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A cool way to meet energy hunger

Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

With economic development taking a heavy toll on environment, the Government should cultivate and harvest the potential of systems that cost less in overall set-up and maintenance The Indian construction industry can be regarded as the indicator to the country’s economic growth. The rapid construction boom and consequent high rises have...

A second chance at survival

Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | Gautam Pandey | in Oped

Given the recent conservation efforts undertaken by the Governments of Rajasthan and Gujarat, it might just be possible to bring back the Great Indian Bustard, one of the largest and heaviest birds in the world, from the brink of extinction Typically, when the words ‘wildlife’ and ‘India’ are put together, a...

Europe’s new clash of civilizations

Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | Anirban Ganguly | in Oped

The growing immigrant Islamic population in the West has failed to blend with the mainstream society of the nations it has voluntarily made its home This May, while Stockholm burnt, London seethed and Paris was reminded of the radical activism of Islamist extremists, the politically correct European media was busy looking...

Stone-faced icons watch the tiff

Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

A political fight has broken out in Uttar Pradesh between the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party over the Government’s decision to use memorial parks for marriage events The Akhilesh Yadav-led Government’s decision to throw open memorials and parks, built in the memory of Dalit icons by the previous...

For many, road safety is a load

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

We talk of genocides and ethnic cleansing inside India, but how and why we do not consider road safety to be one of the biggest crises in India, would puzzle many in the outside world. With a million road accident deaths over a decade, we must wake up A few weeks...

Scoring goals in a democratic way

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

West Bengal's notoriously confrontational and violent politics is a nightmare for any election machinery tasked with holding the polls It was Mamata Banerjee's promise of poriborton to wrap West Bengal in distinctions that would restore the State to its former glory as the first among equals. She has done so by...

ISI lends Maoists helping hand

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | RK Ohri | in Oped

Not only are Pakistan-based elements training and funding insurgents in India, together they are also plotting to radicalise the Muslims here to eventually dismember the country In the aftermath of the recent Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, the time has come to question the Union Government’s studied silence on the enormous...

Old friends, new challenges

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

India's relations with Japan are important not only for its economic development but also because Japan is India's natural and indispensable ally in its quest for stability and peace in the region, especially in the Indo-Pacific and East Asia Of all the recent summit-level meetings Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had with...

How much longer will the carnage last?

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Shams Tamanna | in Oped

The Maoists are now funded through extortion and killings, and they don’t work for the benefit of the people, writes SHAMS TAMANNA The recent attack by Maoists in south Chhattisgarh, where top- ranking Congress leaders of Chhattisgarh were killed, is the biggest attack against Indian politics so far. Eye-witness accounts seem to...

Neither guns nor money will work

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

If the Government wants to solve the Maoist problem, it has to take governance to the country’s remote areas, especially the tribal-dominated regions. Development has to match the needs and wishes of the local people Three years back, the then Union Minister for Home Affairs P Chidambaram had set a...


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