The Great Debate (India)

Air India strike leaves passengers stranded

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Air India air hostesses sit outside the domestic airport as part of a strike in New Delhi May 25, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiA strike at Air India, the country’s beleaguered national carrier, dragged into its second day on Wednesday and forced many flight cancellations.

At least 13,000 passengers were stranded because of the strike called by Air India’s ground and technical staff who said they were protesting against a company “gag” order on union leaders speaking to reporters about last week’s plane crash in Mangalore.

Air India spokesman K. Swaminathan said 76 flights, mostly domestic, had been cancelled.

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Has Ruchika got justice?

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File photo of a lawyer with a book of criminal lawRuchika Girhotra, a 14-year-old tennis player, was molested by then Haryana police IG S.P.S. Rathore in Panchkula in 1990.

Three years later, Ruchika killed herself, which her friend and case witness Aradhana attributes to the harassment of Ruchika and her family by those in power.

A relook at moral policing: Khushboo’s case

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(Pinky Anand is a Supreme Court lawyer who fought the case on behalf of Khushboo. The views expressed here are her own)

Pinky AnandThe recent Supreme Court judgement in Khushboo’s case addresses interesting questions with far-reaching impact. In a short span, we have witnessed various episodes of moral policing ranging from violent physical attacks, to criminal complaints, to Public Interest Litigation (PILs) in courts.

from The Great Debate UK:

New gateway for British business opens in Asia

Ash Verma- Ash Verma is Chairman, Gateway Business Consultants Limited and Founder of Gateway Asia. The opinions expressed are his own. -

London has long had a reputation as a city where entrepreneurs from Asia have come to seek their fortune.  From its early 19th century roots when Sake Dean Mahomed opened up Britain’s first Indian restaurant and introduced the city to shampoo, London’s Indian diaspora has now grown into one of the largest communities outside the country. The Chinese community in London, too, is Europe’s oldest and largest.

Maoist killings in Dantewada call for multi-pronged response

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The well-planned  ambush and deliberate killing of  more than 70 security personnel by Maoist cadres on April 6 in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh has caused enormous anger and anguish all over India.

INDIA-MAOIST/The phrase 6/4 is being added to the blood-splattered internal security lexicon of India that is still coping with 26/11 – the equally pre-meditated and cold-blooded Mumbai attacks of November 2008.

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Kiran Bedi on being India’s first woman police officer

INDIAOne of India's most recognised faces, Kiran Bedi is India's first woman police officer and has a larger-than-life image in a country where police are mostly perceived as inefficient or corrupt or both.

She was an Asian and national tennis champion before she made it to the Indian

Police Service in 1972. Bedi has worked in traffic and narcotics control, prison management and has also been an adviser for United Nations peacekeeping operations.

from The Great Debate UK:

Second time lucky for Biocon’s Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

kiranSetting up Biocon, Asia's largest biotechnology firm, was not a straightforward task for the woman who is now India's wealthiest businesswoman.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw chose the biotechnology sector as a fallback position after she realised at the age of 25 that India was not ready to accept a woman master brewer.

Does Kasab deserve the death penalty?

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Special Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam holds up a document with a cover of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab at Arthur Road Jail, where Kasab's trial was held, in Mumbai May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/FilesThe Bombay High Court on Monday upheld  the death sentence of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab over the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

Kasab, the only gunman captured alive after the attacks, had been sentenced to death by a special court last year after being found guilty on more than 80 charges, including murder and waging war on India.

What would you have done differently if you were FM?

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Pranab MukherjeeThe government raised personal income tax slabs for 2010/11, which could result in a net tax saving of 20,000 to 50,000 rupees for those earnings above 300,000 rupees.

Fuel prices — Petrol (by 2.71 rupees) per litre and diesel ( 2.55 rupees a litre) — would be raised from Friday midnight.Are you happy with Budget 2010/11?

Your favourite A.R.Rahman song?

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A.R.Rahman“Slumdog Millionaire” composer A.R. Rahman won two Grammy awards on Sunday for the film’s soundtrack and theme song “Jai Ho”, adding to the Oscars he won last year.

But which is your favourite Rahman composition?

Is it ‘Jai Ho’, the memorable ‘Masakali’ from “Delhi 6″ or the haunting numbers from “Swades”, “Guru”, “Roja”, “Dil Se” or any of his other award-winning films?

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