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For many, road safety is a load

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

We talk of genocides and ethnic cleansing inside India, but how and why we do not consider road safety to be one of the biggest crises in India, would puzzle many in the outside world. With a million road accident deaths over a decade, we must wake up A few weeks...

Scoring goals in a democratic way

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

West Bengal's notoriously confrontational and violent politics is a nightmare for any election machinery tasked with holding the polls It was Mamata Banerjee's promise of poriborton to wrap West Bengal in distinctions that would restore the State to its former glory as the first among equals. She has done so by...

ISI lends Maoists helping hand

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | RK Ohri | in Oped

Not only are Pakistan-based elements training and funding insurgents in India, together they are also plotting to radicalise the Muslims here to eventually dismember the country In the aftermath of the recent Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, the time has come to question the Union Government’s studied silence on the enormous...

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...


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