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Cong might play Priyanka card in UP to rein in Modi

Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 | Hari shankar vyas | in Backbone

It seems that speculations over Priyanka Gandhi’s foray into active politics never stop. Some now say she will fight the Lok Sabha Elections from Raebareli, her mother Sonia Gandhi’s seat. Rahul Gandhi is not expected to leave his seat, Amethi, and Sonia will head to the Rajya Sabha in all...

The power of a hug

Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Though a now-famous hug in the Indian Parliament created a flutter and became the subject matter of social media gossip, the seriousness of a hug cannot be overlooked. It is a gesture with many manifestations. From a means to strengthen friendship bonds to a technique of public relations, a hug...

Ethiopia-Eritrea peace not that elusive

Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Let peace prevail over bloodbath in the Horn of Africa. What has been happening in Eritrea is an untold story of extreme poverty, sickness and helplessness of ordinary citizens. However, it is widespread in many of the warring nations of Africa wherein their rulers think they are born to rule...

BJP helped Atal become legend

Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Usual Suspects

One of the great tragedies of modern India is the relative absence of a sense of a history. In television, this is often translated into a lack of footage. Consequently, when the life of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India's venerable former Prime Minister died on August 16 after a prolonged illness,...

Deepening Afghanistan quagmire

Saturday, 18 Aug 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

The US’ role in Afghanistan suffers from a fundamental flaw: It wants to win but is not prepared to do what it takes to achieve a victory. As a result, the Taliban surge continues Developments in Afghanistan over the last several days have brought to the fore the question whether the...

Vajpayee’s legacy

Saturday, 18 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

The strategic vision for India, put in motion by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Prime Minister, ought to be our North Star Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s appointment of Jaswant Singh as Foreign Minister and Brajesh Mishra as his National Security Advisor, were dead giveaways that despite the massive pressure on him...

Deluge lessons

Saturday, 18 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Nation must come together in support of Kerala The worst floods in living memory which have inundated Kerala are taking a very heavy toll and our hearts go out to the affected. But the deluge has also thrown up a learning — of how a disaster management regime in which Centre,...

Queen of Soul

Saturday, 18 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Aretha Franklin is gone but she leaves behind a legacy of music that has the power to reach the soul of every weary traveller at a wayside dive. A soul singer with a voice made for jazz, she transcended genres and generations. And when she belted out Respect it was...

Imran Khan’s early Turkish delight

Saturday, 18 Aug 2018 | Bhopinder Singh | in Oped

While Turkey has the financial and diplomatic depth, leverage and resilience to withstand financial bullying by the US, Pakistan is on a weaker wicket and without many bargaining options. It cannot risk a spat with Washington Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan waded into the muddy waters of the increasingly soiled...

A retirement plan for cows

Saturday, 18 Aug 2018 | Varda Mehrotra | in Oped

As milk consumers, we must do our bit to ensure that cow enjoys a sweet retirement. If we don’t, humanity will run the risk of losing all that is humane The country is full of ‘stray’ cows that roam around on roads, eat garbage, and obstruct traffic. After the cows fulfill...


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