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Dr K

by Dr K. N. Raghavan

The author is a former international umpire and a senior bureaucrat.

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by TP Sreenivasan

The writer is a former diplomat and the deputy chief of the council for higher education in Kerala.

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Modi with Chandy

Pravasi jamboree loses luster

As the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is about to begin at the end of this week, indications are that it is not likely to attract the kind of participation it used to receive in its early years.

Straight Talk

by Guest Columnists

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Pinarayi Vijayan

What ails the Pinarayi administration?

Only if the LDF initiates confidence-building measures with a wary bureaucracy, shrugs off political apathy and tames the CMO's super authority status can it hope to regain the trust quotient it has so easily forfeited.


No Minister, we need those canals

The Kerala government’s refusal to start new irrigation projects and its eagerness to scrap existing ones raise doubts about clarity of policy.


by Onmanorama Staff

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Alice in a deeply flawed wonderland

To indulge in moral policing by insisting that all film-makers stick to a particular school of thought on portrayal of characters is unacceptable.


OPS, aka a lesson in politics

The SC verdict has put an end to the days of political buffoonery in Tamil Nadu, which was showing faces at the saner sensibilities of citizenry, civic discipline and constitutional order.


Why we should welcome the disruptors

Trump, demonetization ... the disruptors are having a field day. Love them or hate them, but that is the Universe's way of knocking us off our comfortable orbits, and making the world more exciting for future generations.

National anthem row: What the law says

National anthem row: What the law says

The national anthem became a hot topic of discussion after the Supreme Court ordered that “all the cinema halls in India shall play the national anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show...

Narendra Modi

The black-less white Utopia

It's easy to fool simple, honest, patriotic people. They will even die for you if you offer them hopes of a utopia. Modi is doing just that.

Saikat Basu

by Saikat Kumar Basu

A freelance journalist based in Canada and India.

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Call of the Wild | A ‘buzz’ on our insect pollinators

Pollination is the natural process of transfer of pollen grains from the anther of one flower to the stigma of another flower either by biological vectors (different species of animals) or non-biological agents (such as wind, air and water).

India’s forest guards a forgotten lot

India’s forest guards a forgotten lot

Most unfortunately, the ground force that is responsible for the protection of India’s vast natural forests are the most poorly paid, trained, treated and taken care of – forest guards.

A lesson on sustainability from Cuba

A lesson on sustainability from Cuba

Make in India initiative is undoubtedly a great idea, but a ‘clean India’ and ‘green India’ is as important as an economically emergent India, more so because India has such a huge population.

Sachidananda Murthy

by Sachidananda Murthy

Resident Editor @ Malayala Manorama

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Assam court issues bailable arrest warrant against Kejriwal

The fault in Kejriwal’s stars

Kejriwal should focus on making the AAP significant by ensuring that the party is not cut away from the doctrines established at the time of its inception.


Muzzling the voices of dissent

Amit Shah has taken the election to the largest state as a personal challenge, and has spent the last one year on different regions of the state.

Rakesh Asthana

A battle for supremacy

It was for the first time in 10 years that none was named to succeed an incumbent CBI chief.

Chandrasekhar Rao residence

People's money, KCR's luxury

The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are pretty much united when it comes to their love for luxury.


Of Modi, Trump and India-US ties

A meeting between Trump and Modi will be of great significance for India as the country has both high hopes and deep fears regarding the policies of Trump.


Fiddling with the rupee

The BJP has defended Modi's foreign trip saying he had made all arrangements to deal with the aftermath of demonetization, and had told banks to work on weekends.

Kashmir unrest

Kashmir unrest may trigger Vohra's exit

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra was all set for a quiet retirement in 2013 when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked him to continue for another term.

Bibek Debroy

Cutting flab, drawing flak

Bibek Debroy's reports seeking to cut the government's size trigger discomfiture in the echelons of power.

Narendra Modi

The unbearable silence of the PM

Narendra Modi may get the nickname of mouni baba that he conferred to Manmohan Singh, thanks to the prime minister's silence on sensitive issues.

P Kishore

by P Kishore

Special Correspondent @ Malayala Manorama

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Making gold from scrap

Established scrap dealers lead a lifestyle that matches the rich and powerful in India.


The economics of 'Kabali'

Kabali's turnover could raise awe and envy: Even before its release, the film collected Rs 223 crore.


The call of the print

P. Kishore writes about how Self Publishing has become a boom and how publishers are minting good money out of it.


Startups begin to sit down

Ventures that are started without much fanfare, in modest surroundings, would see a steady flow of customers, while those launched in prime areas with lots of advertisements could soon wind up.

