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The foot soldiers of Hindi

Monday, 16 Sep 2013 | Vivek Shukla | in Oped

The national language has transcended boundaries and found enthusiastic takers amongst foreigners, notwithstanding the fact that it is still unable to shed the disparaging tag of a ‘medium that doesn't yield a job' in the country The anti-Hindi brigade never tires of putting forth the argument that the main impediment to...

Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel winning centenary

Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 | Udayan Namboodiri | in Oped

The first Asian to be named for the Nobel Prize was India’s Rabindranath Tagore. A hundred years ago this month when the announcement was first made, the world held its breath. The search began for the true Tagore, which continues Most people are unaware that Rabindranath Tagore was at the lowest...

Tagore was above nationalism, created new vistas

Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 | Father Felix Raj | in Oped

His music defined modern Indian lyricism and in cinema he was the first to argue for a distinctive language. His nationalism is a subject of much debate but he himself addressed the issue succinctly Rabindra Sangeet, known as Tagore Songs, written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore, is at the heart and...

Let’s keep religion out of politics

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

The communal violence Bill should be passed at the earliest after removing the clauses on ‘majority’ and ‘minority’ and adding provisions that provide justice to victims, irrespective of their religion, caste, sect and region There can be no bigger an embarrassment to a secular democracy than a live and much-publicised rip-off...

A germ of an idea

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | Nilesh Shukla | in Oped

Gujarat has done much to boost the agriculture sector and incentivise farmers. Other States can learn The Narendra Modi Government recently organised the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit, which was the first of its kind initiative in the country that gave farmers the opportunity to learn about the best practices in...

Setting the agenda for 2014 election?

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar demonstrate the indifference of the Uttar Pradesh Government and its sectarian politics Political parties are playing with fire in the name of politics in Uttar Pradesh with an eye only on electoral gains. For them all is fair in elections. The recent communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar...

Maldives gets a second chance at democracy

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | Mayuri Mukherjee | in Oped

By securing the largest vote-share in the September 7 election, deposed President Mohamed Nasheed has re-established his popular credentials. But he still has to complete an uphill trek before he can move back into the Muliaage Nineteen months after their first democratically elected leader was coerced out of office, on September...

Real deterrence avoids conflict

Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

India could offer a powerful confidence-building measure in terms of mutual reduction of mechanised forces. This is actually what the Pakistani Army has been asking for from time to time, and is at the heart of its acquisition of tactical nuclear weapons Even as the world is debating the implications of...

Cannot wish away Afghan troubles

Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

New Delhi’s delusion that taking strong measures to protect its interests in Afghanistan will lead to war in South Asia will cost this country dear It is a pity that scams, the economic crisis, worsening communal tensions and the political uncertainties emerging with the approach of the 2014 parliamentary election, are...

Planning must factor green concerns

Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

The biggest challenge in the expansion of cities is how we are able to effectively use green initiatives and technologies that ensure continued growth but without destroying the environment India, with a population of 1.2 billion, is poised to add a further 300 million within the next few decades. The brunt...


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