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Taking chances that might fail

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now perhaps over-confident about her connection to the voter, and uneasy about it too. That’s the problem Along with the dynamics, the compulsions that steer the trade- mark actions of political leaders, change. It is a fallacy of the naÔve to expect that the...

Too early to drop one’s guard

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | Atul K Thakur | in Oped

India must work closely with the newly-elected Nawaz Sharif Government in Pakistan. But, while it must explore enhancing relations in areas of trade, New Delhi must remain vigilant all the time Mr Nawaz Sharif’s return to power and his exuberant shower of constructive announcements offer hope, both to the Pakistani people...

Politics sabotages operations

Monday, 17 Jun 2013 | Sankar Sen | in Oped

Anti-Maoist offensives in many States have suffered due to lack of coordination between the Centre and the States. Unfortunately, politics takes centre-stage when the need of the hour is to single-mindedly tackle these insurgents across the country The deadly attack on the Congress yatra at Sukma in Chhattisgarh was a display...

No longer the place to breathe fresh air

Monday, 17 Jun 2013 | Manjula Pal | in Oped

A dangerous move to commercialise open spaces in parks in Delhi and the National Capital Region is now gathering momentum. It spells doom for these parks There appears to be a sinister move by various agencies with their vested interests to commercialise parks in Delhi and the National Capital Region. There...

Don’t target Iran, look at your conduct

Monday, 17 Jun 2013 | Hassan Rahimi Mazd | in Oped

Israel has mastered the art of telling big lies, in the belief that the bigger the lie, the greater the chance it will be taken as the Gospel truth. That’s what the Israeli envoy to India has done in his recent interaction with The Pioneer, argues Hassan Rahimi Majd The bigger...

Delhiites and their ‚Äėpower‚Äô

Saturday, 15 Jun 2013 | Sanjay Kaul | in Oped

Each time Sheila Dikshit fattens Delhi's two discoms with tariff hikes, we hear wearisomely familiar harangue, but what political parties and civil society end up ignoring are the structural inconsistencies of the privatisation model which gives them a free run Power to the people acquires a completely different context in...

Delhi needs solar power

Saturday, 15 Jun 2013 | Swarn Kumar Anand | in Oped

As the mercury soared this week, Delhi’s power consumption touched an all-time high. All of this is dirty, derived from coal — a dangerous obsession which is hurtling the capital of India to certain doom On Friday June 7, it was reported that the demand for power passed the previous record...

Citizens paying for private sector inefficiency

Saturday, 15 Jun 2013 | Geethanjali Nataraj and Rohit Sinha | in Oped

The technical soundness in the claim that ‘faulty' meters were installed may be contested and the charge of crony capitalism may be debated endlessly. But one thing is clear — the people of Delhi are being made to pay for the discoms' inefficiencies Since the 2002 privatisation, distribution losses have come...

Follow the European model

Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

When will our economic elite shed its pigeon-hole outlook and compulsion with MNCs and glitterati and look beyond, instead, for more practical solutions? It’s time we fall back on SMEs and learn from global experience Pedigreed European brands — from Rolls Royce to BMW, from Armani to Marks and Spencer —...

Differences at a huge cost

Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Before catapulting Modi to NDA’s top job, his supporters need to answer if he has emerged as a credible pan-India leader The most regrettable feature of the unseemly exercise in one-upmanship, marked by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's anointment as chairman of the BJP’s Election Campaign Committee for the 2014 Lok...


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