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Why mandatory rural service for doctors is a bad idea

Mandatory rural service for doctors seems to be an idea that is gaining strength in India.  The Union Health Minister has reportedly said that soon, medical students would have to spend a year in rural areas.    Already, students in Telengana and Andhra Pradesh are being asked to work in rural areas for a year –…

Mumbai protests against the gang-rape. Pic courtesy: The New Indian Express

Getting away with rape and murder

It seems one cannot open an Indian newspaper without reading about at least one rape happening somewhere every day.  This time it is a gang rape of a journalist in Mumbai.  The bastion of the last city supposedly safe for women has also fallen.  Mumbai continues to be much safer for women than many other…

Army personnel rescuing pilgrims by a washed off road. Pic courtesy: PTI/ The Hindu

Why are there landslides in Uttarakhand?

This is a very moving survivor’s account of  the flooding at the Kedarnath shrine.  It is hard to imagine the scale of destruction and the suddenness of it, even reading news reports. To actually live through that is horrific beyond words. I keep reading reports about how the Government is not doing its job, evacuating…

A Bharti Walmart store in Amritsar. (Pic courtesy : PTI/ The Hindu)

7 reasons why FDI in retail is good for India

Now that the government has approved FDI in multi-brand retail, it has paved the way for the likes of Walmart and Amazon to set up shop in India. Predictably, there have been protests from shopkeepers and Bharat Bandhs from political parties.  Street vendors are saying the government is ignoring the working class, while others are…

Sabarimala temple (Pic courtesy: Flickr/Vinodhpc)

On the Makara Jyothi hoax in Sabarimala

When temple authorities lie, it is much worse than when ordinary mortals do.  When temple authorities tell big, fat whoppers, you wonder what the world is coming to, and how they think they can get away with it. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has finally admitted to what the more cynical among us have always…

Pic: Sify Movies/ Salman Khan at Star Screen Awards

Praising the Oscars, trashing desi awards

Much is being made in Indian newspapers of A R Rahman’s  two Oscar nominations (Original Score and Original Song).  Nobody has seen “127 hours” or knows anything about the score or the song, but it’s an Oscar nomination!  We will be even more thrilled if he wins in at least one of these categories. All…