Saga of mistakes repeated - Anil Gupta, Pioneer
The first attack on Sunjuwan took place in 2003 during the rule of NDA after the troops returned to barracks on termination of year long stand-off in battle positions with Pakistan referred to as “Operation Prakaram.” At that time the author was inside the Sunjuwan Military Station fighting the terrorists who had managed to sneak in and take hostage more than a platoon of unarmed men in the residential barracks of jawans after neutralising the sentries at the unit’s Quarter Guard.
Fixing healthcare's bones - Varun Gandhi, Economic Times
For a basic wage worker afflicted by tuberculosis in a multi-drug-resistant form, an adequate treatment can cost around Rs 1.2-1.5 lakh — over five years of savings. An unskilled worker needs to work an hour in India (vs 10 minutes in Britain) to afford a basic paracetamol. Private healthcare expenditure accounts for about 4% of GDP, one of the highest in the world, and a staggering 82% of this is out-of-pocket (OOP), which pushes 63 million people annually below poverty line (BPL).
Draw the line on hate crimes - Pioneer
Only imposing stringent penalties or exercising retaliatory violence is not a solution to hate crimes. Instead, emphasise on programmes that promote altruism, solidarity, respect and harmony within society.
How Congress can win - Chetan Bhagat, Times of India
Two disclaimers right up front. One, the purpose of this column is not to endorse Congress or downplay BJP. Neither is it to suggest either of them as the better alternative. Two, the personalities mentioned in this column haven’t influenced it in any form. Some of us do actually write for the love of analysis and to understand the world better.
Liberating India’s best colleges - Arvind Panagariya & B Venkatesh Kumar, ToI
With approximately one year left before voting for the next Lok Sabha elections begins, you would expect the government to be seized by populism. Not the Modi government. On the heels of a pragmatic Budget, the human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar has now announced the most far-reaching reforms in higher education.
India holds the key to ASEAN’s success and prosperity - Sanjay Kumar Kar, DNA
India’s ‘Look East’ to ‘Act East’ policy started to generate significant interest in the member states of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Prime Minister Modi is a master of making diplomatic and tactical moves to strengthen bonding with ASEAN. On November 21, 2015, while addressing members of the ASEAN Business Community, PM Modi said “India and ASEAN are natural partners”; therefore must collaborate to help each other and strengthen Asia’s standing in the global market. Under the leadership of PM Modi India’s commitment towards South East Asia is well documented.
India must stop foreign giants from cannibalising its startups - Vivek Wadhwa, ET
The Rs 136 crore fine imposed on Google for discriminatory search operation was nothing more than a slap on the wrist for the company.  The Google issue, though, is bigger than money. It is about power and control. If India does not rein in foreign technology companies, it will suffer under corporate colonialism. 
Maldives crisis: Options for India - Sumit Kumar Jha, Pioneer
Political crisis in Maldives has deepened ever since President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency in the country for 15 days starting February 2 after the ruling of the Supreme Court to reinstate the 12 rebelled MPs and release political prisoners.
No end to roadblock in the Rajya Sabha - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
Given the problems faced by Governments in seeing through legislative work in the Upper House, one wonders whether N Gopalaswami Ayyangar failed to foresee what the Congress would do seven decades hence.
Why defend the blue-eyed boy? - Jai Kumar Verma, Pioneer
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the blue-eyed boy of the Pakistan Army, is the co-founder of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and Chief of the Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JuD). He is an international designated terrorist and the United States announced a reward of $10 million on Saeed. He is the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which more than 164 innocent civilians, including six Americans, were killed.
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