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Cover ripped apart

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

IPL fixing points to multiple failures Even if it had been the need to ensure a decent living which had motivated the three young cricketers to collude with unscrupulous bookies and spot-fix matches, it would still not be a justification for betraying their game and the country. That it was not...

Freedom with a caveat

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Section 66A stays, but misuse will be difficult It is just as well that the Supreme Court has ruled no person should be arrested without the clearance of senior police officers for posting objectionable content on social media. Of late, we have seen a slew of incidents where the police unceremoniously...

Fallacy of political tourism in Pak

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Subramanian Swamy | in Oped

A lot of Indians are justifiably cheered by Nawaz Sharif’s return to power through an election which saw ordinary Pakistanis defy the Mullahs. But helping this new order with compromises on Kashmir and national identity would be a grave mistake The problem with Indo-Pakistan relation is the deep rooted malaise in...

Good script, now act on it

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

Nawaz Sharif, the comeback kid of Pakistani politics, has once again fired the imagination of optimists in India. But first he must resolve Pakistan’s unique problems Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) is poised to form the next government. Although this had been widely predicted by observers...

Real touchstone is action on 26/11 accused

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

Despite the all-pervasive optimism over progress based on the PM-elect’s personal interest in economic ties with India, it’s unlikely that much would change in Delhi-Islamabad relations. If a change does indeed come, it’s unlikely to come in the short-term and may have nothing to do with Nawaz Sharif Nawaz Sharif’s thumping...

City of monstrous djinns and knaves

Friday, 17 May 2013 | Padma Rao Sundarji | in Edit

Planning and design disasters dot what was once a beautiful city. Sheila Dikshit is a lady of refined taste. And yet, the blame must rest with her Government for not caring to inspect the mushrooming monstrosities Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna’s advice to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit against holding an...

Politics of revenge

Friday, 17 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Centre lets loose CBI on BJP leaders Despite a rap on its knuckles from the Supreme Court for blatantly interfering in the functioning of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Congress-led UPA regime has clearly not cared to mend it ways. Instead, it continues to use the country's premier investigating...

The south’s Mahabharata

Friday, 17 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Battle over Achuthanandan is weakening CPM The decade-old war between the neo-liberalists in the Kerala CPI(M) and party central committee member VS Achuthanandan, a traditional Marxist leader, is not just an internal matter of that party any more, but it is already affecting the political life of the State. The...

A century worth celebrating

Friday, 17 May 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

Film-making has changed, and so has the audience. Hindi films being made now are more realistic and depict the raw emotions of the society that we live in. Yet, a void is felt over the loss of innocence the earlier films depicted Uff! How vividly I remember that summer day —...

It pays to be a sycophant

Friday, 17 May 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Ashwani Kumar had praise for the Prime Minister and others in his resignation speech. Nation never figured Nothing epitomises Congress's oligarchic culture, hinging on a power cabal that centres in a ‘High Command', than disgraced former Union Minister for Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar's parting statement in his own...


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