K Raheja’s Horizon Green Building in Deep Trouble due to Unauthorized Soak Pit

Mumbai, 13th January, 2017: K Raheja Constructions got away with lots of violations in their Horizon Green project in Borivali East. They succeeded in procuring Drainage Completion Certificate (DCC) and Occupation Certificate (OC) in early 2015 without actually constructing drainage. To hoodwink potential flat-buyers and early-bird occupants and emboldened by BMC officials’ complicity, the Rahejas tried to secretly dig a soak-pit in December 2015. The plan was to cover up the lack of a sewage connection by channeling the sludge into a soak pit and pumping it out every month. But…

"K Raheja’s Horizon Green Building in Deep Trouble due to Unauthorized Soak Pit"

Behavior of bulls in jallikattu videos – my response to PETA India

I am neither defending nor opposing jallikattu. Nor do I intend this to be an adverserial discussion. Bear with me, it is slightly long. The downside of describing behavior of bulls to those not trained to see it is that each picture seems to take a thousand words. My response to the response by Poorva Joshipura, CEO of PETA India to my article on Jallikattu.  While I don’t agree with PETA India’s view about the ban, I…

"Behavior of bulls in jallikattu videos – my response to PETA India"

Response by CEO of PETA India to my article on Jallikattu

The following is the response by Poorva Joshipura, CEO of PETA India to my article on Jallikattu published yesterday. Obviously PETA India disagrees with those wanting jallikattu to not be banned, but Poorva asserts a similarity between jallikattu and bullfighting, raises questions about injuries to humans and animals and questions the validity of the argument that a ban on jallikattu would harm the survival of indigenous breeds of cattle.  Dear Vidyut, I am the CEO…

"Response by CEO of PETA India to my article on Jallikattu"

Jallikattu is not bullfighting – it needs its own debate

I have refrained from commenting on jallikattu for a long time, mainly because I don’t have any real experience or concrete insight on the subject (yes, that does prevent me from making opinions known). However, after several debates, reading up, arguments and a lot of thinking, I can definitely say that a middle way needs to be found. A ban is not an answer and animal rights must be upheld to the best of our…

"Jallikattu is not bullfighting – it needs its own debate"

Wild felines rescued by Mirzapur forest department may be from rare and protected Carcal species

Mirzapur forest department caught 3 men transporting 6 wild animals of cat family. One person named Aarif is in custody of the authorities, while two others fled the spot.The exact reason for smuggling these cats is still unknown. The animals were being transported using a cage covered with clothes. While the forest department believes it to be ‘wild cat’, there were also assumptions that it is some exotic cat like ‘Puma’. Initially, there were also reports…

"Wild felines rescued by Mirzapur forest department may be from rare and protected Carcal species"

Ominous: Is the government planning to appropriate money of citizens?

There are multiple accounts of official spokespersons referring to the government using the money of citizens deposited into their bank accounts for development of infrastructure and other government spending. This is alarming. The money owned by individuals is not government property.

"Ominous: Is the government planning to appropriate money of citizens?"