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China playing with fire on terrorism issues



China is gambling. In this dangerous pursuit, Beijing can lose its stakes and more. It believes that Masood Azhar, the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind, does not qualify to be listed as a ‘terrorist’ by the UN; his case “does not meet the Security Council’s requirements”, says Beijing. At the same time, when convenient for the communist leadership, the peace-loving Dalai Lama is branded as a ‘terrorist’.
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Sanskrit: A language that refuses to die



Any suggestion for the revival of Sanskrit is today fraught with political implications. One could be denounced as being a Saffronite or a Hindutva character or a communal element, or all of these, since in the eyes of the secularists, they mean the same. Besides, there are those who see no purpose in expending energy over a language that is ‘dead’ (American philologist and Sanskritist Sheldon Pollock’s conclusion); a language that has collapsed under the weight...
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Nehru-Gandhis and poverty



Has dynastic politics kept India poor? This appears to be an unstated assumption of a speech earlier this month by BJP president Amit Shah to the party faithful, and the stated view of many in his party. As the formulation goes, after being ruled by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty for most of the past seven decades India remains poor. Give BJP 25 years and it will turn India into “Vishwa Guru”, or teacher to the world. Take BJP boasts with a large grain of salt, but there’s more than a kernel of truth to the idea...
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Can we stop calling it the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter? It wasn't about her



The Supreme Court was absolutely right to throw out a public interest litigation asking it to stop the trial of the Gujarat policemen alleged to have killed Ishrat Jahan and three alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in a "fake encounter" in 2004. The status of Ishrat and the other three as terrorists or innocents does not make a "fake" encounter any less "fake" if proved conclusively in a court of law with solid evidence.
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Rahul Gandhi's restoration drama



A couple of days ago a few Congress leaders gathered in Uttar Pradesh and held a yagya. Their fervent prayer was to make Priyanka Gandhi the face of assembly elections. Their slogan: "Desh mein Rahul, Pradesh mein Priyanka (Let Rahul lead the country, and Priyanka head the state)." In November when the Congress won the Ratlam by-election with a large majority, its first parliamentary success in Madhya Pradesh in ages, its strength in the Lok Sabha went up a notch, from 44 to 45.
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Budgets - the long view



The flood of commentary that follows the presentation of a Union Budget focuses quite naturally on the immediate numbers. However, it is the long view that often proves more educative. Taking the perspective of the last decade, budgetary numbers present some clear trends. To start with, central tax revenue and GDP will have remained in lock step: GDP (at current prices) is expected to have grown 3.4 times over the decade to 2016-17; so is budgeted tax revenue for next year.
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The best government for fiscal discipline



