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Press freedom and responsibility - Venkaiah Naidu, Pioneer
Dissent is always welcome but not advocacy of disintegration. A democracy can thrive only when all shades of opinion are expressed freely. Any attempt to stifle or shut out contrarian viewpoints will stunt intellectual development. It is a singular honour for me to deliver the 3rd Justice JS Verma Memorial Lecture on ‘Freedom & Responsibility of Media in the evolving media space’. I am, therefore, thankful to the organisers for having invited me to share my views with all of you.
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Modi's big, clean bet - Arun Jaitley, Economic Times
When John F Kennedy made an announcement in 1961 that the US would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, no one thought it was possible. It did happen, eight years later. When Narendra Modi announced in 2014 that India would become open defecation free by 2019, changing the behaviour of 60 crore people who then defecated in the open, no one thought it was possible. But today, just four years later, India is on the cusp of being rid of open defecation.
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Make India Vishwaguru again - M Venkaiah Naidu, Indian Express
Ever since I became the vice-president, I have been visiting various universities to attend their convocations. I keep reflecting on the glorious Indian heritage, the heights to which education had reached in the past and the ways in which we can re-infuse that spirit of excellence in our education system. We have a rich tradition of debate and dialogue in the pursuit of knowledge. The Upanishads are an eloquent testimony to the constant, constructive dialogue between the teacher and the taught.
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Atalji’s way - Ravi Shankar Prasad, Indian Express
Atal Bihari Vajpayee left a profound imprint on the polity, public speaking and, above all, the democratic awakening of India. A leader who was away from the public gaze, who had not spoken or was not heard in public for many years, who left the office of prime minister more than 14 years ago, yet he could generate so much emotion, empathy and profound goodwill in his death — that is the true legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. After the death of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay,...
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Atal to Modi: Amazing continuity - Sandhya Jain, Pioneer
When Atal Bihari Vajpayee was finally elected for a full tenure in 1999, his detractors began to acknowledge his virtues (liberal, poet, orator, consensus-builder) and denigrate his party and parent organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Yet the slogan, ‘right man in the wrong party’, was inaccurate as Vajpayee founded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with LK Advani in 1980, after the Janata Party regime fell on the pretext of the Jan Sangh members’ affiliation with the RSS.
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A TITAN'S journey ends - Pioneer
A swathe of gloom enveloped the nation as India lost one of its most loved political stalwarts on Thursday evening when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee breathed his last at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the national Capital. The end came at 5.06 pm, but sensing that life was fast ebbing away from his ailing body, the country had slipped into mourning mode hours before. The former PM was admitted to hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.
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Rising sun dies at sunset - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
After dodging death several times, DMK patriarch Muthuvel Karunanidhi passed away at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday evening. Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director of the hospital, announced the demise of Karunanidhi at 6.40 pm through a Press release. “With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi on August 7 at 6.10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond,” said the release.
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Frivolity and no confidence - Arun Jaitley, Pioneer
A Vote of No Confidence against the Government is a serious business. It is not an occasion for frivolity. The lead participants in the debate are normally senior political leaders. They are expected to raise the level of political discourse. If a participant happens to be a President of a national political party nourishing Prime Ministerial aspirations, every word he speaks should be precious. His facts should convey credibility. Facts are always sacrosanct. None should ever trivialise the debate.
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Thumbs up to Modinomics - Sanju Verma, Pioneer
In what can be called the biggest endorsement of Modinomics, last week, India became the world’s sixth largest economy as its GDP, which stood at $2.597 trillion, surpassed that of France that stood at $2.582. More good news poured in the form of India’s 57th ranking in the Global Innovation Index in a poll covering more than 125 countries across 81 parameters — a massive improvement from the 76th rank in 2013-14. Meanwhile, the BSE-30 Sensex hit a lifetime high last week...
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The sharp retreat of Indian democracy since Modi’s election - Shoaib Daniyal, Scroll
Narendra Modi was elected prime minister of India in May 2014. For more than a decade before that, he had the image of a Right-wing strongman and his election elicited concern from many quarters about the fate of Indian democracy – concerns that continued and, in many cases, got sharper as the Bharatiya Janata Party settled into the Union government and proceeded to capture state governments across a large swathe of India.
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