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Trust Islamabad, but verify too

Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Mayuri Mukherjee | in Oped

New Delhi has many reasons to welcome Nawaz Sharif's third term as Prime Minister. However, this does not mean that India can throw caution to the winds and let down its guard. The Pakistani Army is still strongly entrenched in its anti-India posture, and so is the ISI On May...

Physical labour is no longer dignified

Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

A mass is not a force. Unless we are taught to apply the knowledge we gain and the information-based education we acquire, such learning is of no use The old gentleman asked, “But what does he actually do?” He had worked hard on the shopfloor all his life to educate...

Piecemeal measures won’t work

Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

The Government needs to have a unified blueprint to tackle environmental challenges; the blueprint should incorporate the principles of economics, which are about how to deal with scarce resources In today’s world the threat perception to environment is serious and organisations as well as Governments are taking evasive measures to...

Think now | Kabir, Sufi poet

Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

I talk to my inner lover, and I say, why such rush? We sense that there is some sort of spirit that loves birds and animals and the ants — perhaps the same one who gave a radiance to you in your mother's womb. Is it logical you would be...

Intrusion and the farce of being friends

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

New Delhi played down the encroachment as a ‘local’ incident, having misread the Chinese intention. There was an intelligence and surveillance lapse. The responsibility for the border is with the Home Ministry, not the Army The unprecedented Chinese incursion into the Depsang plateau in Ladakh should be a wake-up call for...

Of hope with caution

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Friendly visits must be kept on hold for now For peaceniks on both sides of the India-Pakistan border, Mr Nawaz Sharif's return to power in Islamabad has ushered in a season of good cheer. Congratulatory letters and invitations have been flowing thick and fast and there is talk of a new...

Barking up the wrong tree

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Digvijaya Singh is targeting the messenger Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh is enormously upset that the Supreme Court should have ‘belittled' the Central Bureau of Investigation by calling it a “caged parrot” which speaks the language of its many political masters. Mr Singh has missed the irony in his outrage; he...

Nature’s mysteries delight us

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Gautam Pandey | in Oped

Why don't all trees have the same number of branches and leaves? It's no secret that we're still trying to guess our way around how life began and dinosaurs disappeared and how humans evolved. Just as we're wondering at the intriguing and humbling discovery of Pi A few years back, I...

Sikhs besieged in Kashmir valley

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Hari Om | in Oped

An insidious campaign has been launched by Islamist forces in the valley to terrorise the minority community into converting In January 1990, at the height of militancy in Kashmir, the miniscule community of Kashmiri Hindus migrated from the valley to Jammu and other parts of the country, including Delhi. Forced to...

Communist conspiracy of silence

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Appukuttan Vallikunnu | in Oped

Forty witnesses examined so far in the sensational case pertaining to the brutal murder of rebel Marxist leader TP Chandrasekharan in Kerala's Kozhikode district have turned hostile allegedly due to threats from the Left sympathizers The sinister warning that appeared on the walls of Indira Bhavan, the Congress office at Kathiroor...


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