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The second referendum on Modi propels reforms

The state elections of Maharashtra and Haryana, which together account for 378 assembly seats, were touted as an acid test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vote- catching ability and his enduring appeal as a leader who breaks caste barriers and takes apart the stomping grounds of political dynasties. Pundits were in a hurry to give a verdict whether the Modi magic, on full display during the General Election of April-May, had waned since then. They were curious to see whether he could still generate a cascade...
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Modi’s critics must find a new stick to beat him with

In many ways the aftermath of the elections in Maharashtra and Haryana was a case of the dog that didn’t bark. Imagine, for the sake of argument, that the assembly elections in the two states had been held at the beginning of the year, before the general elections. The favourable outcome for the Bharatiya Janata Party would have witnessed a frenetic round of breast-beating. Concerned notables would have been eloquent in expressing their dismay at the communalization of Indian politics and the consequent marginalization of the so-called secular parties.
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The new Modi-Doval doctrine on Pakistan is more robust than Manmohan's

Over the last few weeks, both Narendra Modi and his NSA have been asking our jawans on the international border and the line of control in J&K to give it back in spades if the Pakistanis try disturbing the peace by unprovoked firing. The Pakistanis are said to have been surprised by the ferocity of the BSF response to their provocations. This time a signal combined with action.
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The Mobile first economy

Just two seconds can make a difference of hundreds of crores of rupees in some businesses. That's the premise on which HDFC Securities is re-inventing its stock trading app for mobile phones. The new app will feed real time stock quotes to users' phones, shaving the 1.5 to 2 second lag that exists in the current app. This, among other things, HDFC Securities believes, will help increase brokerage earned from transactions done on mobiles from 2.5% of total revenues to 50% in two years.
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Modi wave washes away Congress again

BJP wrested control of Haryana and was set to do so in Maharashtra on Sunday in an outcome that entrenches its status as the dominant political force and Narendra Modi as currently the country's most popular politician. The ouster of the ruling party from these two states, Congress, also underscored its continuing political marginalization. Devendra Fadnavis, the 44-year-old MLA from Nagpur South-West, is likely to be the next chief minister of Maharashtra after BJP ended the 15-year reign of Congress and NCP in the state.
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A pump war?

Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil war underway pitting the United States and Saudi Arabia on one side against Russia and Iran on the other? One can’t say for sure whether the American-Saudi oil alliance is deliberate or a coincidence of interests, but, if it is explicit, then clearly we’re trying to do to President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, exactly what the Americans and Saudis did to the last leaders of the Soviet Union: pump them to death — bankrupt them by bringing down the price of oil to levels below what both Moscow and Tehran need to finance their budgets.
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The Prime Minister has mandate to pursue reforms

