WHILE in India, a person retiring from a government or private sector job feels forlorn and unwanted, the picture is exactly the reverse in the US.
PROTECTIONISM IS ADDICTIVE. Once you get used to it, there is no getting away. This fact is illustrated by the Government's move, no doubt at the prodding of the auto industry, to widen the definition of completely built units(CBUs). Used by now to a gov
ernment that appears willing to listen and concede to its every protectionist demand, the auto industry is naturally craving for more.
Save officials from political whims
THE Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms Jayalalitha, is one of the few politicians in India who have a knack of making it to top slots with multi-column headlines in foreign media, especially in the UK and the US in which stories from that part of the world ap
pear once in a blue moon.
Low turnout in UK elections -- Does rational indifference explain it?
IT IS reported that in the UK election, the percentage of voters who exercised their vote was as low as 40, compared to 65 per cent in the previous election five years ago. What does such a heavy non-turnout indicate? The UK is the mother of democracies.
The right to vote and choose the Government once, at least in four or five years, is a fundamental right in a democracy. But does the right to vote also imply an obligation to vote and always?
The rulers we don't deserve
``WHAT the hell are you lot so smug about, get back to work.'' This was the manner in which The Mirror, the Labour Party's most devoted friend in the British media, greeted on its front page the news of New Labour's second successive term in government.
A political columnist in The Times, endorsed the sober mood in the country when he said about the Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair: ``The public want him to deliver, not to celebrate.''
Not a good sign
With about 10,000 vehicles being added to Bangalore every month, there is no sign of the traffic situation improving.
Municipal solid waste processing -- The Chennai experience
IN AN article in The Hindu on June 5, World Environment Day, the Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), Ms Sheela Rani Chunkath, asks: ``A frightening 3,000 tonnes of waste is generated in Chennai alone everyday. How can this situ
ation be tackled?''
Indigenous ceramic catalytic converters
CLEAN air in cities is slowly but surely becoming a major public issue. Air pollution levels have been going up rather alarmingly in several cities. One of the primary sources of this pollution are automobiles.