Let us hope for the best

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

It’s his third chance; Nawaz Sharif has to deliver As Mr Nawaz Sharif took oath from President Asif Ali Zardari, after being formally elected as Prime Minister by the National Assembly, he scripted the beginning of a new chapter, both in his own political career and in Pakistani history. The...

Take a leaf out of Murthy’s book

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy created wealth through capitalism and prudently distributed it to his people as an exemplar of socialism. He showed that it is possible to build a business empire with socialist values The poster boy of Indian entrepreneurs of the 21st century, NR Narayana Murthy, is back in...

West’s liberal paradox

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Some leaders of the pro-democracy First World continue to perpetuate monarchy with the Church’s help Indians, given to self-flagellation over flouting of the secular and democratic ideal in governance, policy-making, development and public life, need to ponder over two recent events that captured the Western media’s attention in a conspicuous way....

An open war within the party with a difference

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Advani is consistently making it clear that the BJP's poster-boy is not his choice for the top job. He is willing to back anyone but Mr Modi It was at the BJP national executive meeting in Goa when senior leader LK Advani and the party backed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi...

Not tall enough for the Prime Minister's chair

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 | CP Bhamri | in Oped

Mulayam Singh Yadav is no doubt a powerful leader with much popular support. But his decades-long political career, during the course of which he failed to develop his State, is proof of why he's not fit to lead the country For a seasoned leader like Mulayam Singh Yadav, it is perfectly...

Things are changing. Better be cool, Mr Xi

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Millions of Chinese are craving for more freedom to express their problems and their aspirations. This could well be the beginning, even if small, of a sort of democratic process in the Communist nation Is Mr Xi cool? No, according to a Beijing-based business magazine, The Investor Journal, which was swiftly...

Dark side of glamour

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Show business is very unforgiving Inspired by Angelina Jolie's character in the biopic Gia, a starry-eyed 16-year-old Nafisa Khan had changed her name to Jiah. But at that time, little did she know how eerily similar her own life would be to that of the American fashion model, Gia Carangi, who...

Virtues of reconciliation

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Government, Vodafone must end the conflict It is good that the dispute between the Union Government and Vodafone Group Plc over the payment of more than Rs 11,000 crore as tax, is heading towards reconciliation. The issue had snowballed into a major crisis in 2012 after the Supreme Court had ruled...

Being ready for any eventuality

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

India needs an indigenous sub-sonic long-range land attack cruise missile capability if it has to deter Pakistan from using nuclear weapons. Ballistic missiles will be of no use in the eventuality of a nuclear attack by the neighbouring country The single-most important challenge for new Defence Research and Development Organisation chief...

Early signs of a violent mindset

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

It is wrong to believe that brutality towards animals has a limited fall-out. Police indifference to crimes against animals has grave implications for society Three examples from Vadodara, Mumbai and Delhi respectively underline how the response of the police in India leaves much to be desired in cases of crimes against...


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