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The twain shall meet



When the Jammu and Kashmir BJP gave the call for “Mission 44+” during the run up to the assembly elections in the state, we had our own assessments and calculations for how we could achieve it. We foresaw various post-poll scenarios and worked on different permutations and combinations. But frankly, not even once did we think of a situation where we would be joining hands with the PDP. Something that was unthinkable and unimaginable has happened. Today, J&K has a coalition government led jointly by the PDP and the BJP.
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Jaitley's bold new trajectory



I was full of trepidation because of the huge expectations from the Budget. This was clearly a make or break Budget for the Modi Government as it would have lost the benefit of the doubt, which it has enjoyed until now. Moreover, the fear was that with the electoral outcome in Delhi, the Government could get scared and veer away from the path of reforms. It is indeed to the credit of the Government that they have proven our fears to be unfounded. The Budget is replete with forward looking and reformist measures...
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Independent India’s first federal budget



The first full-year budget of Arun Jaitley is what the Indian Constitution is meant to be: unitary in form and federal in spirit. The Union Budget for 2015 is arguably independent India’s first federal budget. No budget in recent memory or distant history has transferred this magnitude of financial resources to the states as this budget has done—not even in 1974-75 when the share of states in excise duty was doubled. This, the stated position of cooperative federalism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
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Thank You Narendra Modi



Last night I slept well. Because of you. I want to thank you for what you said in the Parliament. And the way you said it. It was exorcism of sorts. Demons must flee so that humans can remain. And normalcy return.  You spoke with a sort of ritualistic vehemence. Nothing less would have sufficed. Every word was in the right place. It is long since we, as Indians, heard anyone proclaim, “The Constitution is our scripture” or “The welfare of all is our religion”. I believe firmly (and I have been, for long, one of your critics as you know)...
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Suresh Prabhu, the Railway star



We have a new star in the government, and his name is Suresh Prabhu. If you want to read an intelligent, purposeful, well-crafted speech that conveys clarity of thought even as it brims over with ideas and policy initiatives on every front, please read Thursday’s railway budget speech. Compare it with the speeches of previous railway ministers, with their endless lists of new train services, and you will immediately see the difference between political posturing and a professional, organizational approach.
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My land is more vital than your national project



My farm land is non-negotiable. Damn a national project ? Right Mr Kejiriwal, Anna Hazare, Medha Patkar, Lalu, Mulayam, Sharad Yadav and Nitish and of course Sonia Gandhi and others who oppose the revision in land bill. The opposition gang up is to stop the recently elected BJP make good its development promise. The existing law passed by the UPA would make it impossible for national projects ( not necessarily private projects ) to take off, thus ending the policy paralysis of the UPA Government.
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With FinComm recommendations, Centre-state relations set to undergo dramatic change



Any big change requires big ideas, decisive leadership and happy coincidence of circumstances. Nothing illustrates this better than the unfolding story of cooperative federalism in India. As chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi had often argued that the central government implemented schemes were at odds with the state’s needs and priorities. For example, schemes that provided funds for electrification were at best of limited value to Gujarat since...
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From separatist to a mainstream neta , Sajjad Lone  - Times of India







EC brought millions of young voters in – they vote for jobs, not community , SY Quraishi, Former Chief Election Eommissioner  - Times of India

‘We want to be a principled force in national politics’ , Yogendra Yadav, AAP spokesperson  - Hindu

Mistress of texture , Mrinalini Mukherjee  - Indian Express

We will land on the moon, being first will be icing on the cake , Rahul Narayan, Team Indus  - Times of India

Shinkansen will transform India the way it transformed Japan , Masafumi Shukuri, Chairman, International High Speed Rail Association  - Times of India



The man who can't be muffled , Arvind Kejriwal  - Hinhu

 

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Both the Congress and the public have the right to know where Mr Gandhi is, since he is is already anointed as the heir apparent of the party. What does the mystery of his sudden withdrawal and disappearance from public mean? Congressmen are merrily contradicting themselves — party spokesman Rajeev Gowda claims that the party’s rank and file “is happy about the cohesive manner in which the two top leaders are functioning.” But Mr Nath and others are openly saying otherwise. If the truth is neither here nor there, it only exhibits confusion within.  Not only is this confusion weakening the party at a time of loss of face, it is also making the public wonder whether it marks the beginning of the end of any relevance for this 125-year old party in changing India.
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World of espionage in black and white

In the ever-changing political and economic scenario, seismic changes take place in the corporate world. It requires re-examination of fundamental concepts and even warrants reversal of the basic premise on which a company’s edifice was built. From there begins a race where the rules keep changing, where there is no finish line and, therefore, no permanent win.
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A Valentine story

As Valentine’s Day arrives, controversies break out in India and passions run high, in more senses than one. But why is it so? Who or what is this Valentine? Is this Valentine just a heart and a symbol of love that purists are so bothered about, or is it “Western pollution” of our culture? Maybe, it is just a marketing strategy of greeting card producers.
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The unbeatable box

Just a few days before he led the Aam Aadmi Party to a landslide victory in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal raised his fears about the tampering of the electronic voting machines (EVM). The fact that 45 of his newly elected MLAs won with a majority of more than 20,000 votes should clear his doubts and also many sceptics who time and again doubt the integrity of these machines...
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Two nations, one obsession

During my time in Delhi, a number of Ambassadors have wistfully told me that they wished they had something as binding as cricket in their relations with India. By relations they mean between our peoples; something that, at almost every level, sparks a connection which brings a smile of understanding and easier friendship. Cricket gives Australia and India this bond.
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