Budget 2016-17 has met with near universal approval for its commitment to the path of fiscal consolidation (and focus on agriculture). On deeper investigation, the path of fiscal consolidation for the current fiscal year is even more impressive than credited by experts. As is well known, the accounts for any fiscal year run from April to March. Throughout this article, a fiscal year will be represented by the first year — that is, April 2015 to March 2016 is year 2015.
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Lead Story
Opinion/Commentary
Of a strong man and a beautiful woman - Claude Arpi, Pioneer
Chidambaram must explain lies in Ishrat case - Pioneer
Sanskrit-Buddhism: A saas-bahu equation? - Rajesh Singh, Pioneer
More earthquakes to follow? Earth on 'quake mode' again - Economic Times
Pan-India e-platform: One-nation-one-market - Pioneer
IPL vs drought - confusing competitive sport with nationalism - Shekhar Gupta, Business Standard
Maritime failures - TN Ninan, Business Standard
To secure Myanmar’s confidence, India must play cards in good faith - Ashis Ray, Hindustan Times
Clean up IPL, clean up BCCI - Sandeep Bamzai, Pioneer
The jihadi-military trap India mustn't fall into - Balbir Punj, Pioneer
Realty doesn’t bite. More homes bring jobs and joy - Gurcharan Das, Times of India
Banks will remain political fiefdoms till privatized - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Times of India
India, from continent to country of Circe - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
India's role in global nuclear security governance - Rajiv Nayan & Alisha Anand, Pioneer
You cannot drive a week every month! - Rajesh Kumar, Pioneer
Media condescends to accept Modi's popularity - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Pakistan is not the core of India’s foreign policy - Ashok Malik, Pioneer
Nepal-China trade point deal a Himalayan blunder - Hari Bansh Jha, Pioneer
Cheerful ads - TN Ninan, Business Standard
Delineating our defence posture - Pravin Sawhney, Pioneer
China playing with fire on terrorism issues - Claude Arpi, Pioneer
Sanskrit: A language that refuses to die - Rajesh Singh, Pioneer
We can only have 'peace through strength' with Pakistan - Minhaz Merchant, Mail Today
Spying gracelessly - C Raja Mohan, Indian Express
Nations and their dirty tricks departments - Sunanda K Datta-Ray, Asian Age
Come clean on nuclear security - Narayan Lakshman, Hindu
Nationalist, not religious, slogan - Anil Gupta, Pioneer
Of leadership failures - Pioneer
Fresh laws to tackle present-day sedition - Pioneer
Dealing with the cat's paw as a diversion - Balbir Punj, Pioneer
'Spy' arrest gives Pakistan ammo on Balochistan - Maneesh Pandey, Mail Today
The riddles of Indian nationalism - Mint
Nehru-Gandhis and poverty - Sadanand Dhume, Times of India
No place for denial or double standards - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
A war that must be won - Tavleen Singh, Indian Express
What's in a name? A lot, actually - Bibek Debroy, Business Standard
Bharat Mata ki jal - TN Ninan, Business Standard
Headley reveals how Pakistan nurtured him - TN Raghunatha, Pioneer
The myth of intolerance in Modi's India - Kanwal Sibal, Mail Today
Prashant Kishor's UP missing link - Anant Vijay, Pioneer
Mess is not all Mallya's fault - Kushan Mitra, Pioneer
Political war over canal turns murky - Manjeet Sehgal, Mail Today
The new Supreme Court - Rajeev Dhavan, Mail Today
Statute vs sacred: Owaisi’s game has a familiar ring - Swapan Dasgupta, ToI
‘Make in India’ is hit by government schizophrenia - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Times of India
Instigating a controversy - Ashok Malik, Deccan Chronicle
Hindutva vs Jihad - Tavleen Singh, Indian Express
Calling it quits, almost, in Jammu & Kashmir - Hari Om, Pioneer
Congress's new nightmare - Rajesh Singh, Pioneer
RSS's progressive face - Pioneer
Azadi brigade and its open, covert, backers - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
Can we stop calling it the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter? It wasn't about her - R Jagannathan, Firstpost
When the kleptocracy began - Tavleen Singh, Indian Express
The happy heart syndrome - Pramod Pathak, Pioneer
'Secularists' shaken by Sri Sri's grand show - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
The best government for fiscal discipline - Surjit S Bhalla, Indian Express
