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Puppy or elephant, Modi is ‘fair game’

Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The past two days have witnessed a spectacular bout of what rarefied academics love to call ‘inversion’. Those who go all mushy and starry-eyed over their golden retrievers have, in line with obscure theological injunctions, suddenly taken umbrage to the term ‘puppy’; and those who don’t think twice about kicking...

A wake-up call not too late to heed

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Is Awami League set for a drubbing in the next parliamentary election? This is not necessarily the case, despite its defeat in the recently held mayoral election. The party still has popular support and must build on that The decisive defeat of the candidate it backed in the mayoral election at...

Democracy is winner

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Bengal high poll turnout is slap on Maoists’ face Given months of legal wrangling between the State Government and the Election Commission in West Bengal over poll schedules and the deployment of security forces, it is heartening to note that the first phase of panchayat election in the State has not...

They had nerves of steel

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Dhoni and men show why they are champions The Indian cricket team is generally not known to win in crunch situations. Often it has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by losing its nerve just when it should have held on to them for dear life. On Thursday, though, we...

More serious than you think

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | Udayan Namboodiri | in Oped

Maybe only two monks were injured in Sunday’s Bodh Gaya bombings, but its impact is far more serious than the government is willing to accept. Nor does the media which treats the politicking over the tragedy as routine tamasha In November 1997, gunmen belonging to a still unclear group and ideology...

A sectarian affair, or more?

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | K Yhome | in Oped

If Sunday’s Bodh Gaya blasts were indeed a fallout of the Rohingya issue, it’s high time New Delhi engaged Myanmar and Bangladesh diplomatically to ensure that Indian territory does not become a battleground The probe into the recent Bodh Gaya blasts that injured two monks are currently underway and there is...

Emasculation by pseudo-secularisation

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Sushilkumar Shinde says he is serious about fighting terror but can’t get Delhi Police to slap traffic charges on Shab-e-Barat revellers. Giving Rohingyas a base and then expecting them to keep their issues out of India is hardly a counter-terrorism policy Just sample these. On the night of Shab-e-Barat, mayhem was...

Presumed guilty little too soon

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

Just because a case is hanging against an MP or MLA, it is unfair for the person to be assumed disqualified due to the hyped-up fear of a future conviction, as the allegation could well have been fabricated to score political points The Supreme Court’s recent landmark judgement, which ensures that...

So much to read, but very little to absorb

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | Padma Rao Sundarji | in Edit

The explosion of television and the print media in India means that we now have a wide variety to choose from, including from international media. The phenomenon indicates our globalised status in a new world It is generally tiresome when writers of an older generation put their age and all the...

A gesture of great import

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Muslims in north India have taken the lead in banning the slaughter of cows for food A radical change seems to be sweeping the northern cow belt, serving to erode somewhat Muslims' isolation on the contentious issue of cow slaughter. Two parallel developments, in Haryana's Kheri Kalan and Uttar Pradesh's Mathura,...


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