11 results for 'M H Ahssan'
Sushma Swaraj’s tweet pointing fingers at Uttrakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna’s efficiency or lack of it in rising to the occasion may have sparked off a heated exchange between the Congress and the BJP, first on the Twitter and then through verbal bites, but there are many in the ruling party who share the feelings of the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha.
The fact that the Congress Central leadership had to rush its seasoned general secretary Ambika Soni and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh to Dehradun apparently to aid and advise the chief minister, announce some additional... (more)
Deep in the gorge that it carves through the Himalayas, the Alaknanda River rushed beneath a footbridge. On the right bank sat a busy Indian village, Govindghat, its one street lined with spartan hotels and shops brimming with Sikh religious items and souvenirs. On the left bank, a man wearing a frayed sweater-vest and a ski cap greeted me imploringly.
“Horse?” he asked, hoping I would hire his mules to haul me and my pack up the path to Ghangaria, an isolated mountain hamlet in Uttarakhand state. Ghangaria is the base for visiting the legendary Valley of Flowers National Park — where... (more)
As a neurologist trying to diagnose Alzheimer’s, amongst the shortcuts one uses are tests for short term memory. One gives a patient unrelated few phrases to remember, like three red roses, one white envelope, 1700 Sansom Street. One repeats this once again, asking the patient to repeat and remember it and then distracts the patient with irrelevant small talk for a few minutes. Then the demand is made for the patient to repeat the series in correct order without prompting or hints.
Alzheimer’s patients in the early phase fail to repeat correctly. It is not that memory is the sine qua... (more)
A recent op-ed in the Times of India, "No More Chasing Shadows" (9 September), has the head of 'a group on C4ISRT (Command, Control, Communications and Computers Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaisance and Targeting) in South Asia' casting the net of prospective terrorists wider, but not wide enough to possibly net the likely suspects.
He considers the public stereotype of the terrorist as a 'desperately poor, illiterate, uneducated, rural-based or ghetto-based, religious fanatic, a single young man in his late teens or early twenties' as inadequate. 'Madrassa students from poor families'... (more)
The presidential term of President Pratibha Patil is due to expire in July 2012 and speculation seems to have already commenced in the power circles of New Delhi about her successor. The July 2012 Presidential Elections are crucial for the Congress Party as whoever is elected as President would be overseeing the 2014 General Elections which promise to be hotly contested and with the Congress Party at a disadvantage with Indian public opinion in the manner its Government handled the social activists movements of Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev on issues of corruption. The next President is likely... (more)
World population is to hit seven billion any moment, says the UN. The prospect of a crowded planet putting further pressure on the earth’s thinly stretched resources raises a question. Should we celebrate or fret about the seven billion mark? According to the UN Population Fund, let’s do a bit of both. Population increase brings with it environment, livelihood and life quality concerns, and their attendant policy challenges. On the positive side, people in many parts of the globe are living longer, healthier lives. Average life expectancy has increased from about 48 years to about 68. Couples... (more)
India’s inaugural Formula One (F1) race – the Airtel Indian Grand Prix – is finally over. And by all yardsticks, it is a significant success. There was a substantial crowd presence on race day (close to 80,000 would be a reasonable estimate), pan-Indian enthusiasm, sponsor and corporate interest and a huge global television audience. Add to that adequate infrastructure which, most importantly, was developed on time. Last but not least, a sizeable section of the population embraced the spectacle in a manner never associated with Delhi’s last mega-event, Commonwealth Games 2010. This overwhelming... (more)
While music lovers are still mourning the loss of Jagjit Singh, the maestro also left a void in the world of ghazal singing. There may be no dearth of listeners for this genre, but, unfortunately, few youngsters are taking to it and pursuing it as a profession. With no promising talent making it at the top levels, is this the end of the road for the genre?
“The current generation is drifting away from language and poetry,” says lyricist Javed Akhtar, who has worked with Singh on songs like Jaate jaate woh mujhe achchi nishani de gaya. “Due to lack of patronage, the genre is not getting... (more)
More than the Koran's sanction of wife-beating, the legal grounds on which the Koran sanctions it reveals an impassable gulf between Islamic and Western law. The sovereign grants inalienable rights to every individual in Western society, of which protection from violence is foremost. Every individual stands in direct relation to the state, which wields a monopoly of violence. Islam's legal system is radically different: the father is a "governor" or "administrator" of the family, that is, a little sovereign within his domestic realm, with the right to employ violence to control his wife and... (more)
For the last several months now, a debate is afoot about the sustainability of the much applauded Indian growth rate in the face of a seemingly uncontrollable rate of inflation. The inflation in turn has been raging mostly in our agricultural sector and it is worth our while to investigate the nature of the problem. To start with, an important question to ask is why it is agriculture rather than industry that is more susceptible to inflationary pressures in the context of a growth scenario. An obvious answer to the question lies in excessive demand for food. Even the government’s salutary NREGA... (more)