Identify the disease, then cure it

Monday, 13 May 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

The Bharatiya Janata Party must seriously introspect whether raking up corruption issues alone will yield the desired results in the next Lok Sabha election. After all, many tainted leaders have been re-elected to the Karnataka House Even as the much expected result of the Karnataka Assembly election was trickling in, political...

Think now | Oscar Wilde, Irish poet

Monday, 13 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

To influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. He becomes an echo of someone else's music. The aim of life is self-development; to realise one's nature perfectly. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. Of...

PM has no sense of dignity and honour

Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

Manmohan Singh has been shown his place by Sonia Gandhi for his untenable defence of Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar. Clearly, he is not the primus inter pares. A man of honour would have resigned by now Those of us in the media who broke ranks with our colleagues and...

Shameless regime, spineless officers

Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Rajesh Singh | in Plain Talk

Unscrupulous politicians have their way when they get pliant subordinates or callous superiors or even at times a supine judiciary to do their bidding or endorse their blunders. Indira Gandhi could impose Emergency because then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed signed the proclamation without batting an eyelid. She could win judicial approval...

BJP is in denial over Karnataka

Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

It didn't require rocket science to realise that the resounding verdict in Karnataka against the BJP had everything to do with the quality of administration, the venality of those associated with the party and the vengeful conduct of those who felt that they had been unjustly treated by a cabal...

Mysteries that refuse to be laid to rest

Saturday, 11 May 2013 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

Our history is some variation of the Mahabharata. It is at once a moral war, a gigantic property dispute typical of so many Indian families, a series of personal blood feuds, plotting and political intrigue This day, 156 years ago, sepoys of the East India Company, having risen in revolt...

Insult to the nation

Saturday, 11 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Sack MPs who don’t respect National Song No matter what his reservations may have been against the National Song, by disdainfully walking out of Parliament when Vande Mataram was being played, BSP leader Shafiqur Rahman Barq has insulted the country. Such an affront to the nation, that too delivered...

The aam aadmi’s actor

Saturday, 11 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Balraj Sahni reflected the people’s angst Those who have watched Do Bigha Zamin cannot in their life-time forget the heart-wrenching performance of Balraj Sahni. And those who haven't will not know what acting is. One of the finest films ever to come out of the Hindi film stable, it has...

Chinese aspirations and Indian interests

Saturday, 11 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

The growing opaqueness in India’s relations with China is contributing heavily to the possibility of the outbreak of war by miscalculation of each other’s intentions. The time has come for induction of some fresh air into the rancid corridors of South Block What is really happening on the Sino-Indian front? ...

Lingering mistrust

Saturday, 11 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

...and the Indian media’s visceral grip over the voice of the foreign office became this week the dominant themes of India’s relations with its two most important neighbours India’s relations with Pakistan and with China, by dint of historical baggage and continuing incongruence over a host of issues, strike at the...


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