Nawaz Sharif is the best bet for New Delhi

Sunday, 19 May 2013 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

Not only does the democratic transition of power augur well for Pakistan, which has spent far too many decades searching for the democratic route to political stability, it also means good news for the world The Army had hoped that Imran Khan would lead his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, to...

BJP needs to get its message right

Sunday, 19 May 2013 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

In his autobiography which, unfortunately, has never received the importance it deserved, former British Prime Minister (a man who never lost an election) Tony Blair made a distinction between “activists” and “normal people”. He was alluding to the tendency of committed political workers who take an active interest in the...

Anti-India demons haven’t gone away

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Optimism over Nawaz Sharif’s victory is best kept on hold, particularly since several prickly issues such as Kashmir, Siachen and punishment to 26/11 culprits remain. Also, the Army and the ISI are still influential Indian reactions to the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)’s comfortable victory in the recent elections in Pakistan...

Cover ripped apart

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

IPL fixing points to multiple failures Even if it had been the need to ensure a decent living which had motivated the three young cricketers to collude with unscrupulous bookies and spot-fix matches, it would still not be a justification for betraying their game and the country. That it was not...

Freedom with a caveat

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Section 66A stays, but misuse will be difficult It is just as well that the Supreme Court has ruled no person should be arrested without the clearance of senior police officers for posting objectionable content on social media. Of late, we have seen a slew of incidents where the police unceremoniously...

Fallacy of political tourism in Pak

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Subramanian Swamy | in Oped

A lot of Indians are justifiably cheered by Nawaz Sharif’s return to power through an election which saw ordinary Pakistanis defy the Mullahs. But helping this new order with compromises on Kashmir and national identity would be a grave mistake The problem with Indo-Pakistan relation is the deep rooted malaise in...

Good script, now act on it

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

Nawaz Sharif, the comeback kid of Pakistani politics, has once again fired the imagination of optimists in India. But first he must resolve Pakistan’s unique problems Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) is poised to form the next government. Although this had been widely predicted by observers...

Real touchstone is action on 26/11 accused

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

Despite the all-pervasive optimism over progress based on the PM-elect’s personal interest in economic ties with India, it’s unlikely that much would change in Delhi-Islamabad relations. If a change does indeed come, it’s unlikely to come in the short-term and may have nothing to do with Nawaz Sharif Nawaz Sharif’s thumping...

City of monstrous djinns and knaves

Friday, 17 May 2013 | Padma Rao Sundarji | in Edit

Planning and design disasters dot what was once a beautiful city. Sheila Dikshit is a lady of refined taste. And yet, the blame must rest with her Government for not caring to inspect the mushrooming monstrosities Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna’s advice to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit against holding an...

Politics of revenge

Friday, 17 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Centre lets loose CBI on BJP leaders Despite a rap on its knuckles from the Supreme Court for blatantly interfering in the functioning of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Congress-led UPA regime has clearly not cared to mend it ways. Instead, it continues to use the country's premier investigating...


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