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Odisha’s para-badminton international Deep Ranjan Bisoyee
The Remarkable Journey Of A Lionhearted Para Shuttler From Odisha

For any person, adapting to life with disability is always a challenge. The challenge is even greater if s/he is a sportsperson, because the opportunity to play and excel is…

Op-Ed: Dr. Pujahari’s resignation: No Winners In This Game

The resignation of Dr. Ashwini Pujahari, Director of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla has brought to an end the long-running impasse in this premier government medical institution in western Odisha. But the unexpected denouement of this sordid saga has several important lessons for future. The first of these lessons […]

Op-Ed: Shah’s 120 Plus, An Unrealistic Target

Bhubaneswar: Odisha figures prominently in the BJP’s scheme of things for the approaching elections. This is obvious from the repeated visits of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and party chief, Amit Shah. Modi had even chosen Cuttack to present his government’s report card on its fourth anniversary last year. That was a symbolic gesture like the […]

Op-Ed: Time for tough call on Kashmir

How many times have we heard these words – or variations of them – after a major terror strike in the Valley in the last three decades? “I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families […]

Op-Ed: Congress In Odisha Stares At An Uncertain Future

Bhubaneswar: As elections draw closer the fluctuating fortunes of Congress, the main opposition party in the state, are being closely watched. The Grand Old party, which ruled the state for the longest period and was considered virtually invincible a few decades ago, seems to be in a freefall with both BJP and the Naveen Patnjaik-led […]

Op-Ed: The Problem With Pakistan and Its ‘Non-existent’ Solution!

“Find a solution to the problem and we will find a problem with the solution!” That seems to be the dominant narrative of those ill at ease with the nationalist (err.. jingoist) frenzy sweeping the country and calls for retribution reverberating in the air everywhere after the deadly terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama […]

Op-Ed: Let The War Frenzy Play Out Its Course

When a layman says something like this, it is at least understandable, if not condonable. But when a person holding the exalted post of Governor, who is sworn to protect and uphold the Constitution, does the same, it has serious implications for democracy and the Idea of India. Meghalya Governor Tathagata Roy has disgraced not […]

Op-Ed: Will Congress’ Priyanka Gamble Pay off?

Bhubaneswar: The formal induction of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of AICC president, Rahul Gandhi, into the Congress with the responsibility of the crucial eastern UP belt being placed on her shoulders, has caused ripples across the political spectrum. Though her entry was expected with the party desperately looking for someone with a Midas touch […]

Op-Ed: The State Must Change Its Attitude Towards Tribals

Bhubaneswar: The Kondh tribals of Niyamgiri, a forest-clad hill in Kalahandi that shot into international focus during the anti-bauxite mining movement, are reportedly gearing up for another battle, this time against possible eviction in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that could affect more than ten lakh tribals across the country. The apex court […]

Op-Ed: Homo Sapiens To Blame For The Plight of Aquatic Species In The State

Bhubaneswar: The recent dolphin survey in the state threw up some startling figures. The number of these human-friendly mammals in Odisha’s known aquatic ecosystems, has fallen alarmingly, coming down from 469 in 2018 to 259 this year. The census covered the Chilika lake, India’s largest brackish water lagoon straddling Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts, the […]

Op-Ed: Too early to hail Imran as 'statesman'

How naive and gullible some Indians can be! I was more amused than angry after witnessing the concerted effort by a section of our intellgentsia to hail Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as a ‘statesman’ after his announcement about releasing wing commander Abhinandan, who was in the custody of the Pakistanis, as a ‘peace gesture.””Are […]

IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders Restrict Punjab Kings To 123/9
Bio-Bubble Breached! IPL 2021 Treading On Thin Ice

The hitherto impregnable IPL bio-bubble has been breached. The virus has managed to sneak into its secured environment. The week has begun with Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive…

Op-Ed: Jay Panda’s BJP Gambit

Bhubaneswar: Setting all speculations at rest former Kendrapara MP, Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda has finally joined the Bhartiya Janata Party. His saffron switch was expected, but yet when it came about, it was a big media event given his image as a high-profile politician who used to be the intellectual face of Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata […]

Op-Ed: Rulers Must Ensure That Police Morale Remains High

Bhubaneswar: Recently we saw on our TV screens disturbing visuals of a bunch of hoodlums ransacking a police station in the state capital and attacking the men in khaki. Some of the accused, who are believed to have political connections, have since been arrested. It is reassuring that Police Commissioner has promised action against all […]

Op-Ed: Will Rahul Visit Boost Congress Prospects in Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: On his third visit to the state in the last two months, Congress president Rahul Gandhi did not put a foot wrong in Jeypore, the political and commercial nerve centre of undivided Koraput district, on the International Women’s Day. The dimple cheeked Gandhi scion first unleashed a charm offensive wowing young girls and women […]