When the game itself takes a back seat, it is only natural that silly errors, which speak of lesser effort on the part of officials, also occur.
A slender thread of similarity runs through president Trump, PM Modi and CM Pinarayi across miles of land and sea.
Some of the most prominent Indian writers in English - V.S.Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri and Shashi Tharoor are diaspora writers.
India and its diaspora have rediscovered each other and realized that they can help each other.
The search for some form of recognition to those who have done extremely well in their respective fields brought up a scheme similar to “Padma” awards and it was named Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Awards).
It will only be a matter of time for Indian Americans to feel comfortable under the new dispensation.
The dissatisfaction will persist in the Indian diaspora till a way is found to overcome opposition to dual citizenship.
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.
The Indian diaspora appears to be heading for major challenges because of the new nationalism emerging in different parts of the globe.
Organ transplants are done in Kerala under govt supervision and the model has been lauded worldwide.
Doubts have started lingering in the CPM and the LDF camp about their chances in the next assembly elections.
The Congress' indecision in electing state leaders contrasts with the dynamic decision making process of its rival BJP under prime minister Narendra Modi.
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.
A.K. Saseendran surprised everyone with the speed with which he quit.
US ban on electronic goods on board takes away valuable time from business travelers, professionals
Immediately after lifesaving measures have been instituted, relatives have a right to know about the condition of the patient.
'Agreed, the law is on your side. Still don’t you think there is an ethical question involved?' asks Salim Kumar to Ilayaraja.
The process can be a temporary relief at best in times of an acute spell of drought. This cannot be relied upon on a long-term basis.
The Kerala government’s refusal to start new irrigation projects and its eagerness to scrap existing ones raise doubts about clarity of policy.
Why do we have so many false campaigns on social media? Don’t the perpetrators know that they are always leaving traces when they post something on Facebook or WhatsApp?
A report presented by the CITU’s general secretary at its national convention was telling in its analysis of the historic strike by the tea leaf pickers of Munnar.
Students and parents have complained that question papers for the ongoing SSLC and higher secondary exams have been prepared so carelessly that even the curriculum was given the go-by.
V.M. Sudheeran called it quits at the opportune time. He was well aware of the storm gathering within the Congress.
Respect for women should not be confined to the rituals associated with the celebration of Women’s Day.
At best, budgets of this sort have remained an exercise in numbers.
Why was CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran forever at loggerheads with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan?
The state, which largely is a 'money order economy,' borrows even to meet primary expenditure.
Most of the forest fires are sparked by the cigarette butts thrown carelessly by visitors or the bonfires lit by them.
Did the leaders score brownie points with their comments on the actress attack case as they expected?
To build India as a software super power, high-speed Internet should be made accessible for all at a relatively low cost.
Coming in the wake of chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s demise and the political turmoil caused by it, the judgement has led to several misreadings.
The judgement that sentenced Sasikala was a landmark that boosted the confidence of the people.
Muslim League and Congress vow to stand together after a period of strain and drift in their relations.
Recent controversies suggest that the Sangh Parivar was still clueless about its pathway in Kerala when it comes to issues related to communalism.
The world is witnessing a big leap in artificial intelligence-related knowhow such as Big Data manipulation, machine learning and mobile robotics.
The rot in Kerala's education sector doesn't begin and end with the Law Academy and the government should roll out bold reforms to fix it.
Yechury knows very well that a verdict favorable to the BJP amid the headwinds created by the demonetization drive would create fissures in the Left and secular camps.
The cross has suddenly become the favorite prop of a chief minister who is a staunch non-believer.
As the political whirlpool gets murkier, Panneerselvam has emerged as the chosen one who can consolidate and take the government forward.
The audacity with which the Left government initiated paddy farming in Metran kayal which had been lying fallow for eight years is unprecedented and revolutionary in nature.
If one law applies to the Pinarayi government, it is the Murphy's law – if anything can go wrong, it will.
The Hindu right wing group, which deems itself the self-appointed guardians of Hindu culture and tradition, has often employed violent ways.
The way the Kerala police handled the death of a 11-year-old girl in Walayar is a clear pointer to what's wrong with the law enforcement machinery under the LDF government.
'All hands outstretched with the intend to harm children are that of criminals. They deserve no mercy and the police will take stern action against them,' the CM's post said.
Despite all the media hysteria, campaigns and platitudes, the fact remains that International Women’s Day is just a sentimental import from the west.
Budget proposals should unveil a road map to its fiscal trajectory, set milestones and more importantly, how the govt intends to generate additional revenue.
To indulge in moral policing by insisting that all film-makers stick to a particular school of thought on portrayal of characters is unacceptable.
A girl gives out her opinion on war, but digitally active literate Indians threaten her with rape.
This case too will soon pass into the regular slot of the legal system, which will take its own time to reach a judicious conclusion.
Sitting in the comforts of a house or a seemingly secure office, you somehow believe that the dirty hands of offenders won't touch you.
The machinations of a coterie prevailed over the will of the people as custodians of democracy and its various pillars failed to act.
