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Love Aaj Kal… Factoids from history for team Obama

The history of the relationship between India and the United States of America has all the makings of a torrid tale. Hollywood would say, “It’s complicated.” Bollywood would probably call the Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa affair as Love Aaj Kal. It is hard to explain why Indo-US friendship with so much going for it has travelled so little. The script and cast have both played a part as has the contrasting style of articulation—the transactional straight line expectation vis-à-vis the very Indian jalebi formulation.
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How we shoot ourselves in the foot

In a recent interaction with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that if he had had 282 MPs, he "would have passed a simple legislation that is required to undo" retrospective taxation. But the former minister's actions belie his words. Rather than demonstrate any inclination to repeal the law, as finance minister he had aggressively deployed it. The running joke during his tenure was that the National Advisory Council set the expenditures, the ratings agencies...
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Denial is not a cure for historical abuse, truth is

One of the greatest gifts that children can receive from their parents is an emotionally stable childhood. Materialistic trappings cannot compensate for the bliss of growing up in a well-adjusted, happy family; one where the child is not exposed to domestic violence, warring parents, physical or emotional abuse. Sadly, both research and anecdotal evidence indicate that many children are deprived of this blessing and grow up in dysfunctional families. They develop coping skills to handle traumatic experiences: Sometimes denial...
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Two navigators, a clear course

This is what happens when determined leaders have a meeting of minds. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott this week signed a framework agreement to strengthen defence and security cooperation between their countries. In a bilateral sense, this agreement is just another landmark among many from Modi’s welcome and historic visit to Australia. Its greater significance may lie in what it means for our shared Indo-Pacific region.
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Millennia before European thinkers, Gita and Arthashastra embodied Indian tradition of realpolitik

World order in Hindu cosmology was governed by immutable cycles of an almost inconceivably vast scale — millions of years long. Kingdoms would fall, and the universe would be destroyed, but it would be re-created, and new kingdoms would rise again. The true nature of human experience was known only to those who endured and transcended these temporal upheavals. The Hindu classic the Bhagavad Gita framed these spirited tests in terms of the relationship between morality and power.
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Modi will bring new life to the Saarc summit in Kathmandu

Precisely six months after Narendra Modi took office as prime minister and his promise of achche din or “good days” caught the imagination of the Indian people, the high expectations raised by Modi’s style and governance are spreading in the country’s neighbourhood. When Modi and seven other heads of State and government from South Asia meet in Kathmandu a week from today, India will stop being treated as the whipping boy within the South Asian...
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Grand old, tired party

