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It is time to speak up against the Hinduphobia of foreign writers: Vamsee Juluri

Oh no, the title actually followed the cover image of the Narasimha statue in Hampi. You will notice one hand is missing but he is trying to write something. This is like the predicament the Hindu community faces right now: we wish to write our history but don’t have a hand; it’s symbolic. All I mean is we need to “re-arm” ourselves to be able to write our own history instead of passively receiving Eurocentric histories of Hinduism that often lack sensitivity and cultural understanding.
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Machiavellian Kejriwal? Yadav and Bhushan's charges paint AAP leader in poor light

Arvind Kejriwal has become victim of his own medicine. Be it the lofty or somewhat unrealistic Swaraj promises on which the Aam Admi Party was founded, the promise to provide an alternate mode of politics, or his repeated appeals to the people of the country to use their mobile phones as weapons to conduct sting operations, seem to have all backfired on him. The highly publicised implosion within AAP has been happening at a time when Kejriwal should ideally...
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The other Islamic state you did not notice

The misinterpretation of data in the form of interpolation and extrapolation of population calculated by officials of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics can’t be defended by even best of our secular sophists, economists and demographers. What happens when Islamism is married to western-style institutions in a western-style state with a western-style Constitution? Perhaps we get a failed Islamic state like Pakistan. Certainly, we also get a steady ethnic cleansing of all minorities.
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The next Dalai Lama, handpicked by China?

According to Beijing, it is for the Communist Party of China to ‘decide’ on the incumbent Dalai Lama’s successor. The process and the result can be farcical, as has been the case with the Panchen Lama. A topic which was not on the agenda of Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, the Special Representatives for the India-China boundary issue, but which is at the core of the relations between the two countries, is the future of the Dalai Lama’s institution after the demise...
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If Patel, not Nehru, had been PM...

My generation was young at the time of Independence. We idolised Jawaharlal Nehru and took it for granted that he would be Prime Minister when India became Independent. His “Tryst with Destiny” speech in Parliament enthused us with much hope and confidence for the future at a time when the country was mired in the holocaust of Partition. Like Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, his oration was a classic. We were rather surprised to learn that 12 provincial Congress committees...
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The supremo culture in Indian polity

The ongoing controversy in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), between the pro-Kejriwal faction and other party leaders, over organisational matters raises two important questions that concern most political parties in India. The first — why do political parties in India have a tendency to centralise? And the second — why do leaders of these parties project themselves as “supremo,” or the ultimate authority? This “high command” culture is often attributed to political parties that are dynastic in nature.
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Some standout governance

