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Few options and many pitfalls

Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | in Oped

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will have to bear in mind that, when the Army is out of power, it seeks to destabilise the situation internally and create conditions where foreign Governments actively seek a coup So what’s so special about Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s visit to India? Going by the...

Bengal gets ready for another battle

Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

The panchayat election will determine whether the Trinamool Congress has kept its hold or that it is slowly but surely slipping as 2014 comes Elections are a challenge for political parties with the biggest stakes. Therefore, converting the scheduling of dates into a full blown drama is one way of...

Nation's health needs critical care

Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | Shiv Basant | in Oped

If we continue to fool around with basic issues, we will be jeopardising the long-term interests of the nation and perpetuating mass poverty, illness and deprivation. People will surely back the right policies The UPA Government’s ambitious National Rural Health Mission was conceived with the laudable intent of improving...

Think now | Sri Sri Ravi Shankar , Indian spiritual leader

Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

For those who do not have faith in God, fear is a way to protect them. But if faith is strong, there is no anxiety — faith in the divine and faith in one's faith. You know everything is being protected, and everything is being taken care of. When...

Justice is crumbling, but no one bothers

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | Joginder Singh | in Edit

India’s Parliament and State Assemblies have many law-makers who have criminal records. Thus, it’s no wonder that few steps have been taken to improve the country’s outdated criminal justice system There is an old saying, which clearly has been forgotten in this country: ‘In a democracy, you can fool some...

Politics of language

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Centre shouldn’t have reversed UPSC decision The Union Government has been unwise to put on hold the Union Public Service Commission's decision to make proficiency in English a requirement for aspiring public servants. The UPSC's March 5 notification that the marks secured by a candidate in the English language paper...

Cultural fascism at work

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Desecration of statue in Kerala is worrisome The recent act of vandalising of a statue of OV Vijayan, renowned novelist, philosopher, journalist and cartoonist, and a grove developed in his name at a school at Kottakkal in Kerala's Muslim-majority Malappuram district, was prompted by the same intolerant attitude, cultural...

Vatican must reach out to others

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

The world has a lot of expectations from Pope Francis. But the spotlight, as far as the East is concerned, will be on how well he conducts inter-faith dialogues with Islam and Indic religions. His predecessor appeared less than enthusiastic on the issue An estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the...

So far so good, but danger lies ahead

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The US-South Korean exercises have gone off well, but the risk of a miscalculation, first in Pyongyang and then in Seoul, is very real The joint US-South Korean military exercises known as ‘Key Resolve’ and ‘Foal Eagle’ have got underway, and so far the heavens have not fallen. The American forces...

Purge Bharat of manual scavenging

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | Devender Singh | in Oped

The Union Government should urgently pass a legislation to tackle this disgrace to society. It must then without delay frame rules for effective and speedy implementation of the Act, so that the dignity of sanitary workers is upheld In one of his most prescient speech in the Constituent Assembly on...


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