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The new normal in terrorism

When serving as the US national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, once famously remarked, “There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” In a world rent by terrorism, the resonance of this statement is even greater as governments have to be on their alert at all times. Even a moment of laxity can be deadly. Last week, three countries—Tunisia, France and Kuwait—were reminded of the cost of letting down their guard. In Kuwait, a suicide bomber led an attack on a Shia mosque killing 27 people on Friday.
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Yoga Modified: From soft power to nationhood

There is always a danger in trying to anticipate the manner in which an event that seems terribly significant today comes to be viewed by posterity. Matters are further complicated by a made-in-media society that is often inclined to attach more breathless significance to a 140-character tweet than it did to the abolition of the Planning Commission. The significance of last Sunday’s World Yoga Day was to a large extent overshadowed in India by the lavish media attention showered on the controversies...
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To forget is costly

At the best of times India is bad at commemorating the past. Under the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that the 40th anniversary of Indira Gandhi’s 20-month Emergency will be marked in a perfunctory way. Although even this patchy commemoration wouldn’t have happened had the Congress still been in power at the Centre, the casual way India approaches its history — both distant and recent — is quite galling. This makes it possible for the entire horrific experience that shaped the political outlook...
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Will States do their BIT?

While launching the Make in India campaign, the Prime Minister had also unveiled ‘Team India’ — including the Prime Minister and chief ministers — to work in sync for development. This has become pivotal in economic decision making at the Centre, and its imprint can be seen in almost every policy. That said, since States are pursuing investment they are also competing in improving the ‘doing business’ indicators furiously. And many are engaging in economic paradiplomacy — CMs are travelling abroad to woo investors.
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Janata couldn’t have won without RSS

I have been sympathetic to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh because it is a nationalist organisation. I am not a supporter; there are aspects of its belief system — chiefly science and economics — that I disagree with. This is the first time I am dedicating an article to its wisdom and heroism. For, this is what I learnt over the past few days; it is true, but nobody has told this story before. Even the most extensive of reports on the political developments of the 1970s...
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India’s presence in global rice trade is a great stabilising force

If the probability of deficient monsoons does not cast a negative spell on Indian summer crops (or assuming that Skymet’s forecast is proved right) and rice production stays around 103 million tonnes (MT), India can again maintain top rank in world rice trade by shipping out about 12 MT in 2015-16. An adverse export performance by India can rattle worldwide rice trade with extreme volatility and exorbitant prices.
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When messengers shoot each other, it's the message that becomes the first casualty

When newspersons become newsmakers, they are writing the obituary of news. When newspapers run down their competitors, it amounts to self-assassination. When TV channels froth at the mouth against one another, it indicates the total commercialisation of the news industry. The media is considered to be the messenger who carries good, bad and ugly news to its readers and viewers. Never before has it been under such intensive scrutiny as now.
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In PM Modi’s hand, ancient and modern blend - Pioneer
The diaspora goldmine - Ricardo Hausmann, Mint
The new normal in terrorism - Mint
There’s no nuking Indo-French ties - Jayita Sarkar, Business Line
A need for vigilance - Ram Madhav, Indian Express
An act of moral will - Kiel Brennan Marquez, Indian Express
Grexit tremors - Times of India
India - The new global favourite? - AK Bhattacharya, Business Standard
Greece: On the brink - Meghnad Desai, Financial Express
It’s all up to how the die is 'caste' in Bihar - Neerja Chowdhury, Hindustan Times
India's eductaion system: Pretending to be poor pays off - Hindustan Times
Yoga Modified: From soft power to nationhood - Swapan Dasgupta, Times of India
Left slur on Yoga akin to Taliban's intolerance - Balbir Punj, NewIndianExpress
Why middle class must cry halt to this MW rip-off - Shankkar Aiyar, NewIndianExpress
1975: A coup against liberty - MJ Akbar, Sunday Guardian
Gandhi’s grandson fails to see truth of Emergency - Virendra Kapoor, Sunday Guardian
Why we need a time-use survey - Bibek Debroy, Indian Express
Indian Universities: Decline by degrees - Upinder Singh, Hindu
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From Icarus to Tsipras - Financial Express
Greece’s unfair creditors - V Anantha Nageswaran, Mint
Greece comes to a sudden stop. Now what? - Mohamed A El-Erian, Mint
Chinese leverage - Mint
Chinese Submarines - C Raja Mohan, Indian Express
Mediterranean Edge - Rajendra Abhyankar, Indian Express
Greek tragedy - Indian Express
'Black Monday' as bank lockdown spooks Greeks - Ella Ide & Pauline Froissart, Yahoo
America and China: The productivity paradox - Stephen S Roach, FE
Europe’s steady slide towards Grexit - Mint
Greece, China and the markets - Manas Chakravarty, Mint
How much debt-ridden Greece owes to international creditors - Hindustan Times
UK foils IS plot to blow up London parade, claims report - Aditi Khanna, Mint
China: In the heart of an economic beast - Times of India
Dismantle well-oiled IS machinery - Satish Misra, NewIndianExpress
Nepal: A new moment, a new court - Yubaraj Ghimire, Indian Express
The narrowing Persian gulf - Ashok K Mehta, Hindu
Is Greece like Lehman Brothers? - Neil Irwin, Business Standard
The end of leisure in France? - Rohini Rangachari Karnik, Business Line
The big fat Greek blame game - Hugo Dixon, Reuters
Chinese investors swimming in a bubble - William Pesek, Business Standard
Afghan attack should alert India to be prepared for spurt in terror - HT
What ails 'resilient but stretched' Afghan forces? Taliban onslaught, IS footprint, foreign jihadists - Hindustan Times
West & Russia: Reluctant adversaries - S Nihal Singh, Deccan Chronicle
The unrealised American Dream - RK Raghavan, Hindu
Ashraf Ghani and India-Afghanistan narrative - Pioneer