Just before the current Budget session began in the third week of February, the big question before policy-makers was how the government would overcome the legislative logjam it faced in view of its lack of majority in the Rajya Sabha. As Parliament went into its scheduled recess from March 21 for about a month, the thought of a legislative logjam that had unnerved many in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government appears to be less of a worry.
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Lead Story
The Idea of Atal is in Danger, and a Bharat Ratna Alone Can't Bring Another Vajpayee - Prabhu Chawla, NewIndianExpress
Modi and the Conversion Trap - Ravi Shankar, NewIndianExpress
Pass the Women's Reservation Bill - Kalpana Sharma, Hindu
Taking people for a ride on the conversion issue - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
Move afoot to sully India's image - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Three reasons why 66A verdict is momentous - Pranesh Prakash, ToI
Machiavellian Kejriwal? Yadav and Bhushan's charges paint AAP leader in poor light - Sanjay Singh, Firstpost
The other Islamic state you did not notice - Anish Gupta & Tamal Dasgupta, Pioneer
Saving foreign policy from jaws of jingoism - Ashok Malik, Pioneer
AAP: Faults and lines - Ashutosh Varshney, Indian Express
A story of Bhuttos, and South Asia - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
Unfair House - Markandey Katju, Indian Express
India and ageing - Suman Bery, Business Standard
Power shift - TN Ninan, Business Standard
Dictators would love 66A - Dipankar Gupta, Time of India
Top mobile operators prepare for data war - Sounak Mitra, Business Standard
Power Sector: Light at the end of the tunnel - Malini Bhupta, Business Standard
Debt conversion into equity - Business Standard
Impact of spectrum costs on tariffs will be mere 1.3 paise per minute: Prasad - Business Standard
The tech worker visa programme is a crucial pillar in US-India commerce - Rajkamal Rao, Business Line
Limited gas solution - Financial Express
India’s telecom disconnect - Financial Express
Gas-based and solar power plants must fire up - Pioneer
The promise of horticulture - Abhirup Bhunia, Business Line
Think big, start small, move fast - Krishnakumar Natarajan, Business Line
Aviation policy scoring self-goals - Amber Dubey, Financial Express
Food insecurity - Financial Express
Ending India’s housing squeeze - Mint
Cleaning up Indian Railways - Subir Roy, Business Standard
Centre’s new, improved real estate bill ready for roll-out - Moushumi Das Gupta, HT
RBI blocks Tatas’ plan to buy out DoCoMo in telecom JV - Reeba Zachariah, ToI
Reviving agriculture - Times of India
How to go global in a jiffy - Indrajit Gupta, Business Standard
Smart phone, smart app, stupid user - Nandagopal Rajan, Financial Express
Making the most of a GIFT - Financial Express
Getting more money into insurance - Shashwat Sharma, Financial Express
Why not television banking? - Charan singh, Advait Nagesh Alai & Naman Jhawar, Business Line
The Neighbourhood/World

The 'all's possible' leader , Lee Kuan Yew  - Pioneer

People have high expectations and want change immediately , Shivraj Singh Chouhan  - Economic Times

An Editor from beginning to end , Vinod Mehta  - Pioneer

The comeback king , Jagmohan Dalmiya  - Financial Express

Kerala is on the cusp of change , Oommen Chandy  - Financial Express

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



Today, the young volunteers who campaigned, debated, danced and convinced voters, friends and family are standing naked in front of the ridiculing crowd and media. Words cannot describe their anguish and sadness. It looks like the volunteers who worked for AAP selflessly are still hanging on to the spirit of Jan Lokpal, while the AAP leaders have moved on to the political games of traditional Indian politics. Ashutosh's blog on "It's a Crisis of Adolescence" even acknowledges this fact openly.
Priya James, AAP volunteer

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Towards 5G and beyond

Wireless, mobile connectivity is rapidly overtaking wired, fixed connectivity that has dominated the internet since its inception. According to the Cisco VNI Index, the number of mobile-connected devices will grow from 7 to 11 billion and mobile data traffic will grow 10-fold in the next five years. This tectonic shift towards mobility presents a unique opportunity to address the next phases of the development of the internet...
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A school in Gujarat seeks to fight caste, plastics

A decade-long experiment, taking shape 100 kilometres from Ahmedabad, halfway to Rajkot, the business hub of Saurashtra region of Gujarat, appears have largely gone unnoticed. Just next to the National Highway 8A, not very far from the sleepy Katariya village, the premier Dalit rights NGO of Gujarat, Navsarjan Trust, is running a higher primary school...
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Three World Cup 2015 finals? Just maybe

World Cup 2015 has had some highlights, but in the main, it has had a low excitement quotient. All four quarter-finals ended and what did we get? Boredom. The most exciting match of the four was perhaps the New Zealand (NZ) versus West Indies match; excitement not with the foregone conclusion that NZ would win, but for Guptill’s demonstration of aggressive...
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Surviving in the information age

In August 2010, Eric Schmidt of Google said that “every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003”, and since 2010, the pace has only hastened. To put this into a Malthusian construct, human ability to meaningfully process information is growing at a snail’s pace, if at all, and it has to contend with this steeply exponential glut of information.
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