Late last year, Karnataka’s celebration of Tipu Jayanti (the birthday of Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1783 to 1799) was widely protested by Sangh Parivar activists. In the course of an altercation, one VHP activist was killed. The controversy over Tipu Sultan is not simply a pet cause for Hindu nationalists: Kodavas were subject to ethnic cleansing by Tipu in the 18th century and have conveyed their anger and hurt, as have Christian communities in areas subject to forced conversions and killings. The willingness of politicians and historians to venerate such figures sends a very ambiguous message to members of communities – whether Kodava, Christian, Sikh, Muslim, or Hindu – who were victim to their acts. What is the best way to overcome the feelings of grievance that these figures inspire?
Almost everybody who has fallen sick and accessed health care in India in recent times has similar stories to share. Overreach in the medical profession has become rampant, like a gnawing itch one learns to live with.
By setting fire to the land, all unwanted plants and shrubs are removed in a quick, easy and cheap manner. Some even say that the fire returns nutrients to the land.
The United Nations is the foremost international organization with 193 member countries in its fold. The UN is funded by its member countries and the contribution of each member country is determined based on an assessment done every three years. The assessment takes into account the GNP, per capita income & external debt of countries for fixing the quantum of contribution. The USA contributes the most to the UN regular budget with 22% while India contributes the 25th highest with 0.666%.
The UIDAI spent a total of 142 crore till date on publicity to promote Aadhaar enrollments. The UIDAI also spent 7.82 crore rupees following the Supreme Court directions to publicize that obtaining Aadhaar is not mandatory. But the advertisements issued by UIDAI actually promote Aadhaar in the guise of publicizing that obtaining Aadhaar is voluntary.
India has for long been a breeding ground for mosquitoes and mosquito-carried diseases, and so authorities should be on the alert for a possible Zika virus invasion in the near future. A mosquito. Credit: turkletom/Flickr, CC BY 2.0
The government’s demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes is a contentious issue, but is understandable. Such schemes may have not worked in the past, but a political commitment had to be honoured. The question is not whether the government...
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