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Cordial and meaningless

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Singh-Sharif talks were as drab as expected The meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on September 29 was not expected to achieve anything substantial, and it did not. Both leaders agreed on the need for the Directors-General of Military Operation of India and Pakistan to...

One man’s loss is another’s gain

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | in Oped

The West may accuse India of playing a dangerous game in Afghanistan. But by baiting Pakistan into exacerbating its self-destructive nature, New Delhi has provided the US and its allies a scapegoat and isolated Islamabad post-2014 The secret is finally out. India does not have anything lethal to supply Afghanistan. Despite...

Border line tales of lives wasted

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 | Varun Suthra | in Oped

Decades of tension along the Line of Control have taken a toll on the mental health of those who live in the region, writes Varun Suthra Neither had they brought upon the wars nor had they created borders. But they have been the ones paying the price for incessant conflict between...

Politics of untruth and half-truth

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 | Hari Om | in Oped

Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has been repeatedly asserting that the State has not ‘merged’ with India and that it has only ‘acceded’. The play of words disguises his failure to reconcile with the reality Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is a bitter critic of the Constitution...

Think now | Gautama Buddha

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred, but gives it room to grow. Ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred....

Combat ideology and guns simultaneously

Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Behind the hands that pull the trigger and brandish the sword, is a mind that interprets the world in terms of religious obligations of the faithful versus the infidel. This indoctrination has been going on for centuries Three incidents last week — deadly explosions in Peshawar, Pakistan, a terrorist hold-up in...

Another button on EVM

Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Minus poll reform, right to reject is meaningless The Supreme Court's ruling on Friday that voters must be given the right to reject candidates contesting an election, is welcome to the extent that the electorate can now, on record, discard candidates just as it has been electing them since independence. In...

Return of the typewriters

Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Snoopers feed easily on computer documents Long after its obituary had been written, the humble typewriter is making a comeback for the unlikeliest reasons and in the unlikeliest places. There are reports that the Indian High Commission in the UK and certain offices of the Russian Government have switched over to...

Army is the new punching bag

Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | MG Devasahayam | in Oped

Some well-entrenched vested interests are out to destroy the institutional integrity of the Army. Unfortunately, it appears that sections of the UPA Government are in collusion with these elements, The attacks on VK Singh are an indication of that A major controversy has broken out over a leaked report in The...

Decay and death of our heritage sites

Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | Anirban Ganguly | in Oped

Cultural landmarks of the country are languishing for want of proper care and protection. Humayun’s Tomb has been refurbished; others too deserve attention ...


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