Latest News - Deccan Chronicle en Don’t belittle democracy It is disheartening how partisanship reduces political leaders at the hustings. Minor functionaries are always likely to fly off the handle and say something out of kilter with the model code of conduct that strives to bring a modicum of control over our noisy general elections. But when senior commentary DC-Comment elections 2014 Election Commission TO DO Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:45:24 +0530 TODO Avoid politics in picking Army Chief Top international companies announce successors to outgoing chiefs six months or even a year in advance. The time affords the organisation to settle down with the newly named head. This quells pulls and pressures which can arise if uncertainty prevails till the end. In India, however, we have in commentary DC-Comment V K Singh General Bikaram Singh TO DO Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:27:34 +0530 TODO His words will live on In an age where the written word was the monarch of all who surveyed it, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a magnet like few others. He was an author who had to be read for the sheer pleasure of reading, no locale too remote, beach or mountains, for flipping his novels’ compulsive pages. The term “ commentary DC-Comment Gabriel Garcia Marquez TO DO Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:47:21 +0530 TODO CAG & India Inc: Time to set norms With the Supreme Court ruling that the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India could audit the accounts of private telecom companies, it’s time for the government to take the matter seriously. This is a serious economic issue as it concerns how the country’s natural resources and wealth are used commentary DC-Comment CAG TO DO Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:39:15 +0530 TODO A regrettable refusal The stance of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, who is now pushing hard to emerge as the country’s Prime Minister, of stubbornly refusing to accept moral responsibility for the 2002 pogrom in his state through the simple expedient of a public apology, appears to be part of a well-calibrated strategy. For commentary DC-Comment Narendra Modi TO DO Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:02:02 +0530 TODO BCCI’s last chance to do the right thing The Supreme Court’s latest admonishment in the IPL spot and match-fixing/betting scandals should prod the cricket board into belated action, in thoroughly probing allegations against a dozen players and president-in-exile N. Srinivasan. Having spent over a year dilly-dallying, besides stage- commentary DC-Comment BCCI TO DO Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:51:41 +0530 TODO Parakh’s book is fair, instructive The book by former coal secretary P.C. Parakh, which was released on Monday and casts light on what came to be known as “Coalgate” in the Manmohan Singh years, appears from reported accounts to be intrinsically different from the deliberately racy output with a slant of a former media adviser to Manmohan Singh Sanjaya Baru P C Parekh nation TO DO Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:30:55 +0530 TODO A progressive judgement The SC’s groundbreaking judgement classifying transgenders as the “third gender” is emblematic of the concerns the top court has increasingly shown towards human rights. For years, they heard the derogative term “hijras” and bore a social stigma. They suffered untold indignities, particularly of a nation Current affairs Eunuchs third gender Supreme Court ruling TO DO Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:24:40 +0530 TODO Only Gulzar The Dadasehab Phalke award for excellence in cinema and contribution to the arts has found a most deserving recipient this time in 79-year-old Gulzar. The award has often run into criticism for being either too early or sometimes too late in its recognition of artistic contribution to cinema. But commentary DC-Comment Gulzar TO DO Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:07:35 +0530 TODO Hate speeches: EC ban totally justified There is no place for hate-mongering when it comes to politicians going to the hustings in India. Politicians of opposing parties may not be able to stand each other at a personal level, but the least they are expected to do while canvassing for votes is not to stoke communal and religious commentary DC-Comment elections 2014 Election Commission TO DO Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:13:15 +0530 TODO Timing of Baru book is curious The relationship between the Congress president and the Prime Minister (in the good old days when only the Congress produced PMs) was loaded in favour of the latter. Just consider the political heavyweights who were PM and the reason becomes clear. This has also been true of the oldest democracy, elections2014 Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sanjaya Baru Atal Bihari Vajpayee TO DO Sun, 13 Apr 2014 03:34:30 +0530 TODO Modi’s right to privacy Critics of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi are expected to analyse and criticise his policies, politics and ideology, and bare these for the electorate to see and judge. But getting after    Mr Modi’s marital status, as the Congress has done — with the CPM also taking a swipe from elections2014 DC Comment BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi Jashodaben TO DO Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:11:19 +0530 TODO Mulayam Singh Yadav’s views unfit for civilised folks Samajwadi boss Mulayam Singh Yadav’s outrageous comments on rape on Thursday are beyond the pale of civilised society. His insensitivity at a time when most of India is up in arms over heinous crimes against women, particularly the despicable act of rape, reflects a cynical disdain for society’s elections2014 DC Comment Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav anti rape law TO DO Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:00:37 +0530 TODO Global scaremongering The question being asked by sceptics of global warming is whether the reports of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are too alarmist and based on very little scientific evidence. Only the future can tell whether these computer projections are real, but to cynics it is clear that IPCC commentary DC-Comment UN TO DO Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:43:36 +0530 TODO An upswing in voter turnout In the 91 Lok Sabha seats that went to the polls on Thursday out of a total of 543, the percentage of voting did not appear too exciting as reports came in, and in no way out of the ordinary, but there did appear an upswing toward the end. In the national capital, the time for the vote was commentary DC-Comment elections2014 TO DO Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:29:39 +0530 TODO