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Manmohan Singh’s views on the Planning Commission seem to be changing colours like a chameleon

Recently, Dr Manmohan Singh spoke at a national convention organised by the Indian Youth Congress—the occasion being Indira Gandhi’s 98th birth anniversary. He spoke on Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi and their legacy. He also spoke on the Planning Commission. Let’s ignore the former and focus on the latter. Among assorted individuals in the country, the person most qualified...
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Lutyen’s zone is a state of mind

The much discussed and referred to Lutyen’s zone in Delhi is not in reality limited to a physical contour, it is actually a state of mind and of being. This state of mind and of being stretches much beyond the physical limits of Lutyen’s zone and its manifestations can be seen beyond as well. One need not necessarily be a physical inhabitant of Lutyen’s zone in order to demonstrate one’s deracinated mindset or one’s disjointed sense of judgment of the realities of India.
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Caste's finest hour

Opportunity knocks but once. Opportunism can knock out reputations once and for all. By forming a government supported by Lalu Prasad Yadav, a convict and casteist, Nitish Kumar stands exposed as an opportunist without conviction. He was forced to give the deputy chief ministership to Tejaswi Yadav, the inexperienced 26-year-old cricketer son of Lalu, who served time for his alleged role in the fodder scam. Nitish has given enough fodder to prove that his government is a proxy-Lalu outfit...
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Terror and alliances of convenience

With the horrific Paris attacks refocusing the global spotlight on the dangers of international terrorism, we should not forget the factors that continue to aid the rise of jihadist forces. The international fight against transnational Islamic terrorism can never succeed as long as short-term geostrategic interests prompt Western powers to form alliances of convenience that strengthen fundamentalist forces extolling violence as a sanctified tool of religion.
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Narendra Modi's visit to Britain is a step in the right direction

For the past six years since he has been the resident of 10 Downing Street, the British prime minister, David Cameron, has hosted a Diwali party. This year was no different. With his battleaxe minister for employment, Priti Patel, guiding him through a photo-hungry clutch of British Indian guests - mainly those with some links with the Conservative Party -Cameron was an epitome of affable charm, qualities that come to him quite naturally.
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India's narrative the world cannot ignore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his London visit to transcend the negative discourse about his regime by projecting a confident and aspirational India, receptive to foreign investment and collaboration, while remaining wedded to its civilisational moorings. Hours before he unveiled the statue of medieval sage Basaveshwara on the banks of the Thames in Lambeth borough, the savagery of terrorist attacks in Paris made the peddlers of ‘Hindu Taliban’ and ‘Intolerant India’ look like snake oil salesmen.
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Forcing a shift in strategy

