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Naive Rahul does not know his own party

Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | CP Bhamri | in Oped

Having made clear that he’s not interested in being Prime Minister, the Congress vice-president says he is focussed on re-building his party. Yet, he remains blissfully unaware of how the Congress functions and this is exactly why his grand plans for the party won’t materialize Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s statement to...

The guru of social reforms

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

It was Sree Narayana Guru's efforts, along with those of Sree Chattampi Swami, which stemmed mass conversions in the late 1890s and led to the opening up of public spaces, including temples, to all Hindus, regardless of their caste, in Kerala The Maha Shivratri of 2013 marked the 125th anniversary of...

They leave you in a state of shock

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Raghu Rai's photographs of Bangladesh's Liberation War are among the world’s best specimens of visual war coverage In his seminal work, An Anatomy of Human Destructiveness, Erich Fromm wrote, “Man is the only mammal who is a large-scale killer and a sadist.” Further, stating that “Malignant aggression” was a “characteristic only...

Taken for granted, and for a ride

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | in Oped

It is time we realised that the battle of getting the marines back is lost. We need to introspect and understand that, what people say to our faces and think of us are two different things. We have no one but ourselves to blame Amidst the outrage of the Italian marines...

Predators of wildlife get bolder

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

We all want the Indian economy to roar, but that roar will die out if its foundations are weak. Growth needs to be inclusive, and ecologically sustainable. These concerns should not be mere words but reflect in official policy and action therein The times are not good for our wildlife. There...

Small but enterprising Taiwan

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

The island-nation offers an excellent illustration of how tax collections can be optimised without placing additional burdens on the common tax payer. A combination of firm measures and incentives in the form of lotteries has done the trick there; it can well work here Recently, this columnist travelled to the Republic...

Time has come to see real change

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

West Bengal Chief Minister had promised poriborton to the people of her State. In some areas of policy the difference is visible, but it’s not good enough The iron law of diminishing returns or depreciation is real; real for firms, cars and durables like political leaders. The wear and tear of...

Girl child isn't safe even inside schools

Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

Girls and boys need grow with confidence and comfort. Educational institutions have a role in promoting the culture of broad-mindedness How does your school or college celebrate Women's Day? Do they use it as a chance to say a special ‘thank you’ to the women in the institution? Why was...

Spin doctors are at work

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Desperate to in any way discredit the Gujarat Chief Minister, the Congress stops at nothing Whenever Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is feted by corporates, Western emissaries or business schools, his opponents rake up his alleged complicity in instigating the post-Godhra violence. Or fanciful surmises about BJP infighting over precedence and...

Modi and the fine art of political promotion

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The popular BJP leader has taken the Capital by storm. But, it remains to be seen if he can sustain the allure The media has all but crowned Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha poll. Mr Modi too did not hide...


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