Rahul Gandhi's restoration drama - Sunil Sethi, Business Standard
Budgets - the long view - TN Ninan, Business Standard
Not enough fighters to take on Pakistan, China simultaneously: IAF vice-chief - Rajat Pandit, Times of India
Budget shows the way, capacity-creation next - RK Pachauri, Pioneer
A different beginning - Deba R Mohanty, Financial Express
Budget 2016: In the right direction - S Mahendra Dev, Indian Express
Decoding the alert from Pakistan - Hiranmay Karlekar, Pioneer
Defiling India’s inner sanctuary - Anirban Ganguly, Pioneer
Implosion of the West - Ashok Malik, Times of India
State elections: BJP seeks a booster, Congress its lost magic - Times of India
Skeletons rattling, are Sonia, Rahul listening? - Gautam Mukherjee, Pioneer
India’s trade pacts in a changing world - Mint
Corruption back in focus ahead of state polls - Gyan Varma, Mint
Why PM Modi should spend Holi with students this year - Kanchan Gupta, Mail Today
Chidambaram changed affidavit in Ishrat Jehan case... but PM doesn't want to probe 'suspicious' amendments - Abhishek Bhalla, Mail Today
Deciphering the political context - Swapan Dasgupta, Hindustan Times
Getting our goat - Bibek Debroy, Financial Express
Raw deal for Armed Forces in Budget - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
Jai Kisan Budget - D Shivakumar, Business Line
A day after Union Budget, disruption returns to Parliament - Gyan Varma & Anuja, Mint
Press, PM & ‘friction of freedom’ - Sunanda K Datta-Ray, Asian Age
Prashant's real test begins now - Giridhar Jha, Mail Today
Nepal & India struggle to mend ties - Harsh V Pant, Mail Today
Beware of the foreign hand - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Economic Times
A setback for Haryana - Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard
Narendra Modi, Mark II - TN Ninan, Business Standard
Country bleeds while the liberals look away - Ashutosh Misra, Pioneer
BJP responds firmly to Vemula, JNU charges - Pioneer
Prabhu is a man on a mission - Deepak Kumar Jha, Pioneer
A deep malaise - Praveen Swami, Indian Express
Bleeding India by proxy wars - Pravin Sawhney, Pioneer
Indian railways must stay on track - RC Acharya, Hindustan Times
How to Honour the soldier - TK Arun, Economic Times
India, Nepal are back to meaningful dialogue - Pioneer
Conduct of some local elements very disturbing - Pioneer
'Break India' is more than just discomfiting - Rajesh Singh, Pioneer
A special but vulnerable Himalayan relationship - Mint
In the interests of public order - Madhav Chandavarkar, Mint
Budget session: All-party meet reaches consensus - Gyan Varma & Anuja, Mint
From dissent to descent - Kanwal Sibal, Mail Today
JNU row: Patriotism without nationalism - Nitin Pai, Pioneer
Prepare for summer of discontent - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
Why Jats want a quota - Christophe Jaffrelot, Indian Express
Retrieving the momentum - C Raja Mohan, Indian Express
Believe it, GDP data is right - Surjit S Bhalla, Indian Express
The farmer as wealth generator - Shivaji Sarkar, Pioneer
No defaulter is too big to be put behind bars - Joginder Singh, Pioneer
Performance of Modi Government and the Parliamentary logjam: Need for a fresh look - Dr VK Bahuguna, Pioneer
Critics of sedition law dispute idea of India - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Celebrating India’s destruction - Tavleen Singh, Indian Express
A self goal? - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express
JNU, then and now - Swapan Dasgupta, Deccan Chronicle
Take off from the coast - Arvind Panagariya, Times of India
Closer to Kathmandu? - Pioneer
The things Headley left unsaid - MK Narayanan, Hindu
Why the oil deal is no big deal - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
Speaking of Sanskrit - Bibek Debroy, Indian Express
Mobile phone @ Rs 251 rings in disbelief - Pankaj Doval, Times of India
JNU stir: Why ‘anti-nationalism’ is an empty abuse that has no place in a free society - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Economic Times
BJP biggest gainer in bypoll give and take - Maulshree Seth, Indian Express
March of the anti-India brigade - Anirban Ganguly, Pioneer
Sound strategy to deter Pakistan missing - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
Parliamentary deadlock likely to continue - Anuja & Gyan Varma, Mint
India has bigger issues than a few protesting students - Manoj Joshi, Mail Today
On the farm front, make a bold move - Ashok Gulati, Indian Express
