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Dithering socialists

It isn’t surprising to see the remnants of a socialist movement trying to regroup. The coming together of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar under one umbrella, their efforts to merge their respective parties into one, are not new. This has been done before. They merged and disintegrated like dreams with such silken ease that by now, they have it down to an art form. Recently, Lalu Prasad and Kumar, who fought each other for decades, suddenly came together like old brothers lost in a mela.
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Game is to hide: Srinivasan symbolic of deeper rot

Prime time news television thrives on the idea of a daily enemy, someone who can be court-martialled every night and then pronounced guilty by the news anchor playing the double role of judge and prosecutor. Politicians are the staple accused, but in the last 18 months our netas have had competition from a cricket official. In news television’s imagination, N Srinivasan has come to exemplify the rot in the country’s number one sport and there have been loud calls for his removal from the cricket board.
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Cry, my beloved Bengal

For 34 years West Bengal was governed by the Left Front whose chief minister, Jyoti Basu, was undoubtedly one of the most distinguished statesmen this country has ever produced. However, after such a long period in power the Left Front had developed an ennui and the fatigue factor was showing. In any case, in a democracy people do want a change from time to time and 34 years is a very long time to be in power. The Left Front had a strong presence in rural and urban Bengal...
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The Moditva model of inclusiveness

Those waiting for Narendra Modi to show his true khaki/saffron colours must be hugely disappointed. Instead of articulating muscular Hindutva, he sounds like a Congressman making noises about ‘inclusive’ vikas , democracy, pluralism, non-violence and Swaccha Bharat. He showers praise on Indian Muslims for their commitment to the idea of India. The Sangh Parivar icons — Savarkar, Hedgewar and Golwalkar — are replaced by Gandhi, Patel and Nehru.
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Ajit Doval becomes China negotiator with stars in alignment

Since 2003, in 17 rounds of talks, India and China have relied on quiet diplomacy between a top official from either side to resolve their thorny territorial dispute. Termed 'Special Representatives' or SRs, these negotiators - who must enjoy the confidence of their national leaders - are mandated to bypass the endless technical wrangling of diplomats, bureaucrats and soldiers. On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that National Security Advisor...
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Elections cannot be a luxury in democracy

Although there have been howls of protest over Gujarat’s path-breaking law to make voting compulsory in elections to local bodies, this is certainly a move that is worthy of serious examination. Those familiar with the behaviour of electors in the country over the last sixty years and the bizarre nature of electoral outcomes consequent to the emergence of dozens of regional and caste-based parties across the country over the last quarter of a century will vouch for the fact that all is not well with the present system of elections.
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A case for SAARC reforms

The organisation of eight South Asian nations, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with observer nations, Myanmar, China, Iran, the European Union (EU) and the United States, to name a few, is known as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It was established at the first summit in Dhaka on December 7-8, 1985. The last summit, the 17th, was held in Addu, in the Maldives, in November 2011.
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Lead Story
Modi, US and Indian interests - Bharat Karnad, NewIndianExpress
Stronger rule in Delhi has not changed Pakistan's attitude - Kanwal Sibal, Telegraph India
Bad enactment, no enforcement - R Sudarshan, Hindu
Dithering socialists - Ashutosh, Indian Express
CBI in the sunlight - AN Tiwari, Indian Express
Game is to hide: Srinivasan symbolic of deeper rot - Rajeep Sardesai, HT
Leftists, Dravidian parties are opposed to teaching of Sanskrit - S Kalyanaraman & Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
All but Pakistan add voice to India’s concerns - Pioneer
Tripura’s triumph belongs to everyone - Economic Times
Independent audit of BCCI’s alleged wrong-doings a must - Desh Gaurav Sekhri, ET
Cry, my beloved Bengal - MN Buch, NewIndianExpress
Ignore Pakistan, improve ties with rest of SAARC - NewIndianExpress
The Moditva model of inclusiveness - Amitabha Pande, Business Line
Ajit Doval becomes China negotiator with stars in alignment - Ajai Shukla, Business Standard
Neutral net needed - Business Standard
Get rid of drugs in Punjab - Jaiveer Shergill, Mail Today
Envisioning a new Afghanistan - Ashok K Mehta, Hindu
Taking responsibility for Saarc - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
Democracy wins in J&K - Pioneer
Go on, do a Volcker, please - Surjit S Bhalla, Indian Express
Digital fossil - Shombit Sengupta, Indian Express
BJP-Sena friendship blows hot again - Makarand Gadgil, Mint
A Rs. 1000-cr. empire collapses in 10 days - Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar, Hindu
BJP promises seats for Kashmiri Pandits, voting rights for refugees from Pakistan - Bashaarat Masood, Indian Express
Modi tour will keep NDA focus on North-East - Pioneer
Mamata is rattled by BJP’s rising popularity in Bengal - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
BJP blinks, to begin talks with Sena - TN Raghunatha, Pioneer
Terror outrage on eve of PM visit - Mohit Kandhari, Pioneer
BJP’s next target is Bengal, Venkaiah Naidu tells TMC - Times of India
Marriage may forge new Mulayam-Lalu alliance - Subodh Ghildiyal, Times of India
Congress turned a hero into tragedy king, rural development minister Birender Singh says - Dipak K Dash, Times of India
Some states want Maoism to continue: CRPF chief - Deeptiman Tiwary, ToI
CBI chief: selection panel to include leader of largest opposition party - Business Line
Team BJP set for a new look - Kumar Vikram, Mail Today
2G accused grab Sinha taint alibi to escape - Harish V Nair, Mail Today
Min says 'aye' to probe; pro-Didi artist 'missing' - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Ahead of Modi visit, cops unearth Ulfa's terror plot - Anup Sharma, Pioneer
J&K: Hawks underplay boycott to limit BJP - Harinder Baweja, Hindustan Times
'Don’t shy off debates with Opposition' - Hindustan Times
BJP clears decks for Shazia Ilmi’s entry - Risha Chitlangia, Times of India
BJP accuses Trinamool of using Saradha money to fund terror - Times of India
Narendra Modi visits Vajpayee, Advani - Nistula Hebbar, Indian Express
The Neighbourhood/World
The brightest Kathak star , Sitara Devi  - Pioneer

