fighting against genetically modified food, says biopirates from overseas are having it easy in accessing India’s bio-diversity. After…

Judge Not

With these words—“There is a smear campaign that the RSS was responsible for Gandhi’s assassination just because the assassin was once an RSS worker”— KT Thomas, a retired judge of the Supreme Court…

No Rise? No Planet of the Apes

After years of wrangling over revenue-sharing arrangements, a few Hollywood studios aren’t playing ball with Indian multiplexes anymore. This has meant that movies such as Rise of the Planet of the…

The Congress’ Legal Liability

On 28 September 2010, Kerala Congress leaders Ramesh Chennithala and PT Thomas, travelling from Delhi to Kochi, noticed Abhishek Manu Singhvi on the same aircraft as them. Singhvi is a party…

The Politician You Just Cannot Put into Prison

KOCHI ~ Last month, Open published a story,  ‘The Long Arm of the Lawless’, on Balakrishna Pillai, an ally in the Congress-led UDF government in Kerala who’d been sentenced to one year rigorous…