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Treadmill Times

For centuries, humans have kept fit by doing simple exercises. But today, people are falling for the gym industry’s aggressive marketing.

Needed: A Street Fight

Countries around the world are promoting bicycle riding, but Indian leaders continue to pursuecar-centric policies.

Speed, Money and Male Power

India should be ashamed of hosting a Formula 1 event but it is not surprising that it is taking place.

Is the CEO Model of Political Leadership the Answer?

The Indian upper classes have been clamouring for a corporate-friendly political ethos. They want a set of chief executive officers in the political realm, those who will be accountable to them, not to the masses. In this, the US Ivy League has been busy facilitating, via high-profile training programmes, the emergence of such a class of leaders. The tragedy is that such a model of leadership has been discredited in the very land of its origins, but this does not deter the Indian elite.

Sports for a Few

The competitive frenzy for winning in sports has been fuelled by aggressive marketing. Together they ensure that while a minority is trained with superlative sports facilities, the majority is deprived of even basic amenities to play and breathe fresh air. In India, market forces have pampered cricket while harming all other games in the process.

What Quality of Life in Our Cities?

In the haste to convert Mumbai into a world class city we have failed to study the experiences of western cities, which are suffering from the ill-effects of rampant privatisation and foreign partnership in public services, notably transport. Our cities need to focus more on providing basic amenities than in chasing dreams of becoming world class.

Politics of Shivaji

Shivaji is very crucial to the interests of a certain class of politicians in Maharashtra. Especially important is the image of an invincible Shivaji. That is why there was such uproar in the state in response to James Laine's book, Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India.

Travails of an Ordinary Citizen

In its headlong rush to become a world-class city, Mumbai is forgetting its ordinary citizens - the slum and footpath dweller, the hawker, the daily commuter - all of whom contribute to the city's economy. As the city rises to more towering heights, and as the most basic of amenities continue to be denied the common citizen, Mumbai appears headed towards a future that is more congested, more iniquitous and increasingly less sustainable.

Harsh Reality of Workers Today

Poverty level wages, degrading working conditions, the total absence of democracy in the workplace, the demonising of legitimate protests and a prejudiced ruling class mindset where the trade union is anathema are all part of the harsh reality of workers today.

Vinda Karandikar

The poet, Vinda Karandikar, who was recently awarded the Jnanpith, has never been afraid of speaking up against the forces of parochialism and fascism. Moreover, in an age of all-pervasive cynicism, he still retains a touching faith in Marx and Gandhi.

Mumbai Floods: The Blame Game Begins

The worst floods in Mumbai's memory has triggered off a blame game. While the slum-dwellers have been blamed for their illegal constructions, it is the trio comprising the political class, the developers and builder lobby as well as the corporate sector that is largely to blame. For long, town planning has been skewed in favour of more buildings and concrete infrastructure with the result, as so crucially revealed by the recent disaster, that the more urgent issue of repairing and modernising the city's outdated drainage system has been neglected.
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