Identify the disease, then cure it

Monday, 13 May 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

The Bharatiya Janata Party must seriously introspect whether raking up corruption issues alone will yield the desired results in the next Lok Sabha election. After all, many tainted leaders have been re-elected to the Karnataka House Even as the much expected result of the Karnataka Assembly election was trickling in, political...

Chinese aspirations and Indian interests

Saturday, 11 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

The growing opaqueness in India’s relations with China is contributing heavily to the possibility of the outbreak of war by miscalculation of each other’s intentions. The time has come for induction of some fresh air into the rancid corridors of South Block What is really happening on the Sino-Indian front? ...

Lingering mistrust

Saturday, 11 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

...and the Indian media’s visceral grip over the voice of the foreign office became this week the dominant themes of India’s relations with its two most important neighbours India’s relations with Pakistan and with China, by dint of historical baggage and continuing incongruence over a host of issues, strike at the...

Media hotheads pose threat to enduring peace

Saturday, 11 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

Pakistan goes to the polls today but few in India understand its historic importance. Even fewer notice that “Kashmir” and India-baiting did not figure in the manifestos of any of the key contestants. The reason? Hysterical TV anchors who can’t see beyond Sarabjit Let us hope that the election results...

Politics is complicated math

Friday, 10 May 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

The corruption card is overstated and over-hyped. It appears as if allies and perception management play a bigger role in deciding elections than actual facts related to corruption and plunder Normally, it is difficult for me to be cynical like media pundits generally are. But after looking at election results...

A more humane credo needed

Friday, 10 May 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Using animals for various medical tests is an inhuman practice. It also goes against the Indian ethos of ahimsa The European Union is reported to have banned sale of cosmetics, including products from India, which have been tested on animals. The United States' Food and Drug Administration also does...

Indigenous enterprises deserve a leg-up

Friday, 10 May 2013 | Manjula Pal | in Oped

Government's apathy towards industry, research and development has pushed manufacturers to become traders and component assemblers Ever since this country gained independence the one area that has been, and continues to be totally neglected by successive Governments is without doubt the manufacturing sector. Be it granting of funds for research...

Pakistan’s bloody road to democracy

Friday, 10 May 2013 | CP Bhamri | in Oped

For the first time in its history, a civilian Government in Islamabad has completed its full-term and will hand over power to another elected regime. However, the military and the jihadists continue to threaten civilian rule in that country Sarabjit Singh’s tragic end in Pakistan understandably evoked strong reactions in...

Let’s prepare for the inevitable

Thursday, 09 May 2013 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Once China made the desired gains at the strategic, operational and tactical levels, it stepped back, in true Chinese style of ‘confrontation and cooperation' diplomacy. At the strategic level, it brought India's political leadership under enormous psychological pressure Clarity on the disputed border between India and China will help...

Mischief-makers will not sit idle

Thursday, 09 May 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Bangladesh's Prime Minister has acted tough against perpetrators of violence unleashed by the Opposition. She must follow it up by continued strong action Hefazat-e-Islam warriors and their leaders had announced repeatedly that they would rather die than leave the Shapla Chattar area of Dhaka, where they had been allowed to...


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