It could not be a clearer verdict in favour of development and growth. Likely results from the two state elections of Haryana and Maharashtra indicate an unprecedented victory for the BJP. And let us make no mistake that this is a result of the electorate strongly signaling its unambiguous support for growth and employment generating policies. It has bought Modi’s dream of Shreshta Bharat. Indians have mandated Prime Minister Modi for pushing ahead with policies to take the country higher in global economic rankings.
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Lead Story
Snow White and the dwarves - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express
The rise of Dera Sacha Sauda’s Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh - Varinder Bhatia, Indian Express
When the Shah came marching in - Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times
Congress faces in-house 'revolt' - Business Standard
Why Kashmir's leaders are frosty to Modi - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Modi unleashes the power of India - Ram Jethmalani, SundayGuardian
Arun Jaitley has nothing to hide - M J Akbar, SundayGuardian
From Siachen’s heights, NaMo made a cracker of a point on Diwali - Shobhaa De, Times of India
Can Congress bounce back from No 3? - SA Aiyar, Times of India
Convenient 'truth-telling' - T N Ninan, Business Standard
Less LoC, more FTA - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
Be reasonable - Indian Express
Why Isro succeeds - Kiran Karnik, Times of India
The dream of a clean India faces many hurdles - Sandipan Deb, Mail Today
Civil servant independence in the country is at best nominal - RK Raghavan, Hindu
The second referendum on Modi propels reforms - PR Ramesh & Ullekh NP, Open
The Constant Campaigner - S Prasannarajan, Open
Modi’s critics must find a new stick to beat him with - Swapan Dasgupta, Telegraph India
PM in whatever-it-takes pledge - Sankarshan Thaku, Telegraph India
Talk if you call the shots - Harsh V Pant, NewIndianExpress
The new Modi-Doval doctrine on Pakistan is more robust than Manmohan's - R Jagannathan, FirstPost
The networker of Vidarbha - Vivek Deshpande, Indian Express
How Uddhav Thackeray lost the Maharashtra plot - Minhaz Merchant, ToI
Why Priyanka Gandhi is a dud and Narendra Modi will continue to rise - Kingshuk Nag, Times of India
The BJP is now becoming permanently poll-ready - Sanjoy Narayan, Hindustan Times
Upbeat BJP braces for Jharkhand challenge - Amarnath Tewary, Hindu
Uddhav skipping PM event shows rift - Ambarish Mishra, Times of India
Modi mission the X-factor in Kashmir race - Sankarshan Thakur, Telegraph India
Congress waits for Rahul to take charge, he seeks clarity on his role - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
The reality Congress refuses to accept - Ashok Malik, Pioneer
Madrasas on India-Bangla border under watch - Abhinandan Mishra, SundayGuardian
Bharara in damage control mode over Modi summons - Madhav Nalpat, SundayGuardian
Pak mobilised infantry unit during cross-border fire - Joyeeta Basu, SundayGuardian
Five-phase polls in J&K, Jharkhand from Nov 25 - Bharti Jain, Times of India
‘Indian already under scanner motivated SIMI men for jihad in Afghanistan’ - Johnson T A, Indian Express
NIA gets no support from West Bengal police in Burdwan blast probe - Bharti Jain, Times of India
Govt tightens scrutiny of accounts of foreign-funded NGOs - Bharti Jain, Times of India
Babus leave decision to investigate NCP leaders in graft cases to new BJP regime - Prafulla Marpakwar,, Times of India
Fadnavis, I have strong family ties: Gadkari - Ambarish Mishra, Times of India
Sonia, Rahul should overhaul Congress: P Chidambaram - Times of India
Khattar on the look-out for honest government officers - Manjeet Sehgal, Mail Today
Silence of top Congress leaders is fuelling sense of despair - Mail Today
BJP counting on Kashmiri Pandits - Gargi Parsai, Hindu
Here is what will change in 'Congress mukt Bharat' - Akshaya Mishra, FirstPost
CBI names Saradha chief, TMC MP Ghosh; who next? - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Diwali break for Maha politics - TN Raghunatha & Deepak Upreti, Pioneer
The Neighbourhood/World
‘All parties come to me, all get same blessings' , Dera Sacha Sauda’s Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh  - Indian Express

Farmers must get compensation, but development can't stop for want of land , Arun Jaitley, Finance minister  - Times of India

MP will also forge ahead like Gujarat, says CM , Shivraj Singh Chouhan  - Open

The man behind Raje's reforms to bat for Jaitley , Rajiv Mehrishi  - Economic Times

A policy guru who 'speaks his mind' , Arvind Subramanian, Chief economic advisor to PM  - Economic Times

From illiterate grandparents to Booker prize , Richard Flanagan  - Times of India

The children’s man , Kailash Satyarthi  - Mint

‘There must be clarity on rules’ , Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland  - Business Line

‘Karyakarta’ who never stops working , Devendra Fadnavis  - Indian Express



The BJP and the Sangh have understood the reality of India’s changing society and an organisation that was considered Brahmin-centric put up a backward caste leader like Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate. Modi is not an ordinary man. The journey of this man, who began earning his living by selling tea, to the prime minister’s chair is no less than that of the hero of a novel. I had warned Nitish that Modi is not an ordinary man, he must not be underestimated. In return, he not only turned me out of the Rajya Sabha, but also expelled me from the party. This is the Tughlaqesque style of running party and government.
Shivanand Tiwari

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The kebab khandan fights back

What's in a name? Crores of rupees, actually. Especially if the name instantly unleashes hunger pangs. Which is why Indian eateries — that for decades have followed an imitate-and-let-imitate philosophy — are suddenly becoming possessive about nomenclature and inheritance. At the moment, two prominent restaurant chains —Tunday Kebabi and Lucknow Wale Tunday Kebabi...
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For the love of Capsaicin and Caution

Desiree Schneider, a young researcher and project leader, has undertaken the “hottest project” at the University of Fulda in Germany to assess the effectiveness of various remedies to combat the hot rush the capsaicin in chilli causes when it is consumed. Schneider’s team of volunteers including herself were the guinea pigs who subjected their taste buds to a series...
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Radio nights

Many other changes Narendra Modi may bring about as prime minister, but for the moment, we oldies past the biblical allocation of three-score-and-ten owe a debt of gratitude to him for reviving everyone's interest in that taken-for-granted chambermaid of the communication age, the radio. Back in the Jurassic Age of the 1950s and 1960s, when we were growing up, it was our sole window to the world. 
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6 surprises that greet a Pakistani in India

Train travel for a Pakistani of my age is a precious childhood memory – the anxiety of being on time, as it never awaited for anyone (not even a VIP!), siblings jostling for a window seat, snack vendors popping up every other moment, the coolies, uniformed ticket checkers, the signals and the crossings. All of this had existed as a fascinating sub-culture.
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