Can't blame fundamentalists for their hatred against love or lust, for all they know is the dust accumulated on the wraps of the scriptures they know little about.
Closet superstars toeing a culture of paying obeisance to powers that be should speak up.
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.
Sasikala Natarajan can flaunt her herd of legislators, but OPS may have stamped his moral authority on the chair that she desperately seeks.
Sasikala is faced with multiple hurdles. She will have to consolidate her flimsy base in the party and burnish her image among the rank and file.
The CM seems to be unaware that a Perumal Murugan has just been born in his language, and under his regime.
Those who rail about the external affairs minister delivering a Twitter warning to Amazon on an offensive product fail to understand that people now want instant, very public, solutions.
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.
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...
I had thought that the days of troubles were over for my friend Nadeer K.P, the youngster from Kozhikode who was detained the other day for alleged Maoist links.
The video shows a man dressed as a temple priest along with a group of men and boys dressed in traditional Kerala attire singing against the backdrop of a temple.
Actor Mohanlal's blog post on demonetization is suspect by intention.
Lest we condemn Narendra Modi, we have to understand that he is perhaps a victim of his times.
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.
A crackdown on black money is essential, but our political masters did not have the vision to properly unleash a such massive initiative, thereby disrupting the layman's life.
There is a lot of anger on social media, and most of it is directed against the prime minister himself. It’s already looking like a train wreck out there but is it too early to brand it one?
Transforming India is equal to transforming a significant part of the globe towards better environment, healthy ecosystems and efficient conservation of precious natural resources.
It is important for the policymakers and educators to redesign course curriculum and adapt to changes of our time; but at the same time retain the necessary parts of traditional disciplines to cater to future needs.
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).
Afghanistan-Pakistan, the most vulnerable conservation priority areas for South Asia
A paradigm shift is necessary for addressing the conservation challenges and priorities of the region.
Most countries across the subcontinent unfortunately do not have any long term plan for conserving nature, environment, ecosystems, forests, wildlife and most importantly, their rich biodiversity.
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.
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.
In spite of several short comings and numerous pitfalls, India has continued to grow as a great nation; but much needs to be done for greater achievements.
Modern conservation is the joint responsibility of the coordinated action of various agencies.
India has done some exemplary works in the areas of conservation that reflects in the form of better numbers of Asiatic lions, tigers, elephants, rhinoceros and other endangered species; yet, much needs to be done.
It is important to understand that the root cause for all existing conflicts between wildlife and humans across the length and breadth of the nation is predominantly economic in nature.
The unique diversity of flora and fauna of the Indian subcontinent has coexisted for thousands of years with human inhabitants, until fairly recently.
Joint sharing of intelligence and patrolling of sensitive international borders can help prevent poaching.
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.
Modi has kept the cards close to his chest, not revealing his mind even to his own senior cabinet ministers regarding probable presidential candidates.
The fear of bad vaastu haunts leaders when it comes to official residences as well as party offices.
Navjot Singh Sidhu says what he does in the night should not be anybody's concern.
Shashi Tharoor responded diplomatically to the online petition to project him as the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress in the 2019 elections.
Private school managements in Haryana have won a major battle against political parties, including the ruling BJP.
Public sector and private banks have decided to impose transaction costs on those who withdraw cash from their savings and current accounts in branches.
A diary belonging to Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) president K. Govindraj, unearthed by IT sleuths last March, has opened a pandora's box in Karnataka politics.
In the power struggle within the AIADMK, between Sasikala and Panneerselvam, the former lost more parliament members than MLAs.
The heat of the Uttar Pradesh elections has added more acidity to the mutual antipathy of prime minister Narendra Modi and the Congress party.
The Rajasthan civil aviation department's proposal to aircraft manufacturers to quote for a plane with a range of 3,000 km has raised many eyebrows in the Narendra Modi government.
Ever since the Constitution invented the governor's job, some appointees have been involved in controversies, and have resigned.
There was a strong reaction when K.V. Thomas publicly said he would summon Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley before the Public Accounts Committee.
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.
It was for the first time in 10 years that none was named to succeed an incumbent CBI chief.
The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are pretty much united when it comes to their love for luxury.
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.
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.
Modi and his team are anxious to ensure Trump’s support to India’s attempt to enter the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group.
These subtle moves which are not big revenue earners are however prone to stir anger among users, who till now had these services either free or at very low rates.
The manic zeal to eliminate open defecation in the villages has made authorities come up with extreme steps to ensure nobody uses open spaces as toilets.
The Cauvery crisis which reared its head recently was a stark reminder that national parties have to walk on narrow bridges as they have long-term stakes in more than one state.
The Indian army has become a counter striking force ready to operate inside enemy territory.
India has announced a strategic shift in its national security policy by striking at the “terror launchpads” across the Line of Control.
Apart from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), all other major political parties are averse to the idea.
Some top political figures are working overtime to retain their control over the national body and the state associations.
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's reports seeking to cut the government's size trigger discomfiture in the echelons of power.