Symbolically, the Assembly elections in Bihar were the biggest after Lok Sabha 2014. If the 2014 vote gave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unprecedented prominence as a national party, trumping caste politics in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, a year-and-a- half on, Bihar 2015 was seen to be a test of the durability of Brand Modi, his capacity to embody the BJP’s agenda in State after State. That question seems to have been settled, to the BJP’s clear discomfort.
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Lead Story
Setting right a wrong - Pioneer
The devil of our times won't be easily slain - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
Manmohan Singh’s views on the Planning Commission seem to be changing colours like a chameleon - Bibek Debroy, Financial Express
India's middle class remains tiny - Rahul Jacob, Business Standard
Think before you speak, Mr Perfect - Mail Today
The country deserves a productive winter session - Mint
No escape from policy action - AK Bhattacharya, Business Standard
Every election is presidential - Sanjaya Baru, Hindu
Homage to Netaji in Malaysia: Modi has done what Nehru didn't - Chandra Kumar Bose, DailyO
Strong PM, weak PMO - Santosh Tiwari, Financial Express
Two Executions - Syed Badrul Ahsan, Indian Express
Rewarding journalism - Arun Jaitley, Indian Express
Lutyen’s zone is a state of mind - Anirban Ganguly, Times of India
No country for Aamir Khan? - Shuma Raha, Times of India
Manufactured protest, and selective silence - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
Dreams of anti-Modi front - Pioneer
Lachit Borphukan: Remembering the ahom hero on his birthday - Ratnakar Sadasyula, Swarajya
Remember this when Modi goes to the INA war memorial - Sudip Kar Purkayastha, Swarajya
The need for unifying agricultural markets - Mint
Rajiv Gandhi showed no remorse in 1984, rioters went free – ’84 created 2002 and Dadri: H S Phoolka - Rohit E David, Times of India
Shaping the new ideas of India - KG Suresh, Pioneer
Modi is a villain, Sharif the hero! Sick mindset - Balbir Punj, Pioneer
For sure, France today, India tomorrow - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
Modi must assert his authority - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Caste's finest hour - Ravi Shankar, NewIndianExpress
The zumba of politics and the foxtrot of the Economy - Shankkar Aiyar, NewIndianExpress
National interest will be the biggest casualty in the politics of personality clashes - Prabhu Chawla, NewIndianExpress
Terror is terror: Stop the game of alibis - MJ Akbar, Sunday Guardian
Sultan Shahin, not Owaisi, represents India’s Muslims - Madhav Nalapat, SG
Let’s track the small bangs - Bibek Debroy, Indian Express
Pak tests India's patience for talks - Vineeta Pandey, Pioneer
NSA talks must happen - Pioneer
Emerging powers on the prowl - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
Yakub Memon: A case for media as educators - V Raghunathan, Times of India
How Kalam’s role helped avert ‘Hindu bomb’ tag - Chidanand Rajghatta, ToI
Should politics simmer in caste cauldron? - Balbir Punj, NewIndianExpress
Why we need a time-use survey - Bibek Debroy, Indian Express
Indian Universities: Decline by degrees - Upinder Singh, Hindu
Aamir Khan says India is becoming too intolerant. So which country would suit his progressive tastes better? - Shekhar Hattangadi, Mail Today
Looking for a winter turnaround - MR Madhavan, Hindu
Towards decriminalisation of politics - Indu Bhan, Financial Express
Govt readies new policy on start-ups - Asit Ranjan Mishra, Mint
Centre eyes peace deal with Ulfa ahead of Assam polls - Rajnish Sharma, Mint
Fadnavis seeks Bharat Ratna for Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule - Abhiram Ghadyalpatil, Mint
Stormy winter session on the cards as govt. hopes to pass GST Bill - Hindu
Jaitley on GST: Cong suggestion to specify tax rate preposterous - HT
Delhi stands with Dhaka as it punishes war criminals - Sachin Parashar, ToI
Aamir’s remark sparks political, online row - Times of India
PM Narendra Modi hopes to roll out GST in 2016, woos investors in Singapore - ToI
Venkaiah Naidu on Aamir Khan's remarks: Some are misleading, some are misled - Times of India
Aamir’s ‘intolerance’ remark puny compared to Col. Mahadik’s sacrifice: Pawar - Shoumojit Banerjee, Hindu
Task cut out for Assam's new BJP president Sonowal - Simantik Dowerah, Firstpost
Congress, BJP may strike deal on GST - Gyan Varma, Remya Nair & Pretika Khanna, Mint
Modi calls for enhanced Malaysian participation in Indian infra sector - Elizabeth Roche, Mint
Dirty dancing at Laluwood - Mallika Nawal, Swarajya
BJP reacts to Aamir Khan’s intolerance remark: Moving out of India is an individual’s choice - Aaron Pereira, Indian Express
Keep youth away from ISIS: Bengaluru Jama Masjid's Maulana - Sowmya Aji, ToI
IS rival al-Qaida may target India - Raj Shekhar, Times of India
India and Malaysia are defined by diversity and democracy and have built a vibrant economic partnership: PM in Malaysia -
NDA govt braces for a stormy winter session - Gyan Varma & Anuja, Mint
Bihar’s council of ministers: Reward for Lalu and his family members - Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
AAP has become Khap, says senior Bhushan - Himanshi Dhawan & Shafaque Alam, Times of India
JD(U) projects Nitish as face against Modi, Cong worried - Hari S Vyas, Pioneer
Unable to counter facts, Rahul tries distraction - Virendra Kapoor, SG
ISI links bring ISIS threat to India - Madhav Nalapat, Sunday Guardian
UP’s loss is Raje’s gain: Proposed NCR airport shifts to Bhiwadi from Jewar - Kanishka Singh, Sunday Guardian
PM Modi conveys India's concerns to China on Lakhvi issue - Sachin Parashar, Times of India
From non-performing to performing - Rajeswari Sengupta & Richa Roy, Mint
Spurring R&D investment in medicine - Krishna Sarma, Financial Express
Harmonise spectrum to get a higher price for it - Financial Express
The saviour of broadband in India - V Sridhar & Rohit Prasad, Financial Express
What’s holding up India’s farm exports? - Prena SharmaRERNA SHARMA, Business Line
Efficient markets and exchange rates - AV Rajwade, Business Standard
India toughens stand at WTO after safeguards proposal blocked - D Ravi Kanth, Mint
A sunny alliance to fight climate change - Mint
Making the most of low oil prices - Ashish Bhandari, Financial Express
Building Indian cinema's ecosystem - Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, Business Standard
Behind the stumbles of the gold deposit scheme - Business Standard
Pay more, get more - Business Line
Banks have no time for customer service - B Yerram Raju, Business Line
Govt taking steps to relieve stress in PSU banks: Arun Jaitley - Remya Nair, Mint
New culture in the Railways Ministry - RC Acharya, Pioneer
Nandan Nilekani On ‘Rebooting India’ - Antara Das, Swarajya
Govt mulls Europe-style water law to save resource - Vishwa Mohan, ToI
New Orleans shooting: Sixteen people injured, police say - Helen Freund, Mint
Is the bubble bursting for India’s online start-ups? - Mint
Job creation is the new normal for Indian politics: Vasundhara Raje - Mint
Thousands of crores stay uncollected as ED fails to auction impounded houses - Kanishka Singh, Sunday Guardian
New investment paradigm - Financial Express
End pay commissions, says pay commission chairman - Prasanta Sahu & Indu Bhan, Financial Express
Govt unveils roadmap for phasing out corporate tax exemptions - Remya Nair, Mint
SBI declares Vijay Mallya 'wilful defaulter', ED to probe laundering - Neeraj Chauhan & Mayur Shetty, Times of India
Jan Dhan Yojana 5.37 crore bank a/cs deposits grow from Rs 4.27 lakh to Rs 27,000 crore in a year - Saikat Das, Economic Times
Export Sector: Centre needs to be commended for the rapidity - Business Line
Ease of doing Business: The new commercial courts ordinance is a big positive step - Abhishek Dwivedi, Swarajya
Tides are shifting, India must decide fast on a strategy to cope with post-TPP era - Rajiv Kumar, Times of India
Re-building BSNL - Financial Express
Lay of the govt’s land - Bibek Debroy, Financial Express
The Neighbourhood/World
The war on ISIS is already falling apart - Mail Today
Too many cooks for Syrian broth - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
A long, very dirty war - Claude Smadja, Business Standard
China's cloudy future - II - Deepak Lal, Business Standard
What I expect from Paris – Climate change conference must be the turning point towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future - Ban Ki-moon, Times of India
US sale of F-16s to Pakistan likely to go through - Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times
India needs to counter China in Southeast Asia with strong policies - HT
India and the Maldives need to move ahead - Pioneer
Beyond borders and blockades - Atul K Thakur, Pioneer
Raja-Mandala: Japan’s counter to China’s silk road - C Raja Mohan, Indian Express
Danger signs for Bangladesh - Rudroneel Ghosh, Times of India
The new wave of global terrorism - WPS Sidhu, Mint
‘With IS, it’s just about power’ - Mary Wakefield, Deccan Chronicle
PM Narendra Modi’s second time in the land of Lee Kuan Yew - S Chaulia, ET
A doomsday weapon or the next big thing - Gwynne Dyer, Pioneer
Paris mastermind: Abu oud or Ibn Taymiyyah? - S Gurumurthy, NewIndianExpress
PM Modi’s UK visit was extraordinary - Lord Karan Bilimoria, Sunday Guardian
Shadows in the city of light - Parvathi Menon, Hindu
From Lebanon to Paris to Mali, the tentacles of ISIS are extending their reach - Mail Today
Madhesi uprising in Nepal: The only solution lies in making Constitution inclusive - Hari Bansh Jha, Pioneer
Gunmen kill 27 at Mali hotel, 20 Indians evacuated - Times of India
Ashraf Ghani and India-Afghanistan narrative - Pioneer

I have given states an offer they can't refuse , Piyush Goyal  - Business Standard

Poll outcomes will not hit reforms , Nirmala Sitharaman  - Hindu

Thinker and political narrator , Deendayal Upadhyaya  - Pioneer

A self-made hero, and a mentor , Brijmohan Lall Munjal  - Economic Times

A man of endless curiosity , Angus Deaton  - Telegraph

‘BJP alone will win 120 seats in Bihar’ , Amit Shah  - Outlook India



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