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Tricky issue of personal choice

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | B Ashok | in Oped

Sexual orientation is not a matter that society or polity should impose upon an individual. At the same time, minority expressions must not upset the values which a silent majority would like to maintain The statements by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, both Members of Parliament, supporting...

Lot more requires to be done

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

While the December 16 victim's attackers will most likely face the hangman's noose within a few years, several other rapists roam around free, in some cases even continuing to threaten violence on their victims and the latter’s families She and her friend went to watch Life of Pi at a cinema...

Childhood pawned to make ends meet

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | Manjula Pal | in Oped

Despite the many measures to curb it, the menace of child labour continues to trouble society and the law enforcing machinery. It is time we got serious A loose definition of a child labour is one who is under the age of 18 and made to work in some way that...

Tilt that turned out to be futile

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | Ranjit B Rai | in Oped

One of the highlights of the 1971 war was the US’s open and brazen support to Pakistan against India. Nixon and Kissinger did all they could to help their ally, but could not prevent the latter’s humiliation The United Nations’ ceasefire of December 16, 1971, marked the end of the...

AAP should shed its arrogance

Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

In a coalition era, a party cannot insist that it will form a Government only if it is elected with a full majority. It makes no practical sense and does not take the ground reality into consideration. The stance also smacks of political obstinacy and inflexibility The country is going gaga...

Spying like in the good old days

Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

East Timor has been rocked by the news that Australia had been snooping on it. Caught off-guard, Canberra is struggling to contain the damage. It’s best to pay off And now for something completely different: A spy story that isn't about Edward Snowden's disclosures and the US National Security Agency's surveillance...

Protest that is catching on fast

Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | Olga Monchak | in Oped

Euromaidan is all about fighting for justice, for safety, for dignity. One will not see violence here, or get the smell of alcohol. The people of Ukraine have been aroused. They won’t accept suppression any more Over a million people came out into the streets of Kiev last week. It is...

Bill will not scare away minorities

Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 | Kumar Uttam | in Oped

The controversial Communal Violence Bill was seen as a viable solution to stop Modi's march to Delhi. But if the 4-0 drubbing in the four Assembly elections is any indication, backward communities and minorities do not see the Congress as their only saviour A Home Ministry report presented to the National...

Govt must listen to citizens

Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 | Narender Kumar | in Oped

It's high time the government and the all the political parties understood the power of the informed citizens Despite being the largest democracy, India is still on the path of evolution to merit the title. In an exceptionally diverse country like ours, the only acceptable form of governance is deliberative democracy,...

Stop appeasement, pass Communal Bill

Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 | Mujtaba Khan | in Oped

The haste shown by the Congress in pushing the Communal Violence Bill on the eve of the Lok Sabha election smacks of hypocrisy. Now the BJP should support the modified Bill to prove its change of heart It is a tragedy that whenever any pro-minority or pro-Dalit policy initiative is mooted...


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