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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››
Elections cannot be a luxury in democracy - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
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 - Subramanian Swamy, Hindu
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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Rebuilding a regional architecture - Jayant Prasad, Hindu
The much delayed South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu, on November 26-27, exactly six months to the date from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, affords him an opportunity to reconnect with India’s neighbours, this time inventively to revive moribund regional cooperation in South Asia. When SAARC was constituted three decades ago, India was hampered by limited resources for financing partnerships and investments in the region.
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Love Aaj Kal… Factoids from history for team Obama - Shankkar Aiyar, NewIndianExpress
The history of the relationship between India and the United States of America has all the makings of a torrid tale. Hollywood would say, “It’s complicated.” Bollywood would probably call the Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa affair as Love Aaj Kal. It is hard to explain why Indo-US friendship with so much going for it has travelled so little. The script and cast have both played a part as has the contrasting style of articulation—the transactional straight line expectation vis-à-vis the very Indian jalebi formulation.
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How we shoot ourselves in the foot - Arvind Panagariya, Business Standard
In a recent interaction with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that if he had had 282 MPs, he "would have passed a simple legislation that is required to undo" retrospective taxation. But the former minister's actions belie his words. Rather than demonstrate any inclination to repeal the law, as finance minister he had aggressively deployed it. The running joke during his tenure was that the National Advisory Council set the expenditures, the ratings agencies...
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Denial is not a cure for historical abuse, truth is - Amish Tripathi, Hindustan Times
One of the greatest gifts that children can receive from their parents is an emotionally stable childhood. Materialistic trappings cannot compensate for the bliss of growing up in a well-adjusted, happy family; one where the child is not exposed to domestic violence, warring parents, physical or emotional abuse. Sadly, both research and anecdotal evidence indicate that many children are deprived of this blessing and grow up in dysfunctional families. They develop coping skills to handle traumatic experiences: Sometimes denial...
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Two navigators, a clear course - Rory Medcalf, Indian Express
This is what happens when determined leaders have a meeting of minds. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott this week signed a framework agreement to strengthen defence and security cooperation between their countries. In a bilateral sense, this agreement is just another landmark among many from Modi’s welcome and historic visit to Australia. Its greater significance may lie in what it means for our shared Indo-Pacific region.
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Millennia before European thinkers, Gita and Arthashastra embodied Indian tradition of realpolitik - Henry Kissinger, Times of India
World order in Hindu cosmology was governed by immutable cycles of an almost inconceivably vast scale — millions of years long. Kingdoms would fall, and the universe would be destroyed, but it would be re-created, and new kingdoms would rise again. The true nature of human experience was known only to those who endured and transcended these temporal upheavals. The Hindu classic the Bhagavad Gita framed these spirited tests in terms of the relationship between morality and power.
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Modi will bring new life to the Saarc summit in Kathmandu - KP Nayar, Telegraph India
Precisely six months after Narendra Modi took office as prime minister and his promise of achche din or “good days” caught the imagination of the Indian people, the high expectations raised by Modi’s style and governance are spreading in the country’s neighbourhood. When Modi and seven other heads of State and government from South Asia meet in Kathmandu a week from today, India will stop being treated as the whipping boy within the South Asian...
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Grand old, tired party - Poornima Joshi, Business Line
The beautiful people and their eloquence in Vigyan Bhawan over the last two days was just a blip in the radar for an audience riveted to regular blockbusters from Varanasi, Myanmar and Sydney. The subtlety of Nehru-Gandhi chic is apparently no match for the razzle-dazzle of sartorial variation emanating from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stable. To put it bluntly, the first sign of political activity from a semi-comatose Congress — in the form of the Jawaharlal Nehru Commemorative International Conference...
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