December 2014

And we played cricket too

Atletico de Kolkata pose for a picture as they celebrate after winning the Indian Super League final against Kerala Blaster FC in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

Leagues have given sports like kabaddi, football and tennis a leg up but that may not be enough to transform Indian sport. Japan was a nobody in global football when it started its professional J-League in 1993. It was packaged as much as a family entertainment event as the new Indian Super League (ISL), its […..]

Pension promise in peril?

Put simply, OROP means that every pension-eligible soldier who retires in a particular rank deserves the same pension, irrespective of date of retirement.

Military veterans claim babus are thwarting PM Modi’s poll pledge of one-rank-one-pension by inflating its cost estimates Roman emperor Augustus started the tradition of military pensions in 13 BC, when every legionary who had fought 20 years for Rome was guaranteed a pension for-life. It set the bar for modern armies, and independent India continued […..]

Language of the gods needs revival but not by compulsory teaching of Sanskrit

Anxiety over Sanskrit’s slow death as a living language, which lies at the heart of the current language dispute over German, predates the cultural nationalism of BJP and RSS. As far back as 1857 Gujarati poet Dalpatram announced that the language of the gods had died. Bajirao II, the last Peshwa, had “performed its after-death […..]