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Reality in dreamworld

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Assault on female actor, arrest of a superstar rock Kerala and its film industry The Kerala film industry is currently in the news for all the wrong reasons: The arrest of a superstar in a case pertaining to the conspiracy behind the abduction and assault of a leading female actor, his...

Nitish Kumar’s dilemma

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

If he sacks Tejashwi, grand coalition is in trouble; if he doesn’t, his image suffers With every passing day, the future of the grand alliance in Bihar is coming under increasing strain. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's personal credibility and image of a clean leader is being tested in the wake of...

Untangling India’s financial services

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

The nation’s finance sector cannot operate without due recognition of social realities. Neither can interventions be solved in isolation. A clear line of vision is needed There are so many balls in the air today that it is increasingly becoming difficult to understand what the speed of each one is....

Of budgetary allocations and electoral promises

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

The Adityanath Government’s Budget is a mixed bag. While it gives preference to infrastructure, roads, and farm-loan waivers, it seems to have forgotten the commitment it made to grassroot level schemes during its election campaign. Nevertheless, the Government gets the thumbs up When Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal presented...

Think now | Valmiki Ramayan

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Pioneer | in Oped

You cannot count on the physical proximity of someone you love, all the time. A seed that sprouts at the foot of its parent tree remains stunted until it is transplanted. Rama will be in my care, and he will be quite well. But ultimately, he will leave me too....

Democratisation in the Gulf

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Anish VR | in Oped

The happenings in Qatar must be assessed along religious lines and not strategically. The crisis is the beginning of an effort to end democratisation process that was initiated since the Tunisian revolution Sanctions as a diplomatic tool to persuade and compel behaviour of states has been employed since the beginning of...

‘Maid in India’ episode is part of larger problem

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

The number of illegal aliens grows, menacingly and threateningly, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and, if not “Attock to Cuttack”, a phrase recently used by the Prime Minister, then definitely from Mysuru to Malda This past week, India’s National Capital Region was witness to a first of its kind violent incident. A...

Rahul Gandhi in a quandary on party’s leadership in States

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 | Hari shankar vyas | in GupShup

C ongress vice president Rahul Gandhi appears to be continuing with his experimentation. First, he experimented with appointments of presidents of the NSUI and the Youth Congress through elections. It is another matter that only the prodigies of veteran leaders won. Soon, the process was abandoned. Now, ahead of finalising...

The deadliest sin

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Mahatma Gandhi talked about seven social sins in his weekly newspaper Young India on October 22, 1925. Those seven sins were wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, religion without sacrifice and politics without principles. While all these sins are the curse...

Bengal regressing to pre-1965 days

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The eruption of sectarian antagonism in West Bengal has come as a great surprise to those who have an idealised image of the State as a bastion of so-called ‘progressive’ thinking. The surprise is unwarranted. The first half of the 20th century marked Bengal as a communal hotspot. Between the collapse...


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