With spring in the legs

Saturday, 27 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

On the wings of popular ratings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fly abroad After a considerable gap, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a four-nation trip on Monday. He should have spring in his legs given that the Government he leads has not just completed three years in office but that...

Humanitarianism prevails

Saturday, 27 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Uzma’s return a matter of relief, but also highlights the sorry situation in Pakistan The safe return of Indian woman, Uzma, who was duped into marriage by a Pakistani man, is a rare instance of humanitarianism on the part of our neighbour and has come as a great relief. A similar...

Moving on right track

Friday, 26 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Modi regime has reasons to celebrate three years in office, but has many tasks ahead On completion of three years in office, the Modi Government has reasons to be satisfied by its performance. The causes of contentment are both perceptional and tangible. Positive perceptions among a large mass of the population...

Saharanpur clampdown

Friday, 26 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Yogi Adityanath sends strong message that goondaism wont’be tolerated in his State The Yogi Adityanath Government has done well to have demonstrated will power and intelligence in taking necessary measures to crack down on the violence that erupted in Saharanpur. Top police and civil officers have been suspended. Some have also...

Manchester brutality

Thursday, 25 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Terror spares none. United Nations must not drag its feet on defining terrorism The Manchester attack that claimed the lives of more than 20 people and injured over 50, was one of the deadliest in the history of Britain ever since the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. It was an act...

Stronger India-Africa ties

Thursday, 25 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Potential enormous; tip of iceberg has been explored until now In what is a welcome move, India has continued with its aggressive push towards greater engagement with African countries, keeping trade and geo-strategic interests in mind. The spectre of China is there, of course, given that the regional power has expanded...

Think now | Carl Sagan

Thursday, 25 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Oped

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of it. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan...

Nothing inhuman here

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

The Army officer's presence of mind saved a volatile situation from getting violent The Army's decision to issue a commendation letter to Major Leetul Gogoi, the officer who tied up a Kashmiri local to the bonnet of his convoy jeep to avoid any violent retaliation by an angry crowd, will go...

The Iran, Saudi balance

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

New Delhi needs both nations’ help to advance its trade, anti-terror agenda US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia has gone off better than many had expected. President Trump allayed fears of being aggressive in his approach when he told his hosts that he had arrived not to lecture them...

Think now | Voltaire

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw...


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