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Should India take proactive stand on Syria?

Saturday, 04 Jan 2014 | Swarn Kumar Anand | in Oped

New Delhi’s willingness to take part in Geneva II may seem like an appeasement of the Sunni Arab world in their efforts to kill the waxing Shia crescent in the bud. Therefore, India must clarify that its decision is born out of concerns to safeguard our national interests and to...

Importance of Iran’s participation in Geneva II

Saturday, 04 Jan 2014 | M Mahtab Alam Rizvi | in Oped

Syria has become a battleground for geopolitics. Several players in the crisis want to prolong it to grind their axe. Tehran is at a crossroads: it cannot dump Assad nor can it protect him alone The socio-political changes in West Asia over the past two years, which began in Tunisia and...

We cannot trust our friend in Islamabad

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 | G Parthasarathy | in Edit

How should India judge whether Nawaz Sharif is going to respect the sanctity of the Line of Control? In his first term as Prime Minister, his handpicked ISI chief staged the 1993 Mumbai blasts The return of Mr Nawaz Sharif to power in Pakistan was marked by pious statements by him...

Insincere Congress

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 | Pioneer | in Edit

Virbhadra Singh has little moral authority The Congress may have chosen to brazen out the allegations levelled against its Chief Minister in Himachal Pradesh, Mr Virbhadra Singh, but the party is once again on a sticky wicket with regard to the corruption issue. The overwhelming amount of evidence that has been...

We’re open for business

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 | Pioneer | in Edit

Foreign investment will help economy grow North Block's approval of two major foreign investment projects earlier this week is significant on two counts — first, it paves the way for a much-needed fund transfusion into the beleaguered Indian economy, and second, it reiterates the potential of this country to emerge as...

Not the next Stuxnet victim

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 | Sameer Patil | in Oped

Unless India improves its cyber defence capabilities, the country’s critical national infrastructure — oil pipelines, steel plants and nuclear reactors — will be vulnerable to the kind of attack that damaged the Iranian nuclear programme In today’s world, when most computers are linked to the World Wide Web, the threats posed...

Fighting polio to the finish

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 | Gary CK Huang | in Oped

Eradicating this disease is Delhi’s biggest public health achievement since 1947, writes Gary CK Huang On January 13, India will complete three years without reporting a single new case of the wild polio virus since a girl was found infected in the Howrah district of West Bengal on the same day...

A paradigm shift in politics, now possible

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The biggest event of the year will the general election in May. Whichever party or alliance is elected, it will have a lot of problems to fix What does the crystal ball say about the year 2014? It looks to be unpredictable and one of political shocks and economic shifts. Broadly...

Deal effectively with construction waste

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 | Papia Samajdar | in Oped

The recent controversy over sand mining has put the spotlight on the need for recycle and reuse of waste generated during the building of new structures. The construction industry in India is booming, already a 10 per cent of the GDP, and is growing at an outstanding rate of 10...

Manmohan’s Last Sigh on January 3

Wednesday, 01 Jan 2014 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

The constitutional term of the 15th Lok Sabha ends on May 31, 2014. Give or take a few days, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Government now has less than 4-8 weeks to script his swan song before our polity slips into full-blown election mode. No other Prime Minister since 1947 has had...


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