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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››
India’s thought cops are angry with Modi - Tufail Ahmad, Indiafacts
In the last week of September at Dadri not far from the Indian capital, an angry mob lynched to death Mohammad Akhlaq over allegations that a cow was slaughtered and he ate beef. In the 1970s and 1980s in Bihar where there was no Bharatiya Janata Party, cow slaughter was still banned and there were times when there would be conflicts over beef and policemen would visit homes. Beef conflicts are not new to contemporary India. Cows are not slaughtered across the Islamic world...
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Battle for Bihar: Complicated caste poll primer - Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard
It was June 25, 1975, a scorching day. Towards the evening, when the sun's fury had abated, Ravindra Kishore Sinha, then a young reporter, now a member of the Rajya Sabha and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive, walked into the room of the state's home secretary, R N Das, a 1962 batch IAS officer, in search of news. Very casually, as if he were preoccupied, Das said: "Ask your political friends not to sleep at home tonight." Sinha asked why.
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How Indian thought helped shape the Digital World - Aravindan Neelakandan, Swarajya
India has had a profound influence on the techno-scientific thinkers of our time – from physicist Werner Heisenberg to tech entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg. When Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he visited a Hindu temple when he was confused about the future of his company, the immediate interest is to identify that particular temple. But, perhaps, it was not the temple per se that did the magic for him. According to him, “seeing how people connected, having the opportunity...
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‘INS Kochi is proof India good at integrating different systems on one platform’ - Vinaya Deshpande, Sunday Guardian
INS Kochi, which was commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar this week at Mumbai’s Naval Dockyard, signifies India’s exceptional indigenous capacity of system integration. This is one of the many firsts the huge stealth frigate can boast of. “Hardly any other country in the world has such a super-specialised skill,” Rear Admiral R.K. Shrawat (Retired), chairperson and managing director of Mazagon Dock Limited, told The Sunday Guardian.
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Misquoting RSS chief's quota quote: Media's Straw Man Fallacy - Anish Gupta & Aaleya Giri, Pioneer
We should first review if the reservation policy has really benefitted the vulnerable or not. If the answer is yes, then the review is necessary to bring those who are yet not benefited within the ambit of benefit. If the answer is no, then the review is necessary to make changes in the policy and explore other options to benefit the dalits. The recent debate surrounding the interview of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to RSS mouthpieces...
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Leftist media’s confusing people, targeting Hindu groups – we’re against terrorists, not Muslims: Gadkari - Akhilesh Kumar Singh, Times of India
There is a leftist media creating perceptions against reality. They have not been able to stomach Narendra Modi’s ascension as India’s prime minister. They have realised they can’t convince the public – so, they are trying to confuse them. We’re not discriminating on caste and creed – our agenda is ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’. We are against terrorists. We are not against Muslims.
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Battle for Bihar - Milan Vaishnav & Saksham Khosla, Carnegie
Milan Vaishnav, Saksham KhoslOver the course of four weeks in October and November 2015, voters in the Indian state of Bihar will elect their next state government. In India, which has a staggered calendar of state and national elections, another poll is always right around the corner. Yet the upcoming vote in Bihar is widely seen as a referendum on the sixteen-month-old national government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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At $30 bn, India world number one in FDI, a big boost for Narendra Modi - Santosh Tiwari, Financial Express
PM Narendra Modi must capitalise on the good news on the FDI and the competitiveness fronts to strengthen the India story by finding ways to facilitate reforms in areas like taxation and labour quickly. After a successful visit to the US which witnessed heightened expectations from India in the Silicon Valley in terms of growth in the digital technology and the startups domain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been showered now with good news...
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An early Diwali - Gautam Mukherjee, Swarajya
How Raghuram Rajan has been trying to modernise the RBI, PSU and other private high street banks. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said his surprise 50 bps repo rate cut effective September 29th was made possible, because of improvements on the ground, consistently lower commodity prices, and an inflation rate target of 6% for this fiscal, more or less met. He protested, amid dimpled smiles, that he wasn’t playing Father Christmas or announcing a Diwali bonus.
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PM Narendra Modi's visit to Silicon Valley: Beyond the hype were clear goals - Mayank Chhaya, Economic Times
All prime ministerial visits are calibrated for a specific goal, be it economic, diplomatic, political or cultural. That is true of all Indian prime ministers but it is especially true of Narendra Modi. Once you get past his gushing, uncritical fan base, those goals become sharper. A striking example of that is his visit to Silicon Valley in general and Tesla Energy headquarters and Facebook town hall meeting in particular.
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