The beautiful people and their eloquence in Vigyan Bhawan over the last two days was just a blip in the radar for an audience riveted to regular blockbusters from Varanasi, Myanmar and Sydney. The subtlety of Nehru-Gandhi chic is apparently no match for the razzle-dazzle of sartorial variation emanating from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stable. To put it bluntly, the first sign of political activity from a semi-comatose Congress — in the form of the Jawaharlal Nehru Commemorative International Conference...
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Lead Story
The threat of Islam-centric parties is too serious to be ignored - Virendra Kapoor, Sunday Guardian
A Modi Doctrine - Sunday Guardian
Save God from Godmen - MJ Akbar, Sunday Guardian
Love Aaj Kal… Factoids from history for team Obama - Shankkar Aiyar, NewIndianExpress
Circus clowns at the Gate, but Modi citadel remains unfazed - Jay Bhattacharjee, NewIndianExpress
Method diminishes the Idea - Ravi Shankar, NewIndianExpress
Put reforms on fast track - Sandeep Bamzai, Mail Today
Obama visit is thanks to Modi - Mail Today
How we shoot ourselves in the foot - Arvind Panagariya, Business Standard
A moment of possibility in Jammu and Kashmir - Suhasini Haidar, Hindu
Disoriented Congress hopes Modi slips up - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Those who don't show their anger are stronger - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
Right about-turn - Tavleen Singh, Indian Express
Rusty arm of the law - Manoj Mitta, Times of India
Clean India by wiping out unholy charlatans - Shobhaa De, Times of India
Indian iconography modified - Harsh V Pant, NewIndianExpress
The importance of the non-playing observers at the Saarc summit - Sunanda K. Datta-Ray, Telegraph India
The CBI’s one-man aberration - RK Raghavan, Hindu
Unprecedented indictment - Hindu
Denial is not a cure for historical abuse, truth is - Amish Tripathi, Hindustan Times
Digital fossil - Shombit Sengupta, Indian Express
BJP a major factor as Kashmir readies to vote - Sheikh Qayoom, IANS
DMK fears Rajni magic will break political spell - MC Rajan, NewIndianExpress
Guns N' Roses: Terror strikes them young - Yatish Yadav, SundayStandard
Congress leaders keen to sit out Delhi polls - Pankaj Vohra, Sunday Guardian
Myopic Congress must widen view - Kamlendra Kanwar, NewIndianExpress
BJP steps up efforts to get Sena on board - Dharmendra Jore, Hindustan Times
Delhi's poll pulao gets more spicy - Shaswati Das, Mail Today
Going the extra mile for the national capital - Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard
Changing the Script - Zahid Rafiq, Hindu
Analysing the game-changing year - Rajesh Singh, Pioneer
Delusional Didi sees conspiracy everywhere - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Weak in West Bengal, Didi looks for options - Hari shankar vyas, Pioneer
J&K: PM Modi promises to fulfil Vajpayee’s ‘dream’; takes dig at dynastic politics - Indian Express
Three decades on, defence minister clears Rs 15,750 crore howitzer project - Rajat Pandit, Times of India
Suresh Prabhu's two-track challenge - Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard
Is it a good time to have elections in Bengal? - Hindu
Modi to launch BJP's Mission 44+ - Mohit Kandhari, Pioneer
Didi's key wicket falls to Saradha - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
CBI dragnet closes in on wary TMC - Soudhriti Bhabani, Business Today
Reds trained Rampal's private army - Manjeet Sehgal & Ajay Kumar, Mail Today
Attend Parliament: Modi diktat to all NDA MPs - Mohua Chatterjee, Times of India
All IAS officers must serve in civic bodies: Venkaiah Naidu - Dipak K Dash, ToI
J&K polls: For BJP, tough turf in valley, safer zone in Jammu - M Saleem Pandit, Times of India
Congress wants Bihar allies to accept Nitish Kumar as boss - Subodh Ghildiyal, Times of India
Narendra Modi’s diplomatic coup: Barack Obama to be Republic Day parade chief guest - Times of India
Saradha chit fund scam: Trinamool MP Srinjoy Bose held - Times of India
Will Time be Modi(fied)? - Pioneer
Bengal Minister flees pvt hospital - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
CBI boss faces revolt from within his ranks - Pioneer
Shah gives momentum to poll campaign - Mohit Kandhari, Pioneer
JDU gag advisory for Manjhi - Dipak Mishra, Telegraph India
More left than left - Telegraph India
J&K polls: BJP bets on woman power to take on Omar Abdullah - Sameer Yasir, FirstPost
Smriti Irani could be Shah’s big gun in Delhi - Liz Mathew, Indian Express
'Incursions will hurt ties': Rajnath Singh hits out at China for 'illegal occupation' - Mail Today
Narendra Modi visits Vajpayee, Advani - Nistula Hebbar, Indian Express
UPA fraud and our acquiescence - Ram Jethmalani, Sunday Guardian
Modi to push for SAARC Development Bank in summit - Nayanima Basu, Business Standard
Will revisit tax treaties to exhume black money: Jaitley - Pioneer
Raid on Sahara properties in Delhi & NCR - Times of India
Alarm in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu as Andhra’s Naidu 2.0 goes on business hunt - Kingshuk Nag, Rajesh Chandramouli & Shilpa Phadnis, Times of India
I’m against higher tax burden on middle class, Arun Jaitley says - Times of India
Cool bounty from Himachal hothouses - Sarita Brara, Business Line
How unexplained anomalies are keeping scientists interested in low energy nuclear reactions - Hari Pulakkat, Economic Times
Need to bring back work culture of Bengal - Reshmi R Dasgupta, Economic Times
Size matters in banking - Economic Times
Obama’s immigration tweaks leave tech companies wanting - Noel Randewich & Roberta Rampton, Mint
Kotak-ING Vysya deal a slap on foreign banks’ face - Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Mint
Northeast power grid system approved - Andrew W Lyngdoh, Telegraph India
Restructure Indian Railways - Ramakrishnan TS, NewIndianExpress
Govt smells a rat in RBI easing gold import - Sidhartha, Times of India
E-commerce trumps realty in investments - Pooja Sarkar, Mint
How CEOs are becoming more powerful than most politicians - TCA Sharad Raghavan, Mint
Why India needed to stand up to WTO - Tulsi Jayakumar, Business Line
Kisan Vikas Patra 2.0 - Business Line
Despite trade union's opposition, Centre to go ahead with labour law amendments - Business Standard
Simultaneous auction of 2G, 3G bands on the cards - Business Standard
Left over on the table - Ajay Jakhar, Indian Express
74 coal blocks to go under e-hammer in Feb - Animesh Singh, Pioneer
Well implemented, pragmatic laws are needed - Pioneer
Don’t swallow bitter pills - Leena Menghaney, Economic Times
The Neighbourhood/World
Discourse has changed in Kashmir , Sajjad Gani Lone, Separatist leader  - Sunday Guardian

