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Sheep in the midst of wolves

Monday, 01 Jul 2013 | Kanchi Gupta | in Oped

In voting for a moderate President, Iranians have demonstrated their desire to overcome continued political isolation, marked by significant economic deterioration and disappearing democratic accountability. Can Mr Rouhani overcome challenges and deliver? The election of former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani as the 11th Iranian President has surprised many. President-elect Rouhani and...

God’s wrath on Dev bhoomi

Monday, 01 Jul 2013 | Ashwani Lohani | in Oped

Now is the time for us to return to nature what we have looted. We must restore Uttarakhand to its pristine glory Is it not ironic that Dev bhoomi should have suffered the wrath of the gods, and people, most of them devotees, suffered like no human should ever have...

Valley’s separatist-sounding netas

Monday, 01 Jul 2013 | Hari Om | in Oped

The weak-kneed policies of the Congress-led UPA regime have emboldened Kashmir’s leaders to the extent that they are brazenly promoting anti-India, pro-Pakistani causes in J&K Gone are the days when Kashmiri leaders like Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad and Ghulam Mohammad Sadiq used to take up cudgels against the likes of Sheikh Mohammad...

Talking to the Taliban

Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | Wilson John | in Oped

What was the point, many were asking in Kabul, Washington and other capitals this week, of thousands of people dying in the so-called “war on terror” when America eventually had to negotiate with the Taliban? Meanwhile, the Pakistanis are celebrating Early this week, there was a sudden flurry of activity in...

Pax Americana, while the world sleeps

Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | Kamal Mitra Chenoy | in Oped

Edward Snowden is a world hero for exposing America’s forked tongue on democracy and liberty. But no country, including India, is willing to give him protection There is a traditional saying that what is good for America is good for the world. In its effort to strengthen its surveillance over not...

Coming up, ‘diplomacy on terror’

Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | Ajey Lele | in Oped

America has practically admitted through his declaration of willingness to talk to the Taliban the end of its twelve-year-long “war on terror”. But will “diplomacy on terror” work? Unlikely. One of the widely quoted views of Winston Churchill goes like this, “The Americans can always be trusted to do the right...

Allowing fanatics a free run

Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

Massive cuts in educational investments by developed countries such as the United States will only result in the growth of radical learning groups across the globe. The dangerous consequences to follow cannot be over-emphasised A nation’s education system is deemed to be one of the most vital pillars of a strong...

Beginning of the endgame

Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | Jyotsna Bakshi | in Oped

Is there any chance that the Taliban will change heart and work towards peace? Will their mentors agree? The Afghan endgame prior to the scheduled withdrawal of the US-Nato troops in 2014 has begun to unfold. On June 18, the leading responsibility for maintaining the security of Afghanistan was formally handed...

This isn’t the occasion to play petty politics

Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The political class must stop shedding crocodile tears and contribute to relief work in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand Natural calamities like floods, droughts, earthquakes and cyclones are nothing new. People are used to dealing with the vagaries of nature. But at times it is the magnitude of nature’s fury, which worries. We have...

When the hills came crashing down

Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

From why public sector units have contributed little to relief efforts even though they are otherwise quick to ‘donate’ money, to the crass games of one-upmanship played by the political class — there are many unanswered questions about the Uttarakhand tragedy There is something about the continuing depredation in Uttarakhand which...


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