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Yogi for Sabka saath, Sabka vikas - Biswajeet Banerjee & VN Bhatta, Pioneer
BJP leader and five-time Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, a day after he was unanimously chosen by party MLAs as the legislative party leader at a meeting in Lucknow. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik at a gracious function held at the Kanshi Ram Smriti Upvan. Two Deputy Chief Ministers: Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma; 22 Cabinet Ministers... Read Full Article››
Lotus is still in full bloom - Bindu Dalmia, Pioneer
Is the Lotus in half-bloom? Not really. I begin with a trace of hope  but tinged with deeper despair as one reflects on recent political events. Sentiments have unmistakably turned hostile towards the ruling establishment in a week’s span when a ‘post-Mods’ India was unthinkable six months back. A series of setbacks for the BJP- led NDA alliance are consequences of the by-election defeats; the images of pathos that stir one’s conscience as the multitude of satyagrahi farmers marched to Mumbai in the peaceful Kisan morcha...
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Conserve every drop - Venkaiah Naidu, Hindu
The grave water situation in Cape Town in South Africa is a wake-up call to everybody across the globe — from policymakers to the common man — that it cannot be business as usual when it comes to water usage. A similar crisis is looming large in other cities in the world as people continue to be reckless in their use of water. The situation is so worrisome that 12 world leaders — 11 heads of state and a special adviser of a high-level panel on water — wrote an open letter...
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BJP the new Sarkar in Tripura - Times of India
It took a relentless two-and-a-half-year campaign to dislodge a party that had held sway for 25 years. With its focus on outgoing chief minister Manik Sarkar’s failure to implement the Seventh Pay Commission and growing unemployment, political violence and corruption, BJP seemed to lay siege to CPI. In the first direct fight between BJP and the Left, the saffron party wasn’t expected to pull ahead — until a few weeks ago. BJP, which did not have a representative even at the councillor level...
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Rahul Gandhi’s ‘temple run’ - Narayani Ganesh, Times of India
Going on a vote yatra is a very good thing. A political candidate who hopes to win an election has to not only go through the motions of connecting to would-be voters, he needs to demonstrate empathy with what is close to their hearts. And what better way than seeking darshan at a temple or offering prayers at a mosque or church? These are places suffused with deep invocation and prayer, whose paths are lined with the faith, dreams, hopes and aspirations of the people, and especially of the desperate.
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India regains centre at Davos meet - Balbir Punj, Pioneer
The arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Davos world business summit has coincidentally timed with the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) declaration that growth prospects for India in the fiscal year 2019 is 7.4 per cent against 6.7 per cent in this fiscal year (2017-18). Here by hangs a tale of resurrection of India’s image in the global fora, which was in shreds three years back because of corruption taint. But there is more to it than mere coincidence. The IMF has not been hesitant to be critical when necessitated by facts.
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India and Israel: A meeting of minds - Anil Gupta, Pioneer
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s return visit to India in response to Indian Premier Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July 2017 has cemented the relationship between the two countries to such an extent that it has sent shivers across the borders on both flanks. India and Israel, though geographically distant, are closest strategically. Both attained independence from the British almost at the same time and Israel’s creation at that time was viewed by many idealists in India as based on religion, like the partition of the sub-continent.
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The hesitations of history - Ram Madhav, Indian Express
“Swagat hai mere dost! Why did it take so long? We have been waiting for you for 70 years,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Narendra Modi when the latter visited Israel in July last year. Netanyahu was right. It took 70 years after Independence for an Indian prime minister to set foot on Israel, and 25 years after India became the last major country to establish full diplomatic ties with that country in 1992. On their part, Israelis have always shown enormous interest in this relationship.
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A nation-builder, an inspiration - M Venkaiah Naidu, Indian Express
“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached”, this shloka from the Upanishads popularised by Swami Vivekananda should be an inspiration to every Indian. It is particularly relevant for the youth of today to build a New India through motivation, education and dedication. The time has never been more opportune than now for India to realise its true potential by unleashing the energies of the youth, who constitute about 65 per cent of the country’s population.
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Jai Ram Thakur becomes 14th CM of Himachal Pradesh - Ashwani Sharma, Indian Express
With what appeared a sea of humanity at Shimla’s historic Ridge maidan, Jai Ram Thakur, 52, took oath of office as the 14th chief minister of Himachal Pradesh along with 11 ministers on Wednesday morning. Unlike his immediate predecessor Virbhadra Singh, or the chief minister before him, Prem Kumar Dhumal, Thakur did not wear the trademark Himachali cap at the ceremony. His team, a relatively younger set than the previous few...
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Vijay Rupani, 18 ministers take oath of office - Indian Express
GUJARAT CHIEF Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday took oath of office and secrecy along with Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and 18 ministers at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah, Union ministers and chief ministers of NDA-governed states. Besides the deputy chief minister, the government now has eight Cabinet-rank ministers — four of them Patidars — and 10 state-rank ministers. Rupani has dropped three ministers from his previous Cabinet and introduced five first-time ministers.
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