Contrary to official claims, Tejas is a winner - Bharat Karnad, Indian Express
Why the events at JNU are downright sinister - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
JNU can't be allowed to be nursery of secession - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Time to shift gears: scrap biofuels, go for solar power instead - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Times of India
Losing time in Kashmir - Tavleen Singh, Indian Express
The troubled issue of minority assets - Sunanda K Datta-Ray, Telegraph India
Islamic State comes to Pakistan - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
No relief from SC, Sonia and Rahul to face trial - Utkarsh Anand, Indian Express
In a name’s name, an ideological, silly war - Ashok Malik, Pioneer
India’s tactical foothold in Arab world - Zikrur Rahman, Pioneer
'Bihar is in the grip of terror raj' - Giridhar Jha, Mail Today
JNU, Afzal Guru and liberté: Freedom of speech is not an unfettered right - Sunil Raman, Firstpost
Congress has no business talking about corruption - Sriram Ramakrishnan, ET
After Headley’s deposition, all proof is on Sharif’s table - Shishir Gupta, HT
Enabling direct transfers through JAM - Sumita Kale, Mint
Reality of Ishrat Jahan - Pioneer
Smart Environment with Smart Cities - RC Acharya, Pioneer
How Pakistan subverts the Indian elite - Minhaz Merchant, Mail Today
The National Herald case has all the makings of a nautanki - Prem Shankar Jha, Hindustan Times
Discrimination dialogue - Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Indian Express
Revisiting Pakistan - Shyam Saran, Business Standard
India should recalibrate ties with West Asian powers - KC Singh, Hindustan Times
'LeT's 2 bids before 26/11 failed' - TN Raghunatha, Pioneer
An order against the anti-graft fight - RK Raghavan, Hindu
The Dalit-Hindutva paradox - Smita Gupta, Hindu
Why India remains a power in Afghanistan - Kanwal Sibal, Mail Today
Maritime India versus Continental Delhi - C Raja Mohan, Indian Express
The return of the activist state - Ajit Balakrishnan, Business Standard
China in audience, India says Nations reclaiming Land - Manu Pubby, ET
Reforming the nation’s creaky judicial system - Joginder Singh, Pioneer
Budget T-20: Modi the masterblaster must go for the big hit - Chetan Bhagat, ToI
Do not bet on MNREGA to save the poor - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, ToI
The New National Party - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express
No central planning, please - Tavleen Singh, Indian Express
How not to deal with the ideology of hate - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
A Modi index? - TN Ninan, Business Standard
A Board for clean cricket - Pioneer
Talking peace: From Mumbai to Pathankot - Hiranmay Karlekar, Pioneer
UNSC reforms and India's chance - Virendra Gupta, Pioneer
Beyond Kerala and Pakistan - Ashok Malik, Times of India
Modi’s Idea of India-2 - Ashutosh Varshney, Indian Express
Out with the Left - Swapan Dasgupta, Asian Age
Will Pakistan Army heed nation’s policymakers? - Pioneer
Budget Session won't wait for polls - Deepak K Upreti, Pioneer
Let’s track the small bangs - Bibek Debroy, Indian Express
Pak tests India's patience for talks - Vineeta Pandey, Pioneer
NSA talks must happen - Pioneer
Emerging powers on the prowl - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
Yakub Memon: A case for media as educators - V Raghunathan, Times of India
How Kalam’s role helped avert ‘Hindu bomb’ tag - Chidanand Rajghatta, ToI
Should politics simmer in caste cauldron? - Balbir Punj, NewIndianExpress
Why we need a time-use survey - Bibek Debroy, Indian Express
Indian Universities: Decline by degrees - Upinder Singh, Hindu
Politics/Nation
UP Assembly Elections: Prashant Kishor roped in for Congress revival in state - Zee News
Tamil Nadu polls: A political novice versus the matriarch - Dharani Thangavelu & Preeti Zachariah, Mint
With BSY as chief, BJP stands to gain - S Rajendran, Hindu
Amit Shah's choice of UP BJP chief to dampen Nitish Kumar's pitch - Ravish Tiwari, Economic Times
Will TMC take a hit because Congress, Left on same side? - Times of India
Muslim vote holds key in closing phase of Assam polling - Times of India
Governance is the key - Pioneer
West Bengal's false messiahs - Anirban Ganguly, Pioneer
First Arunachal, now Uttarakhand: With rebellion rising in Congress, Sonia-Rahul should be worried - Sanjay Singh, Firstpost
