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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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A real threat, a phobic fantasy

We need to rise above the left-right divide to investigate the menace of ‘love jihad’ with thorough precision, writes Madhu Purnima Kishwar. One of the most unfortunate tendencies in India’s political discourse is to reduce every issue into a “for” versus “against” proposition. This propensity for polarising all issues into two extreme positions is an important reason why almost every issue leads to a permanent stalemate and we rarely move towards solutions. “Love jihad” has come to be one of the latest additions to a meaninglessly polarised debate...
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Modi Rule: an Opportunity for Muslims

The month of September saw three developments that in some way stirred debate on the situation of Indian Muslims and their future under Indian democracy. First, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri released a video on 3 September announcing the establishment of “Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent” (AQIS), a terror outfit that has been succeeding in recruiting Muslim youths from India over the past few years. Media reports indicate that the number of Indian Muslims who responded to the jihadist...
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Lead Story
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
Bureaucrats asked not to act on oral orders from ministers - Vishwa Mohan, ToI
Bhupinder Singh Hooda's populist schemes leave Haryana in Rs 80k cr debt - Manvir Saini, Times of India
Sena split on backing BJP, fears revolt if it stays out of power - Ambarish Mishra, Times of India
Black money: NDA moves to make names public, top politicians said to be on list - Pradeep Thakur, Times of India
Khattar's Modi connection - Archis Mohan & Sanjeeb Mukherjee, Business Standard
ED sniffing out chit fund, terror links? - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Assam youths getting jehadi training in Bangladesh: DGP - Anup Sharma, Pioneer
Speculation rife as Gadkari supporters lobby for him - TN Raghunatha, Pioneer
Sonia takes stock of debacle, may go for rejig - Sandeep A Ashar, Indian Express
Government gives go-ahead to 4 strategic rail lines along China border - Avishek G Dastidar, Indian Express
Gadkari could be in Maharashtra CM race - Kumar Vikram, India Today
NCP backing BJP to bail out its corrupt leaders: Sena - Alok Deshpande, Hindu
Uddav blinks, coming to Delhi to meet BJP brass - Ambarish Mishra, ToI
'NCP exit govt the day Ajit faced probe' - Prafulla Marpakwar, Times of India
'Hooda's boys gave away CLUs, profited' - Raghav Ohri, Economic Times
Haryana gets a Non-Jat CM - Manjeet Sehgal, Mail Today
Behind BJP, upper castes, OBCs and rich - Suhas Palshikar, Indian Express
Jat split, non-Jat consolidation - Sanjay Kumar, Pranav Gupta & Kushal Pal, Indian Express
A day after defeat, knives out in Cong - Manoj C G, Indian Express
Elections in Maharashtra: Have the fires of nativism subsided? - Naman Pugalia, Renuka Sane & Viral B Shah, Mint
Narendra Modi chooses state media to get message out - Rupam Jain Nair & Krista Mahr, Mint
Burdwan: Terror houses mushroom on govt land - Arpit Basu and Surajit Ghosh Hazra, Hindustan Times
Pawar Games - Times of India
Raje calls for CBI probe against Gehlot in 108 scam - Times of India
Split spelt windfall for BJP, fall for Sena - Deeptiman Tiwary, Times of India
The Neighbourhood/World

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

More Indians will discover the fun in philanthropy , Melinda Gates  - Times of India

Important to honour Indians working for the greater good , Thorbjorn Jagland, Nobel Committee chairman  - Hindu

An idol to the world but outcast at home , Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner  - 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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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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Begum Akhtar made India her `deewana'

Her name is synonymous with ghazals. Few singers could express longing, melancholy and unrequited love with such felicity and depth as Begum Akhtar, whose birth centenary celebrations began on Tuesday. Pandit Jasraj recalls going to school as a child and stopping at a kiosk where her song, Deewana bana de, played every morning. "I was mesmerized by her voice...
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Scientists bask in LED glow

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and naturalized U.S. citizen Shuji Nakamura revolutionized lighting technology two decades ago when they...
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