Kancha Ilaiah


Language mantra, power tantra

Language is a vehicle for learning as well as expression of ideas; and the link between development of ideas and language is dialectical. An advanced language helps in mentally equipping people — and “people” here includes everyone across the board.

Caste control & FDI

The opening of the retail market for foreign entrepreneurs has invited sharp reactions from several quarters.

Bygone cow economics

Some student organisations in Jawaharlal Nehru University wanted to celebrate the beef and pork festival on September 28 to mark Periyar E.V. Ramasamy’s birthday. Some Sangh Parivar organisations issued a “fatwa” that the hands of those who served beef would be cut.

Promoting reservation

There’s a new issue at hand. Recently, the Supreme Court had struck down an order issued by the Mayawati government to provide reservations in promotions for SC/ST employees in state services.

Anna and his corruption drama

A person called Govindacharya wrote a drama called “Corruption”. Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan are acting in it again and again on the same stage. The hero is called Gali, who stands for no corruption; the villain is known as Theresa, who is known as the most corrupt person sending money all over the world.

Mother tongue vs father tongue

It is good that the Central government is planning to start “special schools” for SC/ST students across the country. A meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Education of SC/STs and Persons with Disabilities was called by the ministry of human resource development in the capital recently.

Two for the price of one

Let’s face it. Purno Agitok Sangma, who has proposed his own name for the President’s post and sought the support of all political parties, is the tallest leader from India’s tribal-Christian community. Mr Sangma put forward his claim on identity basis, and rightly so, as so far there have been many upper caste presidents, three Muslim presidents, one Sikh president, one dalit president and one woman president.

The art of political management

Modern management is not confined just to business; it’s entering the portals of institutions and the whole system of governance and administration, and, more curiously, the realm of politics.

Cartoon and after

If we rework Shankar’s cartoon with, say, Mahatma Gandhi riding a bullock cart of democracy in his dwija dress and Jawaharlal Nehru standing in his sanatan pundit’s dress, a thread across his body, an

Food fascism

After the beef festival in Osmania University, Hyderabad, on April 15 — in which 1,500-2,000 students belonging to SC/ST/OBC communities and some faculty members participated — was attacked by the Akh

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