Bihar's VIP inmates host 'feasts' behind bars - Patna Dubar, Mail Today
Prashant Kishor to revive Congress in Uttar Pradesh for the assembly elections - Aman Sharma, Economic Times
Rebels are rocking the boat in Congress-ruled states - Anuja, Mint
BJP’s West Bengal gap widens - Abhijit Dasgupta, Hindustan Times
Tainted leaders in Kerala's Cong's draft list - VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
President’s rule in Uttarakhand; Rawat sees conspiracy by Centre - Anuja & Gyan Varma, Mint
Uttarakhand politically unstable since formation - Rakesh Mohan Chaturvedi, ToI
Mehbooba set to be J&K CM - Mohit Kandhari, Pioneer
Nationalism as politics - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express
DMK, Congress seat-sharing talks remain inconclusive - TE RAja Simhan, BL
Decks cleared for PDP-BJP Govt in J&K - Mohit Kandhari, Pioneer
Eye on Bahuguna, Cong expels son - Kautilya Singh & Yogesh Kumar, ToI
Now, BJP sets terms, tells PDP to stop playing games - Economic Times
Come August, NDA may get the better of Congress-led bloc in RS - DK Singh, HT
No change in reservation policy: Narendra Modi - Gyan Varma, Mint
Congmen get 20 questions from Prashant Kishor - CL Manoj, Economic Times
BJP hopeful of alliance revival with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir - Gyan Varma, Mint
AAP, JDU desperate to get national party status - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
Rural, Muslim base Mamata's shield - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Rawat asked to prove majority by March 28 - Sunil Kumar, Pioneer
Akhilesh Yadav's dilemma - Pioneer
Mehbooba Mufti meets Amit Shah, no clarity on J&K government formation yet - CNN-IBN
Bengal polls: Maoists adopt new strategy against Trinamool to regain lost ground - Times of India
In Congress, Prashant Kishor will face dissent at every step - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
Of provincialism and preferential politics - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
Left parties facing a real existential crisis - Ashok Malik, Pioneer
Samajwadi Party walks out of Left Front in Bengal over Congress tie-up - NDTV
From 15 MLAs in Telangana in 2014, TDP now left with just 3 - DNA
Left Front-Congress deal a ‘rainbow alliance’: Mamata - Hindu
Assembly polls: Congress, Left look to regain ground, BJP eyes small gains - Times of India
Left Front partners sceptic of Cong's intention on alliance - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
BJP spanner in LDF’s return - Asian Age
Assam Elections 2016: BJP President Amit Shah finalises alliance with AGP - DNA
It is scam time in Kerala - Pioneer
Collapse of the Left in Bengal - Pinaki Bhattacharya, Pioneer
Left, Cong haggle over seat sharing in WB - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
BJP plans it big for Kerala Assembly polls - VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
Bar politicians' visit to varsity: police to MHA - Rajesh Kumar, Pioneer
Major Congress ally in Kerala likely to split - VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
BJP, SAD lambaste Cong, Left - Pioneer
Opposition, govt brace for face-off in Rajya Sabha - Mint
Breaking into a game of two halves - Sruthisagar Yamunan, Pioneer
Tamil Nadu's poll plot - Pioneer
Can set the clock back: Supreme Court on Arunachal row - Utkarsh Anand, Indian Express
Mehbooba Mufti hints at forming J&K govt with BJP - Bashaarat Masood, Indian Express
Decks cleared for govt formation in Arunachal Pradesh - Shreeja Sen & Gyan Varma, Mint
PDP, BJP strike positive note - Gyan Varma, Mint
Strange bedfellows in the making in Bengal - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
Survey predicts Lotus bloom in Kerala - VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
Bengal needs a nativist party - Ashok Malik, Hindustan Times
Party’s by-poll win puts Congress, SP on notice - Pioneer
Madhav-Mehbooba parleys hold out hope for new Govt - Khursheed Wani, Pioneer
Congress looks to regain Dalits’ support in bid for UP comeback - Anuja, Mint
JD(U), RLD to merge in UP for 2017 battle - Pankaj Shah, Times of India
'Survival' for one, 'redemption' for the other in state elections - DK Singh, Hindustan Times
Tamil Nadu Polls: BJP gets Jayalalithaa’s tie-up signal - Liz Mathew, IE
Opposition parties ready their ammo ahead of Budget Session - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
