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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››
Black money gushed out as scams hit India - Rakesh K Singh, Pioneer
The investigation by the Supreme Court-constituted Special Investigation Team on black money has found that the outflow of black money increased “tremendously” from 2006 to 2011 and one of the major reasons was overall bad governance in the country. Incidentally, during that period a number of mega scams, including 2G spectrum allocation, coal block allocation and Commonwealth Games, rocked the country. From 2006 to 2011, illicit financial flow has increased tremendously.
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India wins the Kashmir elections - MJ Akbar, Sunday Guardian
As political parties wait, with either bated breath or resigned despair, for poll results on 23 December, one thing is already clear: India has won the Kashmir elections. There was no violence, which is the terrorist's only hope against the power of democracy. The turnout, including in the core strongholds of extremists, was either extraordinary or exceptional. And the crowds that came to greet and cheer Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the valley were unprecedented for any leader from outside Kashmir at election time.
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Open up radicalisation debate - Tufail Ahmad, NewIndianExpress
On December 10, India’s junior minister for home affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Parliament: “There are no intelligence inputs to suggest that Al-Qaeda and ISIS terror groups are working together to target Indian cities.” Intelligence agencies are engaged in a difficult task of tracking terror networks. Let’s assume that Chaudhary was presenting a correct assessment of the jihadist threat before the nation. However, 2014 has been an extraordinary year during which the threat of radicalisation...
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Pakistan needs a new story - Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Indian Express
It is foolhardy to write on Pakistan. The country reveals the limits of most political analysis. Most political analysis explains violence in terms of something else: fundamentalism, tribal anti-imperial resistance, injustice, military use of mercenary groups etc. That “something else”, offered as an explanation, often turns into a rationalisation. With certain sorts of violence, we have to admit that our social explanations cannot do away with the obscurity of violence. Many societies deploy violence in different ways.
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GSLV MK III Launch: Our big leap upward - Prakash Chandra, Economic Times
To paraphrase a famous quote, it may have been one small step in launching rockets, but a giant leap for a country’s space ambitions. The debut experimental flight of India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) on Thursday must have dispelled whatever doubts that lingered in the minds of India’s space scientists about their flagship launcher’s capabilities. For, India’s most powerful rocket was yet to prove its reliability, having failed in four of its previous seven flights.
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The denial of cultural heritage - JS Rajput, Pioneer
Informed people the world over know about Bhagvad Gita, its context and also its basic philosophy. A Turkish Prime Minister comes to India and unhesitatingly proclaims that whenever confronted with apparently formidable problems, he finds both solace and solution, in the Gita! In India, whenever someone speaks respectfully and adoringly about Bhagvad Gita, an ideologically-constrained group immediately grabs the opportunity and in its familiar style, proclaims that ‘secularism is in danger’.
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ISI asserts total control on Pakistan’s policymaking - Tufail Ahmad, Indiafacts
In modern memory, December 16 was the darkest day for Pakistani children. A group of Taliban suicide bombers entered a military-run school in Peshawar and slaughtered 132 children and nine adults. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the massacre and were rightly blamed, yet the ideology of this carnage is authored by the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services intelligence (ISI). Among the analysts of Pakistan affairs, there is consensus that the ISI has created, nurtured and shepherded jihadist groups in order to use them against...
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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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