Opinion/Commentary
Official India hates fun - Chetan Bhagat, Times of India
For some reason, officially, Indians are supposed to hate fun. Little wonder our politicians or courts don’t spare a moment to reconsider a decision that will kill fun. As long as the intent is good we don’t mind crushing anything fun, even though the decision might not achieve anything worthwhile.
Making violence the solution to everything - Hiranmay Karlekar, Pioneer
The offer of a reward on Mamata Banerjee's beheading reflects a dismal wider scenario. Fatwas to kill or injure, criminalistion of politics and general intolerance to opposing views have become common.
India, Pak stick to guns on Jadhav - Pioneer
Tension between India and Pakistan spiked on Friday over death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan Army court. While India asked the neighbouring country to provide documents related to the trial and consular access, the neighbouring country warned that “inflammatory” statements over Jadhav’s death sentence would only result in escalation of tension in the bilateral ties.
The Yogi and his State - Biswajeet Banerjee, Pioneer
Mother of three, Noorjahan, 32, got the shock of her life when she received a letter from her husband early last month carrying the three dreaded letters: Talaq, talaq talaq. She was staying with her father as her husband has left her in October 2016, promising to take her once he settled in Hyderabad. Instead, the letter came and her dreams were shattered in in no time. She tried to contact her husband.
Loan waiver is not only solution - Shivaji Sarkar, Pioneer
The Uttar Pradesh Government has made a good beginning to elevate the misery of the farming community. Other States too may follow suit. But this may not be enough. A long-term solution to the farmers' financing and marketing is needed.
When the people vote you out, blame EVMs - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
The controversy raised by Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about the credibility of electronic voting machines (EVMs) following the massive victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently held Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has once again raised the question as to whether these machines are tamper-proof.
Getting close, and closer: Partners in progress - Vineeta Pandey, Pioneer
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is on a state visit from April 7-10 to India after a gap of seven years, though in between she has been touch been constantly in touch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at different forums and through high-level visits. The two had first met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2014, and then during the Saarc summit in Nepal. Later in 2015, Prime Minister Modi went to Dhaka where 22 pacts were signed, including those to curb human trafficking and terrorism.
On this day, 37 years ago, 'the world's largest party' - the BJP - was founded - Times of India
On today's date 37 years ago, the BJP - which has become "the world largest party" - was founded with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the helm as party president. Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah wished their colleagues on the occasion of the formation of the BJP on April 6, 1980. Since early today, top BJP leaders have been congregating at the party's headquarters in New Delhi to celebrate the BJP's formation.
A different kind of change - Ram Madhav, Indian Express
India is undergoing a major transformation. It is silent, and at the grassroots. In an earlier article I had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission was not limited to mere reform. Reform is important. But Modi is on a higher trajectory. His vision is of total transformation. Thirty months down the line, every perceptive person notices its signs.
For a liberal India - Sanjeev Sabhlok, Times of India
Till 1991, decades of central planning, licence raj and big government had crushed the confidence of Indian youth in their ability to compete globally. Liberalisation changed all that. India integrated into the global economy, started modernising, and its national income shot up. No longer was it necessary to wait for one’s relatives settled abroad to bring in tiny blocks of imported cheese. 
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