Marginalised Congress joins DMK front, without terms - Julie Mariappan, Times of India
Left-Congress tie-up will not affect us: Mamata - Hindu
Restructuring better relations with allies - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
Trust deficit in babus blemishes AAP Govt's success - Rajesh Kumar, Pioneer
PM Modi conveys India's concerns to China on Lakhvi issue - Sachin Parashar, Times of India
Business/Economy
Time to scale up capabilities at express speed - Pioneer
UP, Bihar lead the way to adopt PM Modi's pet e-SamikSha scheme - Aman Sharma, Economic Times
Riders to allow FDI in food product retail worry government - Sidhartha, Times of India
Looking afresh at farm sector - Uttam Gupta, Pioneer
Deciphering Raghuram Rajan’s next move - Rajeev Malik, Mint
Decoding the shift in global economic power - CP Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh, Business Line
Raising farmers’ income by 2022 - Ashok Gulati & Shweta Saini, Indian Express
Updating Aadhaar for better privacy - Rahul Tongia, Hindu
Improving governance in banks - Krishnamurthy Subramanian & Prasanna Tantri, Mint
Aadhaar: Fact and fiction - Anil Padmanabhan, Mint
Will rate cut in small savings lead to lower lending rates? - Ravi Krishnan, Mint
India in driver's seat as fuel demand roars at fastest rate ever - MoneyControl
Why this price rise in Natural Gas? - Uttam Gupta, Pioneer
Regulating real estate - Pioneer
Privacy concerns overshadow monetary benefits of Aadhaar scheme - Amber Sinha & Pranesh Prakash, Hindustan Times
The Manmohanomics tangle - Shivaji Sarkar, Pioneer
What about telecom? - Financial Express
Rating Jaitley’s budget on the most important measure of all: Jobs for youth - Times of India
Budgeting for a green economy - Kota Sriraj, Pioneer
A new paradigm for agriculture? - Ashwini K Swain & Gareth Price, Mint
Will address EPF taxation worry in Budget debate: FM - Times of India
Firm footing for Aadhaar - Financial Express
Trai shows the expressway to broadbanding India - TV Ramachandran, Financial Express
Farm economics in budget 2016 - Mint
Will the global energy transition be stalled? - RK Pachauri, Pioneer
Stop complaining and start working - Madan Sabnavis, Financial Express
Before the Budget 2016 - Nirvikar Singh, Financial Express
Insurgents in the primaries - Deepak Lal, Business Standard
India is an outlier in its tax policy - Praveen Chakravarty & Vivek Dehejia, Mint
Saving Indian agriculture - Pioneer
Let us all hope for a dull and boring Budget - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Times of India
Make in India and renewable energy - Kanika Chawla, Mint
Can't regulate intranet tariffs, Trai chief says - Pankaj Doval, Times of India
With 8.8% tax-free returns, EPF can be bulwark of retirement plan - Surya Bhatia, Times of India
Is it back to 2008 for Europe’s banks? - Vidya Ram, Business Line
Rlys on right track, Rs10,700-cr expansion plan approved - Pioneer
Fiscal deficit and growth slowdown - Gurbachan Singh, Mint
‘Make in India’ must work on the ground... - Deccan Chronicle
The right way for India - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express
The 1991 moment of Indian banking - Anil Padmanabhan, Mint
Robbing Peter to pay banks - TN Ninan, Business Standard
Sensex sees worst weekly fall in six years; FM says no need to panic - Ami Shah & Anuja, Mint
Achhe din hinges on reforms - Guatam Mukherjee, Mail Today
Go beyond just infrastructure - SL Rao, Financial Express
Govt racing to build highways: Nitin Gadkari - Jyotika Sood, Mint
Band-aid won’t do, banks need deep surgery, says RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan - Indian Express
Wisdom in the fog - MJ Akbar, Indian Express
Should the government now import wheat? - Tejinder Narang, Financial Express
Aadhaar beneficiaries to cross billion mark - Moushumi Das Gupta, Hindustan Times
Indian lessons from Wall Street heretic - Subir Roy, Business Standard
DIPP pushes for 100% FDI in marketplace e-tail - Business Standard
In the world of negative interest rates - Mint
PSU bank profits plunge amid loan clean-up - Vishwanath Nair & Remya Nair, Mint
Policy muddle in FDI retail - Uttam Gupta, Pioneer
Bank insecurities - P Vaidyanathan Iyer, Indian Express
Take the Cabinet to GE Centre - Sunil Jain, Financial Express
Modi calls for 10% cut in oil imports by 2022 - G Naga Sridhar, Business Line
The Suresh Prabhu way to get Railways on track - Vendy Vembu, Business Line