Diplomatic passports have triggered occasional spats between state governments and the center.
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.
The precious stones now account for 15 percent of the business in jewelry shops in Kerala.
Established scrap dealers lead a lifestyle that matches the rich and powerful in India.
Endowed with considerable power, the CEO has been the undisputed king within an organization, but not anymore.
Kabali's turnover could raise awe and envy: Even before its release, the film collected Rs 223 crore.
Baba's company's turnover of Rs 5,000 crore was a kick right on the business giants' faces.
What if the government is planning to deposit some money each month into your account?
Venture funding is not easy money simply because those who are investing are not going to invest without assessing a business.
A vote to decide Britain's continuation in the EU is slated for June 23 and the exit from the EU is termed as Brexit.
Both Narendra Modi and Raghuram Rajan have developed into brands that peg India on the global investment map.
P. Kishore writes about how Self Publishing has become a boom and how publishers are minting good money out of it.
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.
If you have some old recipes, spruce it up with some exotic name and then market it.
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.
An emerging segment with huge potential in the tourism sector in Kerala called mental health tourism.
Across the globe, women professionals are left with a difficult choice – family or career?
The central government has already identified Kochi as one of the hundred for the Smart City initiative.
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.
The world economy is so much integrated with China that a crash there would affect all nations around the world.
Billionaires are not hard to come by. So are billionaires who renounce their assets for the well being of society.
Big businesses have now condescended to the level of new generation business leaders because it is ultimately the deal that matters.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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.
Do we have a right to have more than our fair share simply because we are in a position to grab it?
With health and the providing of healthcare being such a vital issue, there will always be questions about conflicts of interest in the healthcare system.
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...
Instead of fighting over riparian rights in rivers that are fast dying, what we need to do is to come together and revive these once mighty rivers and lakes so that everyone benefits.
The crowds at the new Streetscape Park in Kochi show how much we need open and green spaces. India’s urban planners should give priority to this need.
It's been 69 years since India got independence. And it seems appropriate to ask ourselves how we have fared in this mammoth task of nation building?
From having a handful of close friends to having thousands of followers … we've certainly come a long way. But at what cost ?
Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come, and it appears that being actively involved and investing in efforts to bring about change in our own communities is an idea that is here to stay.
Farmers, despite their sweat and toil in the sun, realise almost nothing while middlemen harvest the fruits of their hard labour.
Quite clearly despite our vaunted claims of social justice and gender equality we are failing at both in Kerala.
Every trick in the book is being employed by the ringmasters to convince a jaded audience to give the show another chance to impress.
What all does a mother note down in her diary during those two whole months of sheer bliss?
Like the Israelites, we, who have thus far been blessed by nature, will have to traverse a desert of our own making in the years to come.
Shalini Anna Dominic in her column writes about a new species that is taking over the urban Kerala.
Pinarayi's aim of progress can't be achieved unless law and order is effectively maintained and public tranquility becomes the new norm.
The CM has to reach out to all the apolitical social forces and the political opposition to create a generally peaceful environment that is required for progress.
The new government in Kerala should move fast before it loses momentum and popular goodwill.
If the LDF can provide a government that will impartially focus on corruption-free governance, inclusive economic development and justice to all, they are likely to be reelected after five years.
Kerala police have not moved fast enough to improve their data base, crime and criminal tracking systems and investigative capabilities.
The government will have to reach out not only to apolitical social forces but also to political opponents and recognize ground realities.
A vibrant democracy requires that the people should have the option of choosing one or the other of at least two national parties.
There is no dearth of power hungry saints in the Congress who work overtime to pull down their friends and colleagues.
The hopes of UDF and the dreams of NDA were dashed by the Left wave.
The gruesome murder of Jisha living in a one-room hut on government land in Kerala raises some questions which the state government and the Kerala society need to grapple with.
Kerala can become the shining star of development in India if our politics can become issue based rather than confrontational.
Unless we fix the school education before it is too late, the future of the Kerala will be bleak.
We need a dynamic govt that can move fast, not one that is lost in some ideological arid land or running to remain standstill as in Alice’s wonderland.
The focus on corruption in the election manifesto of LDF is a step in the right direction.
Current Kerala elections don't offer hope on this; only a groundswell of opinion will force a change.
Oommen Chandy has emerged stronger and taller from the standoff with the Congress high command. Can Pinarayi Vijayan do a repeat?
Do we not have the right to know before we make the choice who will be the chief minister if the front we are voting for comes to power?
We have seen political leaders who scream from rooftops about corruption in public life but never take any action when they are given power.
Amassing wealth through dishonest means does not entail social disrepute.
Will the people of Kerala be able to send these parties and their leaders to retirement homes in the forthcoming Assembly election?
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.
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.
The nationalism that RSS-BJP propagate is chillingly reminiscent of how it was used by Hitler and Mussolini for their fascist projects.
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.
Radhika broke down when I met her. One could see the glow of anger against the injustice perpetuated by our society.
Sree Narayana Guru used spirituality as a propelling force for upward social mobility of the people, says CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury.