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Escape route

Monday, 06 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Investigation process is so long and full of leaks in India that any fugitive has more than enough time to escape So you become aware that some Indian investigative agencies are acting against you or might act against you. Whether that is because you have been accused and convicted in the...

So long, Sonia?

Monday, 06 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

So, Sonia Gandhi may not contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll, after all. Though her son and political heir Rahul Gandhi is now in control of the Congress Party, Sonia is still looked upon as the final arbiter of intra-party disputes as well as the key interlocutor with potential allies...

Diminished but dangerous

Monday, 06 Aug 2018 | Jai Kumar Verma | in Oped

Islamic State's influence in Iraq and Syria has largely been eradicated but its venomous ideology is still intact. Hence, global communities should be united to strike at the very roots of the terrorist outfit and exterminate it India is home to approximately 172 million Muslims, which is about 10.9 per cent...

Arduous path to democracy

Monday, 06 Aug 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The general direction of travel in South-East Asia and elsewhere is still towards democracy, but it’s a longer journey than it looks A quarter-century before the Arab Spring of 2011, there was a democratic spring in South-East Asia: The Philippines in 1986, Burma in 1988, Thailand in 1992 and Indonesia in...

Killing an idea with overuse

Monday, 06 Aug 2018 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Our problems would be fewer if we made a simple conceptual framework of reference before rushing to execute plans Topics get appropriated by professions. Professions give to themselves prerogatives of defining. This gets reflected in the behaviour of the professionals who get certified for the profession. It applies to audit. If...

Maya meets Pawar: The birth of Maharashtra mahagathbandhan?

Sunday, 05 Aug 2018 | Hari shankar vyas | in GupShup

It was a successful meeting between Mayawati and Sharad Pawar. Pawar, after consulting with the Congress, has decided to give space to Mayawati in the alliance for Maharashtra. Sources say that talks for an alliance between the Congress, NCP, and BSP have finished and distribution of seats will also be...

Birds of a feather

Sunday, 05 Aug 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Birds of a feather flock together. This is an old, school-time proverb that suggests that people of similar tastes, likes and preferences choose to be together. The origin of this proverb is not certain, some attribute it to the mid-16th century satirist, William Turner. Others believe that it is much...

NRC aims to put Indians first

Sunday, 05 Aug 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The argument proffered by the opponents of the NRC exercise that it is impossible to push back the illegal immigrants is broadly correct. This is recognised in Assam too. But that does not mean that the integrity of Indian democracy should be compromised During various fierce discussions on the draft report...

What next for Imran Khan?

Saturday, 04 Aug 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

New Delhi needs to clearly understand that Imran Khan, hoisted to power by the Pakistan Army, will do what the Generals ask him to, particularly when it comes to Kashmir Fatima Bhutto cites two horrific incidents in a searing piece titled, ‘Imran Khan is only a player in the circus run...

Neo Luddites

Saturday, 04 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Here we go again with the Opposition looking at paper ballots to replace EVMS for Indian polls On the face of it, the plan of the 17 Opposition parties including the Congress to meet the Election Commission and press for the re-introduction paper ballots alleging Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can/have been...

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