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The story of Marans: Sun King and his brother

In under three decades the Maran brothers have created one of the strongest media houses in the country. The man who led this journey is 50-year-old Kalanithi Maran, chairman and managing director of the Sun Group. His media conglomerate dominates the southern television market, with 33 channels in four languages that reach more than 95 million households. The Sun Group owns the largest chain of TV channels in India. The group’s other business interests include direct-to-home broadcasting, 45 FM radio...
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Understanding postcolonial Muslim politics

The term “Muslim politics” is used, discussed, analysed and even criticised in a number of ways. Popular demands such as the protection of Urdu or Muslim Personal Law, the programmes, policies and activities of Muslim organisations or pressure groups, sermons, speeches and statements of influential Muslim personalities and the Muslim voting pattern in elections are often studied as legitimate constituents of “Muslim politics” in postcolonial India.
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Friends for the future

When they catch up this weekend in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will celebrate the deep civilisational links between the two nations before they unveil the contours of a more purposeful strategic partnership in Tokyo on Monday. That Modi and Abe have developed a personal rapport over the...
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ISIS' clear and present danger

The time is over when United States President Barack Obama thought he could afford to make a joke about the ISIS. The jihadists claiming to have established the Islamic State are now the worst security threat ever for the Western world - but not only for it - surpassing by far whatever Al-Qaeda represented at its peak, on 9/11 and after. The militants of the ISIS, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are so hardline, and are demonstrating such a blind cruelty and ruthlessness, that they by far supplant what remains of Al-Qaeda...
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Fantasising about peace with Pakistan

Diplomatic engagement with a neighbour having territorial ambitions and an abiding desire to alter the balance of power has to be carefully planned and executed. Apart from realistically assessing the balance of military and economic power, one has also to carefully assess the neighbour’s internal political equations, and whether the political and army leadership have the inclination and the will to live at peace, without resorting to terrorism as an instrument of state policy.
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The barefoot government

Since 1947, Indians have not spoken out so strongly and clearly for a completely new brand of people running government. Mercifully, there are no ministers educated abroad. Thankfully, none of them has been brainwashed at Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, the World Bank or the IMF, subtly forcing expensive Western solutions on typically Indian problems at the cost of the poor. Look what the high-powered, foreign-returned degree-wallahs have reduced this country to.
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SC coal blocks verdict will ruin power sector – and Manmohan’s reputation

