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CMs rightly fear misuse of anti-terror centre - BS Raghavan, Business Line
The seven Chief Ministers who have protested against the nature and scope of functions entrusted to the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) are absolutely right in sounding the alarm. First of all, an organisation of such far-reaching impact should not come into being without its objectives and powers having been comprehensively discussed in a conference of the Chief Ministers. They have vital stakes in protecting their respective States and the country as a whole against terrorist attacks. Read Full Article››
Terror — a creation of Pak politicians - G Parthasarathy, Business Line
In our public discourse on terrorism from territory under Pakistan’s control, there is a tendency to hold the military establishment solely responsible for the rise of terrorist outfits -- as though that country’s political establishment and parties have nothing to do with the radical Islamic militant groups there. It is no secret that the Deobandi oriented Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman has backed the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir...
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Will the world wake up after Peshawar? - Kanchan Gupta, ABP Live
Proximity to tragic events tends to magnify the cruelty inflicted on innocent people. So it is that we are horrified by the ghastly slaughter (there can be no other word for what the barbarians did) of 141 people, among them 132 children, at Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday, December 16. Most of the students felled by the bloodthirsty jihadis were aged 10 to 13. The heart-rending wail of a father captures the sorrow of the parents who lost their children, “My son went to school in his uniform, he has returned home in a coffin.
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By the states, for the states - Bhaskar Dutta, Indian Express
One of the first decisions of the new government has been the decision to scrap the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission, set up in 1950, has increasingly become an anachronistic behemoth, although it did play a crucial role in the initial years when public investment was an overwhelmingly large part of overall investment in the economy. Those were the days when centralised planning, and hence the Planning Commission, had an important role.
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New wars on the Cold War relic - TP Sreenivasan, Hindu
Revisiting the Indian Ocean zone of peace concept, which has led to long debates since 1971, may prove hazardous in the present context, because the rivalry that is taking shape in the region is between the U.S. and its allies, and China. The National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, has sought to revisit the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 2832 (XXVI) declaring the Indian Ocean as a zone of peace, and which has called upon the great powers not to allow an escalation and an expansion of military presence in the Indian Ocean.
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Revisit the endgameplan - Bruce Riedel, Indian Express
The longest war in American history is approaching its moment of truth. Next year, the American- and Nato-built Afghan army will face Pakistani-backed Taliban insurgents with only modest and decreasing foreign assistance. President Barack Obama has promised even that small troop presence will end by 2017. He needs to revisit this decision. From January 2015, Nato will have 13,000 troops in Afghanistan, of which 10,800 will be Americans. Germany will be the second-largest troop contributor with 850, and Italy third with 500.
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Terrorism cannot be fought with kid gloves - Joginder Singh, Pioneer
The US Department of Defence, in its latest six-month report in October on Afghanistan, says that Pakistan uses its militants as “proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India’s superior military…Afghan-and-India-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistan territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India’s superior military.”
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India needs Uniform Civil Code; topi politics a villain - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
The so-called ‘Idea of India' remains hostage to Left-liberal progressives and mullahs who find iniquitous personal laws more tantalising than equality before the law irrespective of faith and gender. Every time secular India has demanded that the system of personal laws based on religious injunctions should be done away with, that Article 44 of the Constitution of India which enjoins upon the Government to adopt a Uniform Civil Code should be taken for what it was meant...
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The beginning of Mamata's downfall? - Sandeep Bamzai, Mail Today
Here is a thing about morality. You can take the high ground in a world of moral relativity or you can choose to eschew it altogether. The moral compass provides directions and pointers to the extent of the corrosion in your own inner being. Add to this, the fact that contempt can become malignant and that too very quickly. The Saradha scam and its association with the ruling dispensation in Bengal – Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress – has smacked of moral corrosiveness.
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‘Swiss club’ delays Modi’s reform drive - Madhav Nalapat, SundayGuardian
Key officials and others are working overtime to block, or at a minimum, delay, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda. These individuals are part of the "Swiss Club" whose core consists of 11 politicians, 16 serving and retired senior officials, four lawyers and six business executives, each having substantial illicit accounts in offshore havens, and who have for decades acted as agents for foreign entities eager to dump overpriced products in India.
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A business barrier falls - Charu Sudan Kasturi, Telegraph India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today used a 20-minute ceremony with Russian President Vladimir Putin to quietly tear down a Soviet-era firewall that has quarantined India's diplomatic goals in public from any association with the overseas deals pursued by the country's private sector. Three Indian corporate bosses sat with some of the country's top diplomats and ministers, then shook hands with Russian industry leaders and inked deals to claps from Modi and Putin after four hours of talks between the two leaders and their aides.
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