Dangerous politics

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Akhilesh Yadav wants to free terror accused It is not just preposterous but also shocking that the Uttar Pradesh Government has been straining every nerve to release a bunch of persons accused of terror charges. The fact that these persons happen to belong to the minority community explains Chief Minister Akhilesh...

Nawaz Sharif must act

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Rawalpindi pokes India in the eye, yet again Even as the just sworn-in Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Nawaz Sharif, has been issuing statements of reconciliation with India, his Army has yet again breached the ceasefire along the Line of Control and shot an Indian soldier. It is entirely possible that...

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...

Think now | Aristotle , Greek philosopher

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many options — choice, not chance, determines your destiny. All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion,...

Nitish Kumar will pay for obstinacy

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 | Rajesh Singh | in Plain Talk

Nitish Kumar and his supporters have been going around consoling themselves that there is no need to read much into the loss of one Lok Sabha seat, and that defeat in one constituency does not reflect the mood of the people of the State. In ordinary circumstances, that would...

If there’s no breaking news, break the news

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

There is a craving for sensational news. It's only natural that competing news channels and newspapers should pander to that craving, while covering the BJP's National Executive meet that concludes in Goa The extraordinary interest shown by media in the BJP’s two-day National Executive meeting that concludes in Goa today could...

Sri Lankan diaspora powers Tamil politics

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Last week, I sent a twitter message from Jaffna town which I was visiting after 25 years. “There are more sandbags and police pickets in south Delhi”, I observed, “than there are in Jaffna town.” This terse message based entirely on my observation provoked howls of protest. Various individuals responded denouncing...

Close call that should set Mamata thinking

Saturday, 08 Jun 2013 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

It all boils down to what the Trinamool leader wants. If she wants to fight the Left more than she wishes to decimate the Congress, she has to strike a deal with the latter. But the move will revive the Congress By-election results from Bihar and Gujarat excited political pundits and...


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