Ramakrishnan

The strategy of the opposition yesterday was, to say the least a miserable failure. I do not know if it showed utter bankruptcy of their ideology, if any, or if it brought out the hollowness of its purpose or if it showed the apathy and indifference...
The menace of terrorism related incidents are spreading to south India. This is the message the Villupuram incident sends. At the time of writing, no arrests have been made so far in the incident in which suspected pro-LTTE elements blasted a...
What is in a name? ‘Nothing,’ the wise would say. I am not one among them and so I disagree. May be, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; but not a changed name for a road or a street. . Name is a label, used to distinguish one from...
The former Union Minister EVKS Ilangovan is known for his candid and forthright remarks. Speaking at the meeting to mark the seventh death anniversary of Vazhappadi Ramamurthy in Chennai, Ilangovan gave vent to the pent up feelings of a Tamil Nadu...
The other day, the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel levelled  the charge of obstructionism against Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. According to the civil aviation minister it’s not wise to get overly obsessive about environmental issues, and...
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has dismissed as "meaningless and absurd" demand for bifurcation of Tamil Nadu, saying the idea should be nipped in the bud. He was reacting to PMK leader S Ramadoss' remarks about splitting Tamil Nadu into two states.Ramadoss, apparently buoyed by the Centre's nod for the creation of Telangana, had recently said bifurcation of Tamil Nadu would be "good" on administrative grounds. Karunanidhi had, however, dismissed the idea, saying there was "no place for...
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has dismissed as "meaningless and absurd" demand for bifurcation of Tamil Nadu, saying the idea should be nipped in the bud. He was reacting to PMK leader S...
"The Review Committee came across several aberrations in the functioning of some of the institutions deemed to be universities. It found undesirable management architecture where families rather than professional academics controlled the functioning of institutions," the HRD Ministry’s affidavit in the Supreme Court said. We can heave a sigh of relief. The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it has decided to withdraw the "deemed" status to 44 universities in the country alleging...
"The Review Committee came across several aberrations in the functioning of some of the institutions deemed to be universities. It found undesirable management architecture where families rather...
No law reaches it, but all right-minded people observe it. (Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort)Fortunately for MGR, he was never in the opposition ever since he launched the AIADMK, excepting until the first Assembly polls. Otherwise, he too would have been compelled to go through several court cases. That much for the bonhomie among political parties in Tamil Nadu.Of late, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, now and then rues that political differences had overwhelmed relationship among parties in...
No law reaches it, but all right-minded people observe it. (Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort)Fortunately for MGR, he was never in the opposition ever since he launched the AIADMK, excepting until...
While the fate of the Bill and because of it, even that of the Union government hangs in balance, many questions are raised for and against the Bill. The Congress wanted to score over others in its ‘concern’ for women. The BJP and the leftists too didn’t want to be seen lagging behind. SP and RJD have their own master plans and so they decided to oppose it ‘in the present form.’ Though in fact they don’t want reservation to women at all, politically they...
While the fate of the Bill and because of it, even that of the Union government hangs in balance, many questions are raised for and against the Bill. The Congress wanted to score over others in its...
The DMK Government in the State enters the fifth year in office.  I chose to cut a cake in the privacy of my home to silently celebrate the occasion.The State Government has released full-page advertisements in major dailies. It reads: Kalaignar’s Government in Four Years. Appreciation Pours! Achievements Sours!. ..We do what we have said; we say what we have done.The ad says inter alia: ‘Kumbhabhishekams performed in 4020 temples on an expenditure of Rs 387 Crore;...
The DMK Government in the State enters the fifth year in office.  I chose to cut a cake in the privacy of my home to silently celebrate the occasion.The State Government has released full-page...
Justice A.S. Anand, the then Chairperson, National Human rights Commission, a former Chief Justice of India wrote a detailed letter to all Chief Ministers in December, 2003.  He said death during the course of a police action is always a cause of concern to a civil society. The police does not have a right to take away the life of a person. If, by his act, the policeman kills a person, he commits an offence of culpable homicide of not amounting to murder, unless it is established that...
Justice A.S. Anand, the then Chairperson, National Human rights Commission, a former Chief Justice of India wrote a detailed letter to all Chief Ministers in December, 2003.  He said death...
Karunanidhi, the elder statesman that he is, has taken a politically clever decision. He has not told ‘no’ to PMK; yet he has not said ‘yes’ either. Nearly two years after they parted ways, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu has decided to revive its ties with the PMK, but refused to allot a seat to the party in the forthcoming Rajya Sabha polls.Karunanidhi said the decision was taken on the basis of letters PMK chief S Ramadoss wrote to him. "Our intentions of re-admitting...
Karunanidhi, the elder statesman that he is, has taken a politically clever decision. He has not told ‘no’ to PMK; yet he has not said ‘yes’ either. Nearly two years after...