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Planned cities, protected ecology

Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Unprecedented levels of rural-to-urban migration are threatening to disrupt the delicate natural balance, not just in India but across developing countries. The increasing number of natural disasters prove that Rapid urbanisation is causing unplanned expansion and facilitating the influx of people into fragile and less-resilient areas like the coastal regions, flood...

Think now | Bhagvad Gita

Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

Freedom from activity is never achieved by abstaining from action. Nobody can ever rest from his activity even for a moment. All are helplessly forced to act. A man who renounces certain physical actions but still lets his mind dwell on the objects of his sensual desire, is deceiving himself....

Remembering a true friend of India

Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Had JF Kennedy not been prematurely eliminated by an assassin, he would have brought India-US relations to a new high India was as much shocked as the rest of the world by the news of the tragic assassination of US President John F Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Kennedy’s...

Cautious optimism for post-2014 Afghanistan

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

This will be the first political transition in Afghanistan through the ballot box and only the third election of a President. A lot rests on the successful conduct of the poll and the emergence of a stable and viable regime Hugging the Hindukush on a bright and sunny afternoon the...

A likely game-changer

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Big hopes rest on Iran-West nuclear deal The nuclear deal between the West and Iran deserves to be welcomed, but with cautious optimism. The agreement is temporary in nature and extends for a period of six months. To that extent, it is work-in-progress and just an interim step towards a final...

Don’t pamper separatists

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Film-makers must be careful in their approach There may well be a grain of truth in Bollywood film-maker Vishal Bhardwaj's observation that the Hindi film industry has been “unfair to Kashmiris” in that the film industry has rarely gone beyond the natural beauty of Kashmir valley and addressed issues that concern...

Not quite omega, but close to it

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | Rajesh Singh | in Oped

While the trial court’s ruling, holding the Talwars guilty of murdering their daughter and a domestic help, brings the sensational case to a level of closure, the last legal word is yet to be heard. Meanwhile, the Talwar camp is busy discrediting the verdict Soon after a trial court on Monday...

UP mesmerised by Modi magic

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate has brought the party within striking distance of a victory. Now, its local leaders and workers have to finish the fight Just a couple of months back, the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh was fragmented. The leadership lacked vision and workers were confused. The opposition...

Indus Water Treaty needs relook

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | MS Menon | in Oped

India should not allow Pakistan to sabotage its hydro-power projects any further by using provisions of of a pact that have become fit for the archives. New Delhi has, unfortunately, been too indulgent With the final verdict of the International Court of Arbitration on the Kishanganga Project dispute expected within...

Think now | Rig Veda

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

Who knows for certain? Who shall here declare it? Whence was it born, whence came creation? The gods are later than this world's formation; Who then can know the origins of the world? None knows whence creation arose; And whether he has or has not made it; He who surveys it from the lofty skies. Only he knows Or perhaps...


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