My aim is to make farming profitable , Sayantan Bera  - Mint

He was not a modernist, but radiated hybridity , Charles Correa  - Economic Times

The Count is dead , Christopher Lee  - Indian Express

We are refining Right to Education Act now , Vasundhara Raje  - Economic Times

PM Modi kept promise on land agreement , Syed Muazzem Ali  - Times of India

The Shakespeare of economics , John Nash  - Indian Express

RBI’s job is to build confidence, not play cheerleader , Raghuram Rajan, RBI Governor  - Business Line

Clarity in gas pricing has led to investor confidence , Dharmendra Pradhan  - Financial Express

God’s own civil servant , KC Sivaramakrishnan  - Indian Express

Ordinary muslims paying price for acts of Jihadis , Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  - Economic Times



The Congress decision to boycott a global celebration of India's genius on Yoga Day is, therefore, puzzling at the very least. Is it a touch of bile in the brain? Or is the problem elsewhere? Has Congress under Rahul Gandhi got Anglicized in the 19th century sense, where "native" knowledge is considered regression? Or is Congress, once again, merely pandering to extremists among minorities who get more support from media vehicles eager for provocative sound-bites than they get from their community? I hope one is not mixing metaphors when one notes that Congress leaders are getting into all kinds of contortions in their effort to explain the inexplicable and defend the indefensible.
MJ Akbar

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On June 29, eighteen years ago, the world saw the publication of the first book in a series that changed the reading habits of children around the world. The first book, called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone written by then an unknown author, JK Rowling, came out on this date. The seven-book series, now a cultural icon, has been translated into over 60 languages...
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The birth of the Internet in India

Kanakasabapathy Pandyan remembers the parties. Quite vividly. Long evenings, endless chatter and glass-in-hand (always) parties. Held at Vijay Mukhi’s sprawling apartment on Nepean Sea Road, south Bombay. Mukhi was a technology evangelist back then, a man who loved his computer more than anything else in the world. So it was only natural that he had something...
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Lost are those who speak no English?

As the market forces get hyperactive, it is high time we reviewed not only our approach towards learning an international language but also our priorities. "I’m a man of leisure. That’s because I have an English degree and can’t get a job,” wrote Jarod Kintz, the humorist, in his book E-mails From a Madman. A bare English degree may have its own limitations in the job market...
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Anyone can play Satyajit Ray

Culture isn’t a copyright. When people say: “That’s our culture,” they simply mean they have been doing certain things that way. Others can do the same things differently. Culture, which includes artistic production and consumption, is therefore nobody’s private property, intellectual, or, in some cases, even material. Of late, Bengalis have been losing sweat over a particular cultural question.
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