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Choosing the right alternative

Thursday, 15 Feb 2018 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

An all-out war with Pakistan is out of the question. A tactical nuclear war too is not in our interest. The need, therefore, is to strengthen the IAF so as to acquire a true surgical strike option An usual script followed the recent terrorists’ attack on the Sunjuwan Army base. Defence...

Tripura's tryst with destiny

Thursday, 15 Feb 2018 | Sanju Verma | in Oped

After suffering decades of geographical isolation and humiliation, Tripura has a chance to uproot a decaying Marxist administration. It will be now or never Tripura, which goes to poll on February 18, graduated from being a Union Territory to being a State in 1972. Being a relatively young State endowed with...

Beware of water crisis ahead

Thursday, 15 Feb 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

India must decide on its future course of action to save the Himalayan ecology which is under severe threat due to the vagaries of climate change. If left unchecked, this can impact the volume of our waterways Sometime in the not-so-distant future, our upcoming generations will wonder why their ancestors, which...

Why military reforms are always elusive

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

Rhetoric like ‘India is prepared for a two-front war’ will not change realities. Only careful planning and budgeting will fuel defence modernisation and cut manpower costs. We must learn from the UK Keeping his promise of making America great again, Pentagon has been given the biggest ever defence Budget in the...

BJP's dilemma

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Alliance with PDP in J&K is damaging party nationally; pulling out would also be a setback The decision of the BJP to ally with the ‘soft separatist' PDP led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and after his demise by his daughter Mehbooba Mufti in the aftermath of the 2014 Assembly poll when...

Greening India

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Marginal rise in forest cover is welcome. Focus must now be on spreading green canopy When it comes to rankings on environmental indices, seldom does India have a cheer-worthy statistic. But going by the Indian State of Forest Report, our forest cover has increased by one per cent in the last...

Teachers’ training needs attention

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

Teacher shortage, quality of teaching-learning processes and learning outcomes are some of the new challenges that the Indian education system is facing today The great demographic dividend of India can easily turn into a curse if over the next decade the education system is not overhauled completely to transform from input-based...

A day of both faith and fashion

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

The tradition of Maha Shivaratri rubs shoulders with Valentine’s Day, even as market and technology continue to influence and capitalise on this happenstance On this day, tradition and modernity shall be in full display. Millions will throng to the temples to offer obeisance to Lord Shiva on Maha Shivaratri. Across the...

Waking up a sleepy Opposition

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The BJP juggernaut is almost unstoppable now. To stop this resurgence, the Opposition must put its house in order. For any viable united electoral plan, the Congress has to reinvent itself and recover its traditional strongholds What is the main challenge before the Congress, which dreams of containing the resurgent Bharatiya...

No end to roadblock in the Rajya Sabha

Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Given the problems faced by Governments in seeing through legislative work in the Upper House, one wonders whether N Gopalaswami Ayyangar failed to foresee what the Congress would do seven decades hence One of the drawbacks of a bicameral Parliament in a federal state like India is that victory in a...


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