Net Release

A lowdown on net release

There are some businesses that carry fancy names, but hardly make money. One of them is net release, something that film makers have been clamouring for a long time now.

Traditional Online

The digital threat to traditional business models

Uber, which owns no vehicles, becoming the world’s largest taxi company, and Alibaba emerging as the largest retailer without possessing any inventory, are two good examples of the latest trend.

 Zuckerberg seeks peace with telcos on Web-for-all push

A shift to minimalistic settings

Big businesses have now condescended to the level of new generation business leaders because it is ultimately the deal that matters.

Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani and ‘governpreneurship’

The profile of people entering government service is changing in a big way. Compared to people who joined government service because they were good for nothing else, new entrants know IT, have new ideas and are keen to work. The reason for...


Luddites' own Kerala

Even though Kerala is touted as God's own country, we are actually Luddites’ own country. Even though they originated in England in the 19th century, their descendents are now in Kerala more than anywhere else. During the industrial revolution in...

Car mechanics

Dwindling workshops and mechanics

When I went to a car workshop recently, it had only a chief mechanic and his assistant. I heard the sound of only small repairs there, which was once a famous service centre in the city. The mechanic is old, and he complained that it was hard to...


Getting the most out of Indian 'elephant' economy

Those preparing for a government employment need to learn a lot. To perform well in PSC and UPSC exams, one has to learn about a host of government programmes and with the Centre announcing new schemes at the drop of a hat, it is becoming tough to...


Gopi Kallayil’s secret mantra for success

Kochi: Of all living beings in this planet, man is different. Unlike other living beings, who don’t have any obligation towards life, man is eternally in search for a meaning to his life. He is not just satisfied with having just food and drink and...

Lakshmanan's tea shop, a wonder in Kannur

Nothing to stall booming tea stalls

Standing bars became popular in Kerala, when bars had their heydays in the state. People could go into a standing bar, buy a quick drink, gulp it on one go and then leave, neat and ‘fit’; it hardly took five minutes for the whole process to...

Uber taxi

The taxi app revolution

Revolutions in taxi segments are either very quiet and or associated with a lot of sound and fury. From a few years ago when people were afraid to hire a taxi for even going to the hospital to the modern times when apps are ruling the business, the...


Branding it right

Even though some would like to believe that Apple has lost some of its sweetness, the brand is the top name in the world in terms of brand value. In fact, four of the top brands are names that are based in Silicon Valley and they are: Apple, Google,...

Business Boom

Buffaloes are the new cash cows

A business entrepreneur in the Gulf happens to be an infamous baddie at home. He has earned quite a lot in the Gulf and goes around with his henchmen in luxurious cars. Of course, he is a good boy in the Gulf and would not dare to bare his dark side...


Snob Tiffin, health tiffin

Tiffin companies make a killing by pampering the rich ones who think the sky will fall down if they miss one helping of protein or dietary fibre.


by Shalini Anna Dominic

Writer based in Kochi

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No room for compromise, no shades of gray

If our goal is to find a solution to the many problems that we face in the public and private sphere, a degree of flexibility, openness to the views of others, civility in debate, and a willingness to negotiate might garner us better results than...


The great Indian election circus

Every trick in the book is being employed by the ringmasters to convince a jaded audience to give the show another chance to impress.

Roy Paul

by K Roy Paul

The author is a former Civil Aviation Secretary and former member, Union Public Service Commission

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Government files

Time for governance

The government will have to reach out not only to apolitical social forces but also to political opponents and recognize ground realities.


The crisis of democracy

A vibrant democracy requires that the people should have the option of choosing one or the other of at least two national parties.

Deve Gowda

Coalition politics: Kerala's sorrow

What is unique about the Kerala coalition firmament is that people like R Balakrishna Pillai, TM Jacob and Baby John have been hailed as state-level leaders though their parties would not be able to come to power even in a panchayat on their own.

Lauding 'Leader', Chennithala's veiled attack on Chandy

Between Tweedledum and Tweedledee

In the run-up to another assembly election, Keralites have the unenviable task of choosing between two fronts with only marginal differences in their programmes.

Sitaram Yechury

by Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury is the General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist)

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Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi

Let flowers bloom and ideas clash

Dialogues are debate of ideas and it is only through clash of ideas that civilizations advanced, it is this process that is under threat, writes Sitaram Yechury.


An elevated expression of humanism

Sree Narayana Guru used spirituality as a propelling force for upward social mobility of the people, says CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury.