The worrying tale of two States

Friday, 28 Feb 2014 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Time will tell whether the creation of a Telangana State will benefit the people or allow for a return of the ultra-Left Now that the Telangana Bill is awaiting the President’s nod, what would be its political and electoral repercussions in Andhra Pradesh? Will the Congress’s calculations go awry if the...

Ignored wails of the valley’s widows

Friday, 28 Feb 2014 | Ashutosh Sharma | in Oped

Fighting social maltreatment and apathy is a matter of routine for the destitute women widowed by conflict in Jammu & Kashmir Parveez Akhtar fails to conceal her vulnerability, wincing occasionally while recounting her personal encounters with tragedies and treacheries in life — shattered by violent conflict and social maltreatment — which...

In Beijing, sound and fury signify nothing

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

While China has undoubtedly been vocal in its opposition to the Dalai Lama-Barack Obama meeting, it has also been pragmatic enough to continue its relations with the US in the business-as-usual mode During his visit to Beijing earlier this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry probably informed his Chinese ‘friends’...

Intolerant to criticism

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Pioneer | in Edit

Shinde gives away Congress plan to crush media Given Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde's record of putting his foot in the mouth, his political gaffes now neither come as a surprise nor do they deserve any attention in the usual course. Yet, even by the low standards set by the Union Minister...

Break and make politics

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Pioneer | in Edit

Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar stand exposed Two conclusions can be arrived at from the political drama that the country has witnessed over the past few days in Bihar. The first is that the Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Lalu Prasad is not in the best of health. And the second...

Wrong policies lead to failures

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

To balance out China, we need to build national power, and especially military power and a vibrant defence industry. Then, China will take Indian diplomacy and border talks seriously. Also, New Delhi's ‘Look East' policy will appear more robust The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Mr Narendra Modi, is probably the only...

Show some concern for the little birds

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Animal rights activists must demand the replacement of the battery cage for hens, which is a cruel form of confinement of the birds, with the free range method One of the cruellest ways of exploiting non-human living beings to satisfy human greed for profit is the confinement of hens in battery...

Environmental norms must not be relaxed

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Many State Governments hope that untying the environmental regulatory knot will unleash a new burst of economic growth. But the authorities have to realise that a regulated growth is also responsible growth Relaxation of norms pertaining to environment seems to be the trend, if some of the recent developments are...

Think now | C JoyBell C , Author

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

Never do a single thing in the anticipation to prove something to someone who has hurt you. If someone has hurt or offended you (whoever that person may be), never perform anything or strive for anything in your life with the mind of proving something to that someone/ to those...

Countdown for the Congress has begun

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | Rajesh Singh | in Edit

Opinion polls are projecting a massive defeat for the Congress in the Lok Sabha poll. If they are proved right, whom will the party blame for the disaster? The weather, maybe, but certainly not Rahul Gandhi! Only a few months ago, in the run-up to and immediately after the announcement of...


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