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You don’t need rocket science

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

While the big-ticket technology ideas are fine, it’s the small ideas that will make the real difference in the lives of most citizens. After all, the multiplier impact of a lot of small ideas is indeed big. The Government too will benefit from such initiatives Recently on a dive across northern...

Regime that is not accountable at all

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress Government have now become completely insensitive, callous and arrogant Democracy is about winning elections and then testing the popular vote over and over again. Shying away from such tests is a giveaway. Dismissing state violence as a “petty incident”, using the...

This innovation has led nowhere

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 | Satish Jha | in Oped

India can make a cheap tablet provided it sets up a programme to do so, creates a $250 million research and development budget, and gets on board a global team with a proven track record of creating products for the future Aakash, India’s low cost computer for education, is back in...

Own up and be accountable

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 | Pc Sharma | in Oped

Sri Lanka is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, therefore, any inquiry into violations of human rights in its geographical jurisdiction should not be deemed as an infringement of the country’s sovereignty The universality of human rights cannot be questioned. Danger to human rights anywhere...

Grit and purpose pays in the end

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 | Shailendra Sinha | in Oped

The story of one woman's perseverance to empower other women of her community provides encouragement for all of India to follow her example, writes Shailendra Sinha The struggles and achievements of many faceless rural women are largely missing from our mainstream media which has been highlighting the achievements of women...

Mubarak to Morsi, little has changed

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 | Atul K Thakur | in Oped

There was some hope that, with a new regime coming to power in Cairo, bilateral ties between India and Egypt would improve. But a recent visit of the Egyptian presidential delegation has proved that the glorious Nehru-Nasser era is over In 1975, when Hosni Mubarak was appointed as the Vice...

The message for 2014

Saturday, 06 Apr 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

There was a touch of inevitability about last week’s decision by the BJP high command to make a clean breast of its 2014 plans with Narendra Modi at the centre. But more real steps like giving him the levers of the election machinery may be in the offing If the organisational...

BJP versus itself

Saturday, 06 Apr 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

There is no evidence in the BJP’s intellectual output of awareness that the nation is crying for freedom from corruption and political immorality. Can Modi change that? Mulayam Singh Yadav may be characterised as an opportunist, but his voice carries importance in politics. In spite of being an ally of the...

Nitish waiting, and watching

Saturday, 06 Apr 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

The BJP’s top honchos are confident that the “upper caste vote” is theirs for the asking and should assure it a good harvest of seats in the event of Nitish walking out of the alliance. This smugness suits the wily Nitish, as he knows he has already reduced the saffronites...

Salvation on the river’s edge

Friday, 05 Apr 2013 | Soumen Mukherjee | in Oped

The various ghats on the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi have drawn millions of devotees from across the world to this ancient city. Every ghat has a speciality and a purpose to suit the needs of the faithful Varanasi, also called Benaras by the locals or Kashi Nagri in religious...


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