Health, highways, irrigation likely to top FM Arun Jaitley's Budget agenda - Sidhartha & Surojit Gupta, Economic Times
Pvt sector’s apathy puts investment onus on Govt - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Startups, goofups and more - Keshav Murugesh, Business Line
Monetary and fiscal policies go together - Pulapre Balakrishnan, Business Line
Exports need more than a lower rupee - Pradeep S Mehta, Business Line
Curbing black money is the way forward - Vinayshil Gautam, Pioneer
Coal auction to come with safeguards - Sanjay Dutta, Times of India
Interest-only EMI gets you 20% more loan - Times of India
Balancing act for 2016 Budget - Pioneer
Modi’s polite message to industry: Perform now - Pioneer
How to expand inclusion - Ashok Gulati & Prerna Terway, Indian Express
Finding the right tool for economic intervention - Mint
‘Visa on arrival’ to attract Japan, Korea investors - Vijaita Singh, Hindu
Sensex January fall worst in 5 years, FIIs outflow highest in 8 years - Rahul Oberoi, Financial Express
The Neighbourhood/World
Missing wood for trees in China - Pioneer
Cracks in GOP as Laura Bush backs Hillary Clinton - Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
Bill heckled by protesters, forced to defend his regime - Times of India
Beijing cannot shield Pakistan on terror for long - Pioneer
US-Cuba relations: Turning over a new leaf - Makhan Saikia, Pioneer
Pakistan rips Pakistan - Manoj Joshi, Economic Times
ISIS and Europe’s questions of identity - Mint
EU's changing face - S Nihal Singh, Asian Age
Budgeting under uncertainty - Meghnad Desai, Financial Express
N-summit to review joint efforts against ISIS - S Rajagopalan, Pioneer
New politics in Myanmar - Pioneer
Cruz-Trump spat over wives turns nasty - S Rajagopalan, Pioneer
Has the domestic climate changed on the US? - Kunal Singh, Mint
Once upon a time in ancient Karachi... - Nadeem F Paracha, Pioneer
Understanding Donald Trump - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express
A new momentum sets in - Harsh V Pant, Telegraph
Killing Karachi - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
Iran’s ‘destroy Israel’ threats have got boring - Pioneer
Clinton Vs Trump - Times of India
The false binary - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
Syrian quagmire: Advantage Assad Regime - Makhan Saikia, Pioneer
Nurturing relations with Sri Lanka - G Parthasarathy, Business Line
100 million Chinese on the Roof of the World - Claude Arpi, Pioneer
Syria policy takes a dangerous turn - Gwynne Dyer, Pioneer
Sharif’s goodwill gesture - Pioneer
Despite Nepal’s pact with China, India is still its lifeline - Indrani Bagchi, ToI
Get the Reds out from under every bed - Gautam Mukherjee, Pioneer
Who will succeed Raheel Sharif as the next chief of Pak Army? - Arun Vishwanathan, Pioneer
A country in free fall - Vijay Prashad, Hindu
China's military might, now for Africa to see - Claude Arpi, Pioneer
Crippling blockade over - Pioneer
In Naypyidaw, democracy dawns - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
Changing collective mindset in Pakistan - Nadeem F Paracha, Pioneer
It Made China See Red - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
China's military reforms have serious implications - Jayadeva Ranade, NewIndianExpress
China's new model Army - Manoj Joshi, Mail Today
Aung San Suu Kyi's lessons in nationalism - Nilanjana Sengupta, Mail Today
President Obama says Pakistan must dismantle terror networks - Mail Today
ISIS threatens UK in new propaganda video featuring Paris attackers' 'final messages' - Ian Johnston, Times of India
US lifts sanctions; Iran comes in from the cold - Varghese K George, Hindu
Saudi stokes sectarian fire by putting cleric to death - Pioneer
Curious tale of missing Hong Kong publishers - Claude Arpi, Pioneer
IS poses no threat to US, says Obama - Varghese K George, Hindu
A bright, dazzling rainbow - Pioneer
Kerry asks Sharif to find out the truth - Pioneer
With backing of ISI, Jaish-e-Muhammad rises like a phoenix in Pakistan - Praveen Swami, Indian Express
US wants Pak to hold 'thorough, fair' probe - S Rajagopalan, Pioneer
Despite Suu landslide,democracy years away in Myanmar - Makhan Saikia, Pioneer
Syed Babar Ali: A non-confrontational winner - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
Why China can be casual about English - Sunanda K Datta-Ray, Business Standard
Ashraf Ghani and India-Afghanistan narrative - Pioneer
 
