Think now | Saint Tukaram, 17th century Marathi poet

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

If men are habitations of God, we should fall at their feet But we should leave alone their habits and goals. Fire is good to drive away cold But you must not tie it up And carry it around in a cloth. Tuka says, ‘A scorpion or a snake is...

Protecting one's own, no matter the cost

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Joginder Singh | in Edit

Bureaucrats freely bend the rules to please their political bosses because they know the latter will shield them from the law. In the process, good governance takes a huge hit Last month, the Supreme Court questioned the credibility of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the coal block allocation scam....

Dangerous politics

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Akhilesh Yadav wants to free terror accused It is not just preposterous but also shocking that the Uttar Pradesh Government has been straining every nerve to release a bunch of persons accused of terror charges. The fact that these persons happen to belong to the minority community explains Chief Minister Akhilesh...

Nawaz Sharif must act

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Rawalpindi pokes India in the eye, yet again Even as the just sworn-in Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Nawaz Sharif, has been issuing statements of reconciliation with India, his Army has yet again breached the ceasefire along the Line of Control and shot an Indian soldier. It is entirely possible that...

Old friends, new challenges

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

India's relations with Japan are important not only for its economic development but also because Japan is India's natural and indispensable ally in its quest for stability and peace in the region, especially in the Indo-Pacific and East Asia Of all the recent summit-level meetings Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had with...

How much longer will the carnage last?

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Shams Tamanna | in Oped

The Maoists are now funded through extortion and killings, and they don’t work for the benefit of the people, writes SHAMS TAMANNA The recent attack by Maoists in south Chhattisgarh, where top- ranking Congress leaders of Chhattisgarh were killed, is the biggest attack against Indian politics so far. Eye-witness accounts seem to...

Neither guns nor money will work

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

If the Government wants to solve the Maoist problem, it has to take governance to the country’s remote areas, especially the tribal-dominated regions. Development has to match the needs and wishes of the local people Three years back, the then Union Minister for Home Affairs P Chidambaram had set a...

Think now | Aristotle , Greek philosopher

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many options — choice, not chance, determines your destiny. All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion,...

Nitish Kumar will pay for obstinacy

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 | Rajesh Singh | in Plain Talk

Nitish Kumar and his supporters have been going around consoling themselves that there is no need to read much into the loss of one Lok Sabha seat, and that defeat in one constituency does not reflect the mood of the people of the State. In ordinary circumstances, that would...

If there’s no breaking news, break the news

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

There is a craving for sensational news. It's only natural that competing news channels and newspapers should pander to that craving, while covering the BJP's National Executive meet that concludes in Goa The extraordinary interest shown by media in the BJP’s two-day National Executive meeting that concludes in Goa today could...


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