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...

Food for thought: Waste not, want not

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

By choosing organic foods that have less of an environmental impact, proper meal planning and effective reusing of leftovers, we can help reduce our foodprint Globally, food wastage has deep economic implications but increasingly the environmental impact of the same is assuming serious proportions as it is leading to wasteful use...

Think now | APJ Abdul Kalam , Former President

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers. This is my belief: That through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search...

Strange are the ways of veteran leaders

Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 | Rajesh Singh | in Edit

It is true that Shivraj Singh Chouhan has performed admirably, and that the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister deserves credit for it. But why did LK Advani have to compare him to another BJP stalwart, Narendra Modi? When Jawaharlal Nehru visited Goa after it was liberated from Portuguese rule, he had reportedly...

RTI on political parties

Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

All this is fine, but poll reforms hold the key The Central Information Commission's decision to bring national political parties within the ambit of the Right to Information Act has stirred a hornet's nest. While it is unclear how the issue will pan out in the long term, the fact is...


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