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Coming soon from Telangana

Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 | Omer Farooq | in Oped

A historic achievement on July 31 closes a bitter episode and opens another. Watch this space for water wars, capital wrangles and new State demands History will see Telangana, the 29th state of the Republic, as an example of how an insensitive and arrogant ruling class can create so much...

Mamata Banerjee has reignited Gorkhaland

Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 | Saugar Sengupta | in Oped

The renewed call for “Gorkhaland” this week is the result of Mamata Banerjee’s insensitivity and arrogance. As firebrand Opposition leader she had encouraged the reopening of an old, settled question, and as Chief Minister she slighted the Hills’ people The demand for a separate State of Gorkhaland is perhaps the...

FTA is a bane for Indian economy

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

When it comes to poverty reduction, the world doesn't really require such hollow and lopsided policies like free trade agreements. Rather, what we require are fairer wealth distribution programmes In a recent comment, the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi expressed grave concerns on the outcome of a little known Free Trade...

It's all about the family

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 | Kumar Chellappan | in Oped

With the clamour for creating smaller States getting shriller, Tamil Nadu’s politicians will try to stir the pot The repercussions of the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Seemandhra have been felt across the country. Demands are pouring from different States for carving out more small States from the...

Time to restore lost sheen of Parliament

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

With the Monsoon Session underway, it is for the elected representatives to ensure the smooth functioning of the House It is early days yet, but it remains to be seen whether in the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament our lawmakers will, in all earnestness, debate the crucial issues wracking...

Let innovation be a life principle

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Innovation is often understood as the attempt to do the same thing in a quicker, different or more elegant manner. Unfortunately, this cannot be carried out in a time-bound manner. Indeed, there should be no limits to innovation unless the core technology concerned becomes obsolete Innovation is the applied aspect of...

Al Qaeda isn’t going away soon

Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 | Mayuri Mukherjee | in Oped

The ‘Syria problem' is playing out in other post-Arab Spring countries, from Libya to Tunisia and Egypt, where the space vacated by despotic regimes has been taken over by Islamic militants. Terror organisations have a ready platform In May, US President Barack Obama said that he was hoping to “refine and...

Terrorists have no heart or soul

Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 | Salman Nizami | in Oped

For all their tall talk about fighting for the rights of Kashmiris, the militants don’t hesitate to shoot innocent citizens of the State in cold blood The conflict in Kashmir has created voids in almost every heart that has either lost its loved ones to the turmoil or still hopes that...

Strike at the backbone of sand mafia

Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

The Government must ensure that construction completed with options to sand can stand the test of time and inspire confidence among people. That can, along with the implementation of laws, check illegal sand mining The recent fracas over the suspension of an IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh in the backdrop of...

Just the ‘bear’ necessities of life

Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 | Gautam Pandey | in Oped

If primates and mammals can hibernate, surely so can humans. At least that’s what many scientists believe. With the secrets of hibernation slowly being revealed, ‘human hibernation' might not be too far-fetched or outside the realm of possibility Millions of years ago, perhaps with the first ice age and the ground...


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