Short-sighted on nuclear policy

Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

The policy of ‘credible minimum deterrence', which was framed by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government, has been altered surreptitiously, with dangerous implications, under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s watch When the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government conducted nuclear tests in May 1998, it made two unambiguous statements on nuclear weapons: China was the...

Getting the political sense all wrong

Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

The Congress will pay dearly in the coming days for supporting the Aam Aadmi Party's Government in Delhi. People have begun questioning the move The Congress has shot itself in both feet by deciding to support an Aam Aadmi Party Government in Delhi from outside. The AAP doubtless put up a...

Defuse the minefield of disasters

Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

The Government must hold awareness camps where laws, policies and their applicability pertaining to mining and other environment-related subjects are introduced to the local people, who can then be effective stakeholders An active and environmentally-sensitive judicial system yet again proved to be the succour for an embattled environment. A February 2013...

Think now | Fernando Pessoa , The Book of Disquiet

Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than...

Modi’s route to Delhi is via Uttar Pradesh

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | Rajesh Singh | in Edit

If the BJP's prime ministerial candidate manages to secure the numbers that the opinion polls have been projecting in the crucial State, it would herald the revival of the party and a shift in the politics of caste The surge in support of the people for the Bharatiya Janata Party, led...

Empty words, no more

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | Pioneer | in Edit

Rahul Gandhi breaks silence, sounds confused It was meant to be a master-stroke in public relations, but the one-on-one interaction of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on a leading television news channel turned out to be a disaster for both Mr Gandhi and the party. Telecast on Monday, the interview saw...

Congress paying for mess

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | Pioneer | in Edit

It mishandled Telangana issue at every stage The Congress's blunders on the Telangana issue have resulted in an unprecedented crisis in Andhra Pradesh where the decision to bifurcate the State has effectively split the party’s own Government. On the one hand is Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, leading Seemandhra MLAs in...

Beware the little green monster

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

Wind farms and hydel power projects are supposed to be environment-friendly as they produce clean and renewable energy. However, they adversely impact communities and ecosystems, cause massive deforestation and pillage ecologically vulnerable regions At a workshop to map a conservation plan for the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard, some of us...

Zero connectivity at the zero line

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | RAMEEZ RAJA | in Oped

Villages along the LoC suffer from cross-border shelling but also poor infrastructure. Mobile phone towers do not exist in these remote areas, writes RAMEEZ RAJA That entire night, ear-deafening sounds of firing and shelling across the border dominated the sky. All of Shayeen's family stayed together in one room, as they...

Neither a panacea nor a false promise

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | Bhavya Nain | in Oped

For some, the new Lokpal Act is the answer to all of India’s corruption woes. For others, it is political moonshine. The reality lies somewhere in between, as the success of the new law will ultimately depend on its implementation, writes BHAVYA NAIN The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, came into...


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