PIL Pill for all ills
The common man is finally having his say, thanks to Public Interest Litigation. Be it to ensure good governance, seek redressal of human rights violations or poor availability of goods and services, PIL has become a handy tool for citizens. Maneesh Chhibber looks at this face of judicial activism
Every year, thousands of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions are filed in various courts across the country. A majority of these relate to the environment, civic issues and corruption. The impact of PILs on the quality of life of the citizens of the country and related issues has been huge.

Forest Hill Resort case: An exclusive resort and golf club in Punjab was ordered to be demolished after it was established that its owners had disregarded all forest and other laws to construct it. 
 An exclusive resort and golf club in Punjab was ordered to be demolished after it was established that its owners had disregarded all forest and other laws to construct it

Better off at circus than home
Gagandeep Kaur
he Indian circus is showing a downward trend for some time now. Many proclaim that it is a dying industry. The first and probably the most important reason is the law, which forbids the use of animals. The main reason could be the apathy of public since a circus hardly occupies the mind of a child nowadays.
The Indian circus has to be technologically savvy Any circus is incomplete without a clown

The Indian circus has to be technologically savvy. — Photo by Vinay Malik

Any circus is incomplete without a clown. Photo by Malkiat Singh 

Waiting for the spiritual heir
More than three years after Kushok Bakula’s death, there is tremendous enthusiasm among the Ladakhis on the issue of spotting the new spiritual leader, and special prayers are being offered in the four monasteries for his rebirth in Ladakh, reports S.P. Sharma from Jammu
The Kushok Bakula is the head of the four main monasteries of Ladakh—Spituk, Saboo, Stok and Sankar. He passed away in Delhi on November 4, 2003. His followers in the frontier region of Ladakh are now looking towards the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and high lama Sras Rinpoche to identify his reincarnation.

The Spituk monastery in Ladakh is one of the region’s four major monasteries.
The Spituk monastery in Ladakh is one of the region’s four major monasteries

Mind games for corpocrats
Papri Sri Raman
ith CEOs and chairmen of MNCs as students, Lou Tice has quite a task on his hands. To those who want to grow in business, he offers lessons on “how we think”. For more than 35 years, Tice has taken the application of research in cognitive sciences to challenges facing organisations today, including

Heroes with a difference
Bollywood has its quintessential heroes, handsome, super-rich, and the darling of the heroine and fans. Today it is throwing up another breed of heroes, versatile and ready to experiment. Shoma A. Chatterji reports
hanks to the brilliant comeback of a mellowed and bearded Amitabh Bachchan, the term ‘character actor’ now has a new definition. The dividing lines among the hero, the villain and the character actor are a thing of the past. Thus, there is no such thing as the lover-boy hero who is firmly slotted into a no-exit ghetto he cannot get out of.

Bowled over by the game
British cinema might not have produced films of the class of Lagaan and Iqbal, but now and then it has paid tribute to cricket. With the World Cup set to be inaugurated today, Vikramdeep Johal recalls some “pitch perfect” moments
ail cricket! Manly British game!" — that’s how poet James Love immortalised the game in verse way back in 1744. In British cinema, it has often played second fiddle to football. A handful of movies have made references to cricket in one way or the other. Here are the most memorable ones:


television: Hard words and soft probes
by Randeep Wadehra

NATURE: Apple of the eye
by Kiran Narain

Hollywood Hues: Biggest dictator
by Ervell E. Menezes

by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: When court fails consumer
Pushpa Girimaji

ULTA PULTA: Budget savvy
by Jaspal Bhatti

by David Bird


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