A Mumbai man, above everything else , Murli Deora  - Business Line

Capitalism is like a wild river , Jagdish N Sheth  - Business Line

Discourse has changed in Kashmir , Sajjad Gani Lone, Separatist leader  - Sunday Guardian

The Man-God , Sant Rampal  - Indian Express

If we didn’t have differences, we wouldn’t need SAARC , Tshering Tobgay, Bhutan Prime Minister  - Hindu

One lesson I have learnt is that I will never resign , Arvind Kejriwal  - Indian Express

We are not Muslim-only party , Asaduddin Owaisi, MIM chief  - Hindustan Times

Can anyone tell me meaning of saffronisation? , Dinanath Batra, Chief, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas  - Hindustan Times

India most attractive market; Modi key , Christopher Wood, CLSA Ltd  - Mint

We would prefer Indian goods over Chinese , Joon-gyu Lee, South Korea’s Ambassador to India  - Business Line

Style, both subtle and direct , Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister  - Pioneer

People want results and BJP has shown it can deliver , Satish Upadhyay, BJP state chief  - Times of India



The high 71 per cent voter turnout in the first phase of Assembly election in 15 constituencies that went to poll on Tuesday in Jammu & Kashmir is a resounding victory for democracy and for the mainstream political parties and leaders who motivated the people to cast their franchise. Equally resounding, it is a slap on the face of separatists and their sympathisers who had called upon the voters to boycott the election. Separatists are now going around saying that they had actually suggested a “100 per cent boycott”, failing which the people were free to vote!
Editorial, Daily Pioneer

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Rumble in the troopers' Jungle

The origin of the word “rum” is unclear. It could be from the Latin word for sugar, “saccharum”. The word “rum” surfaced in mid 17th century. The most probable origin is the truncated version of rumbullion or rumbustion. Samuel Morewood, a British etymologist, suggested that it might be from a British slang—for instance, having a “rum time” suggests the “best time”. He wrote: As spirits, extracted...
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Birth of a footballing nation?

Despite a vibrant sporting culture, the relevance of sports to the understanding of society has only recently been explored by people around us. Football in India, especially in Bengal, in my opinion, provided the masses a unique answer to the imperial charge of abhors held against them in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The texts written on football in India too, are elaborate...
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Laughter factory

Applauding is a good way to stay warm inside the freezing Studio 7 at Film City in Mumbai's Goregaon. A television programme, a queer mix of a sitcom and a chat show, is being shot. Someone from the audience asks for the air conditioning to be turned down but is offered a polite lecture on how that could cause the halogen lamps to blow up. Conversely, a man on stage protests the heat while his face...
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City with the ravished soul

No one knows more about Karachi than this extraordinary Frenchman named Laurent Gayer, with his undying French sensibility producing gems like “normalisation of the unofficial” to describe the death of a metropolis in his book Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City (OUP 2014). He consoles us by saying Karachi is not as knocked-up as Caracas and Guatemala City in other parts of the world...
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