articles by Janaki Murali

India

Kerala, After The Flood: India should focus on disaster-proof housing, insurance, not take recourse to jugaad

The Kerala experience must remind that it's time India looked seriously at disaster proof housing to secure homes and property from shocks, mudslides and flooding, while also making disaster insurance compulsory

India

Kerala, After The Flood: Underprepared India needs rapid rescue and planned rehabilitation to combat disasters

What was obvious from the start in the Kerala floods, was the lack of preparedness of the state to face a disaster of this magnitude.

India

Kerala, After The Flood: Tendency to back development despite warning from ecologists creates ground for future disasters

What is important is that ecologists and environmentalists have to work in tandem with the government departments to achieve success on the ground.

India

Kerala, After The Flood: India needs to go beyond leaning on its military for relief and rescue to deal with disasters

Flooding from the torrential rains from this year’s monsoon maybe our immediate concern, but, we have to be equally aware that India is highly vulnerable to other natural disasters like cyclones, tsunamis, landslides, avalanches and earthquakes.

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NGT ruling on Bellandur Lake: Election in 2018 puts ruling Congress under greater pressure

Wednesday's ruling by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru came as a huge boost to various civic organisations and activists, citizen forums and resident associations fighting for the lake’s right to breathe

Politics

Bypoll wins: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah should keep his promises to voters before state election

With the Congress winning both the Nanjangud and Gundulpet bypolls, the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is obviously on a high. The CM will now be looking at the bypoll results as a pre-cursor to the 2018 Assembly elections, expected to be held exactly a year from now.

India

Tarun Vijay's racist rant: Identity has no link with skin colour despite society's prejudices

I beg to differ, Tarun Vijay. There are no different colours in India — we are all known as brown-skinned people.

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Karnataka faces worst drought in 42 years: Can Siddaramaiah save Bengaluru before taps run dry?

The alarming water shortage in the IT capital, in the wake of a severe drought in the state of Karnataka, has only worsened, with the two main reservoirs, Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) and Kabini nearing dead storage of 4.4 tmcft.

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Jallikattu ban: Why the demand for revival of a blood sport does not indicate people’s freedom

Given, that these animal sports have their cultural and historical heritage, these protests demanding the lifting of bans against the sports are guaranteed to raise machismo and regional jingoism.

Entertainment

David Guetta Bengaluru concert row: Cancelled or postponed, why this is bad news for the city

What really led to the authorities calling for the ‘cancellation’ or ‘postponement’ of the David Guetta concert? Have Bengaluru’s authorities really thrown up their hands and given up trying to uphold law and order in the city and handed it over to goons and potential molesters?

Politics

Jayalalithaa and Karnataka: Behind her hot-cold relationship with the state of her birth

Could the Cauvery dispute have found an easier solution if Jayalalithaa had been partial to her birthplace and listened to the plight of the Mandya farmers as much as she did to those from Tamil Nadu?

Life

Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's parents: 'She's interested in social justice'

The first Indian origin American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's proud parents — her 74-year old writer mother Maya Jayapal and her 85-year old marketing professional father MP Jayapal — spoke to Firstpost of their daughter’s journey from Chennai, India to the US Congress.

India

Karnataka govt should not give legitimacy to 'tyrant' Tipu Sultan: Mohandas Pai to Firstpost

Tipu Sultan can be remembered as a freedom fighter, secularist or a religious bigot who forcibly converted many Hindus and Christians into Islam. He was also a famous warrior who built the first missile and fought the British and even today, his life is debated hotly in Karnataka by politicians, historians and prominent citizens who are divided over whether he was a patriot or a tyrant.

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Bengaluru steel flyover: NGT stay has bought us time to gear up for legal battle, say petitioners

The NGT stay on Bengaluru steel flyover project for four weeks has bought the campaigners and petitioners time to regroup and get their papers to gear up for the next legal and political phase of the battle. Firstpost reached out to the founder president of CAF, NS Mukunda to gather further details on their petition and the NGT stay.

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Bengaluru steel flyover: 'Beda' vs 'Beku' social media row has taken the debate to a new level

Nearly a month into the protests over the steel flyover in Bengaluru, the campaign has seen several twists and turns already.

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Call your MLA: Activists find innovative ways to oppose steel flyover in Bengaluru

Protest against Karnataka government's steel flyover in Bengaluru is set to pick up momentum as activist plan to spread the word against it through a series of online and offline campaigns

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Bengaluru's steel bridge: Should IT hub say no to development at the cost of tree cover?

Bengaluru’s infrastructure projects have always been mired in controversy, with citizens and green activists crying foul until either the projects get scrapped or get implemented regardless of the protests.

Life

How artist Yusuf Arakkal, who passed away on 4 October, shaped the art scene in Bengaluru

Not only did Yusuf Arakkal make Bengaluru his home, he also went on to establish the art scene in the city, along with his contemporaries, many of whom were also from outside Karnataka

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Bengaluru demolition drive: As BBMP efforts enter second month, here's what it should focus on

Bengaluru's BBMP has continued its demolition drive into the second month