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The dynasty factor



It won’t be easy for the Congress to address its crisis of credibility, circumventing the shortcomings of its impossible-to-change leadership. A defeat as devastating as the one the Congress suffered in the recent general elections in almost any other major political party around the world would have called for a change in leadership. But not in the 128-year-old organisation that brought freedom to India 67 years ago. “Any change that is contemplated,” a former Union Minister, echoing colleagues, said...
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Lalu & Nitish: Hand in hand for first electoral test



Forced by circumstances to join hands, former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar will find their alignment put to the test in byelections to 10 assembly seats on August 21. Their separate fronts having notched a combined tally of more votes than the victorious NDA managed in the Lok Sabha polls, the bypolls will be a test for whether they can retain those shares in alliance against a front that has since settled at the Centre.
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Much ado about nothing: Civil services must pick the best



Precious time of the nation and its leadership is being wasted on a non-issue, namely Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)’s new Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT). We must be the only country on the planet where candidates protest and want to decide how their aptitude for civil services should be tested! Will the same bunch have the courage to tell IIT/IIM or GMAT examination authorities to drop some sections...
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‘Hindu Rashtra’ Reflects Inclusion, Not Theocracy



The comment by a Goa minister that India is a Hindu Rashtra is not something which goes against the spirit of the Indian Constitution or annihilation of secularism. The connotation Hindu is inclusive  in its origin and evolution. Any effort to draw a parallel between Hindu nation and theocratic states needs to be contested. India is the only nation in the world which is co-terminus with a civilisation. In other words, India is an organic example of continuity of age-old civilisation.
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Flush out black cash in India



The black money conundrum gets more and more convoluted. The haze doesn't seem to lift. Twice last week, Arun Jaitley reiterated the BJP's commitment to bring back the black stash, but as we now know the government doesn't have a 'go to' plan. The worthies who make up the panel constituted by the Supreme Court on black money as Mail Today reported recently, is fighting the problem under the influence of the art...
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To mock Putin's pride and test his paranoia is folly



Why does foreign policy default to stupid? From the moment that we heard of the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine it was clearly an accident. Whoever’s finger was on the trigger, the tragedy cannot have been meant. This was not another 9/11. It was cock-up, not conspiracy. Yet foreign policy craves conspiracy. Vladimir Putin blamed the Ukrainian government. Ukraine blamed the pro-Russian rebels. America’s UN ambassador, Samantha Power, “cannot rule out” Moscow’s responsibility. London howled blue murder all round.
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Let there be light



Unless your general knowledge is particularly good, you may not have heard of Gbadolite, as opposed to Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gbadolite is the capital of the country's Nord-Ubangi district. More importantly, it was the ancestral home and residence of ex-President Mobutu Sese Seko, president of Zaire (DRC's former name), between 1965 and 1997.
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Opinion/Commentary
Why Akhilesh should get out of the way - Economic Times
Saharanpur riots show SP regime’s clumsiness - Pioneer
Delhi's dirty secret of privatization - Sandhya Jain, Pioneer
Ban this barbarous practice! - Rasheeda Bhagat, Business Line
Whatever the process to appoint judges, men of character must handle it - ToI
The dynasty factor - Smita Gupta, Hindu
A ‘principled’ Congress stance at the WTO? - Surjit S Bhalla, Indian Express
Achhe din, like old times - Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Indian Express
Much ado about nothing: Civil services must pick the best - Srivatsa Krishna, ToI
Prosperity’s strong link with high income - Mint
When cosiness is discomfiting - Hardeep S Puri, Hindustan Times
Time to axe the Planning Commission? - Ashok Jha, Business Line
Judiciary must open up to public - Rajeev Dhavan, Mail Today
To be a fundamentalist Hindu - Chinmaya R Gharekhan, Indian Express
Oppn Doublespeak on Gaza - Balbir Punj, NewIndianExpress
‘Hindu Rashtra’ Reflects Inclusion, Not Theocracy - Rakesh Sinha, The New Indian Express
Coalition adharma - Meghnad Desai, Financial Express
Flush out black cash in India - Sandeep Bamzai, India Today
Dating the divine - Devdutt Pattanaik, Times of India
An IT emperor with no clothes, India lays bare to cyber attacks - Ravi Venkatesan, Times of India
Scrap subsidies that burn funds - SA Aiyar, Times of India
Japan, India and the balance of power - K Shankar bajpai, Hindu
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Interviews/Profiles
RJD-JD(U) tie-up is an unnatural alliance , Sushil Kumar Modi  - Economic Times

Milk marketing is not a challenge, processing is , T Nanda Kumar, Chairman, NDDB  - Financial Express

The Shrinking of a CM , Omar Abdullah, CM of Jammu & Kashmir  - Indian Express


Fighting the 'womb lottery' , Girindre Beeharry  - Business Standard

Hands that talk , Kutiyattam exponent Gopal Venu  - Indian Express

‘Dreamer’ who revels in the limelight , Himanta Biswa Sarma  - Indian Express

Strongman who frequently attacks those in power , Narayan Rane  - Indian Express


‘No one guides us in Parliament’ , K Kavitha, Anupriya Patel & Pratap Simha  - IE

I would meet Hafiz Saeed again , Ved Pratap Vaidik  - Hindustan Times

Cong thinks it is meant for peacock throne, but the peacock has long since flown , Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Former Bengal Governor  - Indian Express

Who is he? , Ved Pratap Vaidik  - Business Standard

I want NCW on par with NHRC , Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Development Minister  - Times of India


 

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Indians resented their sacred stories being viewed as mythology, not history. They resented the reconstruction of India's history by British Orientalists based on archaeology, philology and epigraphy, especially since they tended to give greater value to everything antiHindu: the founder of Buddhism (Gautama Sakyamuni), the king who patronized Buddhism (Ashoka), the monuments of Islamic kings, and scriptures like Manu Smriti that affirmed that Hindus used the caste system to suppress vast portions of the local population. It seemed like a political conspiracy to systematically strip upper-caste Hindus of all self-worth and self-esteem. That is why those on the Left are convinced our great narratives are `falsehoods' while those on the Right are convinced they are literal `truths'. Both function in a state of colonial hangover, but will deny it violently if accused of it. 
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Norway archipelago shuns those without jobs

As governor of Norway’s northernmost territory, Odd Olsen Ingero commands a police force with just six officers and a single detention cell for an area twice the size of New Jersey. Even that is overkill: Nobody has been locked up here in the capital of Svalbard since last summer. And that was for just two days. It is not just that there are not many people...
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ll you wanted to know about payments Bank

How would it be if your neighbourhood supermarket or even your mobile phone doubled up as a bank? Well, that is precisely what the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is pushing for, in its efforts to get more people into the banking system. Last week, the RBI issued guidelines for a new category of ‘payment banks’ which can provide payment services to migrant...
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Forget-me-Knots

Carnatic music played in the background as 200 guests waited for the wedding ceremony to begin. A Bollywood tune played as the bride’s parents escorted the veiled groom to the mandap. It was an English pop song when they walked with their daughter. The bride was dressed in a maroon lehenga, her hands and feet intricately decorated with henna. The nine bridesmaids and groomsmen....
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Ancient Pak temples draw devotees from across faiths

The Kalibari in Peshawar has a regular devotee who toggles between two identities. At home, up north in the Kurram Tribal Agency, she is Maria Salamat. But here in the temples dedicated to Kali and Balmiki, she becomes Mala Kumari. She will not be allowed into the sanctum as Maria, and back home she cannot survive as Mala. 
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