The Man-God , Sant Rampal  - Indian Express

If we didn’t have differences, we wouldn’t need SAARC , Tshering Tobgay, Bhutan Prime Minister  - Hindu

One lesson I have learnt is that I will never resign , Arvind Kejriwal  - Indian Express

We are not Muslim-only party , Asaduddin Owaisi, MIM chief  - Hindustan Times

Can anyone tell me meaning of saffronisation? , Dinanath Batra, Chief, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas  - Hindustan Times

India most attractive market; Modi key , Christopher Wood, CLSA Ltd  - Mint

We would prefer Indian goods over Chinese , Joon-gyu Lee, South Korea’s Ambassador to India  - Business Line

Style, both subtle and direct , Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister  - Pioneer

People want results and BJP has shown it can deliver , Satish Upadhyay, BJP state chief  - Times of India

The banker politician in NaMo's cabinet , Suresh Prabhu  - Economic Times

Reforms are the art of the possible , Arun Jaitley  - Mint



India’s ancient gurukuls perpetuated the oral tradition much before Sanskrit acquired a script. To make it accessible today, introduce folklore in formal education. Include the Bhagavad Gita in textbooks. By evolving from recitation to understanding, the imagination of eternal India will be rekindled.
Ravi Shankar

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Birth of a footballing nation?

Despite a vibrant sporting culture, the relevance of sports to the understanding of society has only recently been explored by people around us. Football in India, especially in Bengal, in my opinion, provided the masses a unique answer to the imperial charge of abhors held against them in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The texts written on football in India too, are elaborate...
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Laughter factory

Applauding is a good way to stay warm inside the freezing Studio 7 at Film City in Mumbai's Goregaon. A television programme, a queer mix of a sitcom and a chat show, is being shot. Someone from the audience asks for the air conditioning to be turned down but is offered a polite lecture on how that could cause the halogen lamps to blow up. Conversely, a man on stage protests the heat while his face...
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City with the ravished soul

No one knows more about Karachi than this extraordinary Frenchman named Laurent Gayer, with his undying French sensibility producing gems like “normalisation of the unofficial” to describe the death of a metropolis in his book Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City (OUP 2014). He consoles us by saying Karachi is not as knocked-up as Caracas and Guatemala City in other parts of the world...
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Past relics find their place in the present

The museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California is different. It has an open-air theatre that bears the unmistakable imprimatur of its ancestors. In India one associates museums with official-looking buildings breathing bureaucratic sterility. The generally grimy exhibits do not always inform and frequently bore. It is very different at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California.
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