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India in the age of bread and circus - Siddharth Singh, Mint
It is the age of powerlessness at the Centre. For all practical purposes, a lame duck Manmohan Singh is presiding over a system where chief ministers call the shots. Nearly a dozen chief ministers, led by Mamata Banerjee, may have just ensured the freezing of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). And if any proof of the Union government’s weakness was required, the Prime Minister provided it himself. Read Full Article››
Murders of right-wing leaders in Tamil Nadu linked to terror group Al Ummah - Johnson T A, Indian Express
Investigations by the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka police forces have revealed that a series of public hackings of prominent right-wing Hindu leaders, which have occurred in different parts of Tamil Nadu over the past two years, were terrorist operations involving meticulous planning. As many as six prominent right-wing leaders associated with BJP or its Sangh affiliates have been killed in Vellore, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Madurai and Chennai...
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Trai's take on media ownership - Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, Business Standard
Last week the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) put out a (good) paper with recommendations on "Issues relating to media ownership". It has tackled private treaties, paid news, privacy, corporate and political ownership - among a host of things it lists as the hurdles to having a truly plural, diverse, factually accurate and independent news media (it leaves entertainment out of the recommendations for most part). There is currently intense questioning of the recommendations and Trai's authority to come out with them.
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‘Indian business thrives on envy, frowns on success’ - Raghothama Rao, Business Line
I think government and corporations have a combined task in moving the country ahead. It means creating a nation that moves towards equality, that gives equal opportunity, that increases the prosperity for all levels of the people and stands out as a country in today’s world as a democratic nation. Therefore, government has the role of improving the infrastructure, creating an environment for its people that gives them security, safety and gives them the opportunity for growth based on merit.
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Tit-for-tat with Pakistan: Game theory suggests what Modi did was right - Rajeev Srinivasan, FirstPost
There was never any good reason for India to engage with Pakistan in the first place, because it is well-known that that country is only defined as “not-India”, and its army needs the raison d’etre of India-hatred to justify its existence. Many years ago, I pointed out in another article,  that they would rather commit mutually assured suicide than live in peace with India. Yet, on the off-chance that “jaw-jaw is better than war-war”, it was not a bad idea...
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Address nuclear liability - BB Singh, NewIndianExpress
It is being reported that the United States will not supply nuclear reactors and technologies to India unless the liability issue is resolved. This cannot be done in isolation since the legislation enabling India to enter global nuclear trade is only 10 years old and none of the Acts have been put to test for justice, equity and fairness. The Hyde Act came into operation on December 18, 2006, with great applause in the US Congress whereas the Indo-US 123 Agreement was passed in the Indian parliament...
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The post-euphoric world - Robert J Samuelson, Washington Post
What we are witnessing in the spreading turmoil around the world — in Iraq, in Ukraine, in Gaza — is the silent rejection of a central tenet of U.S. post-World War II foreign policy: that global prosperity would foster peace and stability. Countries would rather trade than fight. Promoting economic growth would suppress the divisive forces of nationalism, ideology, religion and culture. So we thought. It’s an idea with a long pedigree in American thinking, going back to at least Thomas Jefferson. 
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Sharif's home troubles made talks pointless - Kanwal Sibal, Economic Times
Prime Minister Modi extended his hand of friendship to Pakistan immediately after his electoral triumph by inviting Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony and agreeing to hold foreign secretary-level talks. This despite the experience of a sterile dialogue with Pakistan all these years and the mixed messages from Nawaz Sharif himself who, while expressing his desire to normalise relations with India, has been emphasising his intention to escalate the Kashmir issue politically.
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The enemies of Sanskrit learning - Saurav Basu, CentreRightIndia
The columnist Ananya Vajpeyi argues shrilly that Sanskrit learning is in the vice like grip of “Hindu supremacists, bigots, believers in brahmin exclusivity, misogynists, Islamophobes...” and it needs to be liberated from the shackles of these “wrong headed characters of the right”. It is undoubtedly true that respect for Sanskrit is ingrained among most practicing Hindus including those who cannot speak or understand the language. The medium of all principle Hindu religious texts including Sruti...
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Swadeshi backlash - Ravi Shankar, NewIndianExpress
In 1193, Nalanda University, one of the world’s greatest centres of learning, was attacked by Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khilji on his way to conquer Bengal. He inquired whether a copy of the Koran was kept in its library. It wasn’t, and he ordered the library to be burnt. Historians say “smoke from the burning manuscripts hung for days like a dark pall over the low hills”. India’s communal narrative had started long before the Congress party and its cronies, to stay relevant, started raising the minority bogey after their electoral rout in May.
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Modi marks the end of Socialism - Sandeep Bamzai, Mail Today
The drum roll is loud and real, for we are celebrating the end of socialism's last apparatuses, a true vestige of India's past: an antediluvian, ossified and obstructive model called the Planning Commission. Narendra Modi has torn down one of the symbols of the controlled economy. In any case, Yojana Bhawan has outlived its uselessness by at least a decade. For many, this institution was an anachronism, one that two perceived reformers - Manmohan Singh and Montek Singh Ahluwalia - allowed to fester...
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