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Of bleeding hearts and jerking knees

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Padma Rao Sundarji | in Edit

Even the Sri Lankan Tamils who had once called out the loudest for Eelam now want self-determination and autonomy, a third solution. They want it within Sri Lanka, and not by breaking the island nation After 25 years in journalism and within five minutes of filing a story on Sri Lanka,...

Incorrigible Congress

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Minutes after blast, party leader tweets politics Senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad's unwarranted remark soon after a terror attack near the Bharatiya Janata Party's office in Bangalore on Wednesday reflects the mindset of his party. Although senior leaders of the Congress rushed to downplay Mr Ahmad's statement that the blasts will...

Wanted, and not wanted

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Is this end of the road for Pervez Musharraf ? The former President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, may have fled from court to evade arrest on Thursday, but he can’t ignore the fact that he is fast approaching the end of the road. That he once led the Pakistani Army...

Infatuated with foreign brands

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

A fish rots from the head. That is precisely the reason for India's innovation lag. Our policymakers never bothered to roll up their sleeves for the cause. There is hardly any constructive policy to encourage such activities in the country The opening of the first Starbucks outlet in South Mumbai in...

Law which is is not secular

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Free India's Constitution pledged to make everyone equal. But Shariat courts turn this belief on its head India is not alone in feeling threatened by the operation of Shariat courts, which negate modern secular jurisprudence, hinging on equality of all citizens. Britain too is grappling with the disastrous fallout of mediation...

Congress, BJP must set their house in order

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Placing the country's rein in the hands of regional satraps who are pulling in different directions, is not a desirable option Will the shrinking of the UPA and the NDA give way to a regrouping of political parties? While the past decade has seen the rule of these two fronts, the...

Managing the ‚Äėchance' element in business

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Much of human history is the result of unforeseen developments and decisions. This truism applies equally well to modern-day businesses wherein the key to success lies in being forever fully prepared to face such contingencies Everyone faces many types of risks. The risks are not necessarily to life and limb, or...

Where have all the Pirs and Sufi saints gone?

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | Gautam Mukherjee | in Edit

The rise of fundamentalist Islam through the Wahhabi movement of Saudi Arabia has led to the hardening of positions among various Muslim groups in the country. The trend is reflected in the country’s politics Listening to a retired Secretary of the Government of India from Kashmir, an elegant, dignified and polished...

Nip threat in the bud

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Don’t let Maoists secure base in the North-East All elements that have a stake in the country's security and territorial integrity must treat with grave urgency the Union Ministry of Home Affairs' warning about the spread of Maoist violence outside the existing Red corridor. According to reports, the Ministry has circulated...

Pride must not be dented

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Hope Gir lions will flourish elsewhere too With Monday's Supreme Court ruling, at least part of the pride of Gujarat is poised to shift to Madhya Pradesh. Some of the 400-plus lions of the Gir Forest National Park will be relocated. The move to do so had been vehemently opposed by...


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