Interviews/Profiles

At 88, a master politician , LK Advani  - Indian Express

Uday to absorb coal cess impact , Piyush Goyal, Power Minister  - Economic Times

Budget 2016 maintained a very fine balance between Bharat and India , Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance  - Economic Times


The man who sang to live , Abdul Rashid Khan  - Indian Express

Power sector stress is just short term , Piyush Goyal, Power Minister  - Economic Times

Internet should not become monopoly of a few , Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communications & IT Minister  - Economic Times

Leadership is more important than gender , Archana Ramasundaram, Director General Sashastra Seema Bal  - Economic Times

Narendra Modi is an ascetic, he hasn’t disappointed , Nassim Nicholas Taleb  - Economic Times

Lt Gen JFR Jacob, last of 1971 war trinity, dies at 92 , Lt-General Jacob Farj Rafael Jacob  - Times of India

The Quintessential Statesman , Atal Bihari Vajpayee  - Pioneer

The man who turned political wisdom on its head , Mufti Mohammad Sayeed  - Mint


Modi-Obama hit it off, India can be a Pacific power , Strobe Talbott  - Times of India

 

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The people of Tamil Nadu deserve much better. There is no difference between DMK and AIDMK. Both are corrupt, both are only personal fiefdoms and both only engage in populism and not real welfare. There is politics of one-upmanship. Tamil Nadu has not risen to its potential because of this and people in TN want development. In Parliament elections, NDA which had aligned with 4-5 parties got nearly 20% vote share but she (Jayalalithaa) could create the impression that she could become PM, and therefore she secured 43% votes. Even she never expected such a jump in vote share. Now Modi is the prime minister. People of Tamil Nadu want change, they want development, they have seen a different kind of governance under Modi and they want that kind of governance.
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