Are we prepared for the big bang migration?

Editorial One You would never fail to notice the excitement in the eyes of those (especially statisticians, immigration officials and the Party in power) when they exclaim (with pride or prejudice), “We are increasingly becoming multicultural and New Zealand is the most tolerant society in the world and welcomes foreigners with open arms.” Rhetoric and propaganda apart, one question that…

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Indian democracy under stress

N V R Swami –  Something went awry somewhere along the political contours in India to trigger a massive disruption of proceedings in Parliament and prompt Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to remind legislators to observe decorum. Mr Mukherjee did not mince words in his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day anniversary when he briefly touched, though…

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The dark side of social media worsens

Editorial One The government has done well to tighten the law making cyberbullying a culpable offence, providing for punitive measures that would include a prison term and a hefty fine. Parliament approved the ‘Harmful Digital Communications Bill’ on June 30, 2015 which makes cyberbullying a criminal offence. While the case of Roast Busters is widely believed to be the proximate…

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The President never dies

Editorial Two We met him four years after he retired as the 11th President of India. In the Delhi Summer of 2011, he exuded greater warmth than the burning Sun. In his characteristic humility, he greeted the editor of this newspaper and asked in Tamil, “You could have brought your cold weather here.” We replied in good humour, “It is…

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