The Supreme Court’s order in the coal blocks allocation case today (25 August) will have far-reaching implications for policy-making and economic growth. In fact, it is even more damaging to the economy than the cancellation of 2G licences in February 2012. The order says, inter alia, that all coal blocks allocated since 1993 – when the sector was opened up for captive mining by the power sector – are illegal because the process followed for allocation was...
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Lead Story
Kerala liquor ban: The bar is closed - Indulekha Aravind, Business Standard
No review of nuclear doctrine, says Modi - Hindu
SC to govt: Can India have FBI-like body? - Utkarsh Anand, Indian Express
Cong divided on fixing age limit - Manoj CG, Indian Express
Rumour is the eyes have it - Times of India
Rahul Gandhi skips UP bypoll campaign, raises eyebrows - Times of India
Aircel-Maxis deal: CBI charges Marans, says they took Rs 742 crore bribe - Neeraj Chauhan, Times of India
Pakistan made a ‘spectacle’ of bid to resolve issues, Narendra Modi says - Times of India
PM Narendra Modi plans digital cloud for every Indian - Nistula Hebbar, ET
Beyond Nehru-Gandhis: UGC to chairs after ‘unsung’ heroes - Ritika Chopra, ET
SC’s coal block allotments order spooks ongoing deals - Utpal Bhaskar, Mint
Nothing wrong in calling Indians Hindu: Heptullah - Zia Haq, Hindustan Times
Jung flags off BJP's Rajdhani Express - Shaswati Das, Mail Today
Congress gearing for generational shift? - Manoj CG, Indian Express
Mizoram grapples with narcotic that gives a kick, addiction it can’t cure - Adam Halliday, Indian Express
Fall and rise of key UP campaigners: Yogi Adityanath - Lalmani Verma, IE
BJP to go it alone in Haryana - Liz Mathew, Indian Express
Probe against Chandy in graft case - VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
Saradha scam: CBI raids in Assam, Bengal, Mumbai - Pioneer
Traits which make new PM different from predecessors - Rajesh Ramachandran, Economic Times
Modi allows only 11 ministries so far to showcase achievements next week - Ananya Sengupta, Telegraph
Riots trigger power struggle in western Uttar Pradesh - Sunita Aron & Vashishth Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times
Sun TV facing music as I&B nixes licence - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
NDA dumps Gadgil's report on Western Ghats - Moushumi Basu, Pioneer
Onus on PM to keep tainted netas out of Cabinet: SC - Abraham Thomas, Pioneer
Related parties won't have an easy walk to the bank - N Sundaresha Subramanian & Sudipto Dey, Business Standard
The story of Marans: Sun King and his brother - Business Standard
Modi's vision of 'smart cities' takes shape as government commits to delivering first three hubs by 2019 - Kumar Vikaram, Mail Today
Modi Sarkar grows domestic product - Mail Today
Rs. 6,000-cr. copter tender axed - Hindu
GDP rises 5.7% in April-June, fastest growth in 9 quarters - Times of India
Public-sector banks need robust rewards and penalties - Business Standard
Debt trap: Rs. 4.5 lakh cr worth of power projects on the block - Anupama Airy, HT
Rupee lessons - Financial Express
Japan key to India’s Look East policy - Chandrajit Banerjee, Financial Express
Jaitley: Will open up education, fast-track defence purchases - Indian Express
Cancellation of coal blocks may turn investments worth Rs5 lakh - Pioneer
Foreign investment will help revamp Railways - Pioneer
Hedge funds investing in India turn top performers on hopes from Modi - Klaus Wille, Mint
The cost of no power - Business Standard
Supreme Court refuses DLF relief, asks to pay R630 crore CCI penalty - Utkarsh Anand, Indian Express
Framework to boost exports - Hindu
India Inc's big vote of confidence for Modi - Business Standard
Tentative signs of an economic recovery - Mint
Incredible India must move into the next orbit - Suman Billa, Hindustan Times
SC coal verdict: Power majors stare at uncertain future - Business Standard
100 days of Modi Govt: No landmark decisions yet, but on right track - Nivedita Mookerji, Business Standard
MoD not to issue new contracts to Finmeccanica - Pranav Kulkarni, Indian Express
The Neighbourhood/World
Obama’s another pause on syrian front - S Rajagopalan, Pioneer
Pakistan army steps in to revive govt’s talks with protesters - Times of India
Afghanistan holds the key to regional stability - Ranajoy Sen, Hindustan Times
Rawalpindi temple may be another casualty of Pakistan's army - Reema Abbasi, Mail Today
After these protests, secularism has lost its force - Mehr F Husain, Mail Today
Iraq, Syria and the Islamic State: A war that crosses national boundaries - Economist
US lawmakers want Obama to seek Congress nod on Syria - S Rajagopalan, Pioneer
Narendra Modi expected to revive Saarc’s largest economy after decade of economic, political muddle - Ram Charan, Economic Times
Crisis looms large as Sharif weakens - Hiranmay Karlekar, Pioneer
India-Nepal: Treaty that reflects a meeting of hearts - Rajesh Singh, Pioneer
Nepal's political divisions are resurfacing, threatening to delay the constitution once more - Yubaraj Ghimire, Indian Express
How Europe is underwriting al-Qaeda - Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times
The new world order needs a new Islam - Sandhya Jain, Pioneer
Making friends with the middle - C Raja Mohan & Rory Medcalf, Indian Express
US weighs direct military action against ISIS in Syria - Michael D Shear, ToI
Stopping the worst people on Earth - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post
From democracy to mobocracy in Pak - Ashok Behuria, Pioneer
Idea of Pakistan is getting blurred - Medha Bisht, Pioneer
'Isis beyond anything we have seen' - Spencer Ackerman, Guardian
In step , Raghuram Rajan  - Mint

There is evidence of fairly strong recovery , Pronab Sen, chairman of the National Statistical Commission  - Business Standard

If India unleashes its full potential, it can grow faster than China , Hans-Paul Bürkner, Chairman BCG  - Economic Times

FCI should serve its mandate at a low cost , Ashok Gulati  - Financial Express

I want to rekindle British love affair with India , Nick Clegg, British Deputy Prime Minister  - Economic Times

Courts should be dealing with serious criminal offences, not with petty cases , Justice AP Shah, Chairman of the Law Commission  - Hindu

The yogi who became a global brand , B.K.S. Iyengar  - Hindu

BJP will win Bihar despite Lalu, Nitish and Congress alliance , Syed Shahnawaz Hussain  - SundayStandard

The Congress's torchbearer in Uttarakhand , Harish Rawat  - Business Standard



The story of Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra is not unique. Hindustan’s landscape is dotted with mosques built on sites where temples stood, often crafted with material from the destroyed places of worship. Quwwat-ul Islam, the first mosque built in Delhi, bears testimony to the invader’s smash-and-grab policy, as do the mosques Aurangzeb built in Kashi and Mathura, or the mosque Mir Baqi built at Ayodhya on the site Hindus believe to be, and revere as, Ram Janmabhumi. The pillars and inner walls of Babri Masjid, as the disputed structure was known till it came crashing down on December 6, 1992, were those of a temple that once stood there, a fact proven beyond doubt.
Kanchan Gupta

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The challenge of ensuring adequate, nutrient-rich food for an expanding global population is a daunting one, especially given constraints on key resources such as water and agricultural land. As it stands, the two leading approaches to enriching and enlarging the world’s food supply are genetic engineering and industrial processing with additives and chemicals. Now, a third solution is emerging...
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