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UPA govt reaping what Vajpayee govt sowed - Pioneer
Centre is now reaping the benefits of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), launched by the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee a decade ago. According to the latest data compiled by HRD Ministry, there has been a significant reduction in number of dropouts of schoolchildren in the country following the inception of SSA.
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RSS leader's murder: CPM in a quandary over CBI probe - VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
CBI to take Ghosh's statement in jail as MP fears for life - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Uddhav Thackeray's Sena turning into a father-son party - Akshay deshmane, ET
Jayalalithaa conviction in DA case an opportunity for Narendra Modi-led BJP? - Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Economic Times
China, India armies to discuss troop withdrawal - Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times
BJP, Shiv Sena soften punches to keep post-poll options alive - Pradeep R Kaushal & Liz Mathew, Indian Express
Missing Omar babus resurface - Naseer Ganai, Mail Today
BJP to fill vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
Importance of being Amma in Delhi, TN - Rajesh Ramachandran, Economic Times
BJP plans rally blitz across Maharashtra - Omar Rashid, Hindu
RSS on upswing with new recruits and more shakhas - Prashant Jha,, Hindustan Times
Shah plans massive campaign to overcome Sena challenge - Dharmendra Jore, Hindustan Times
Modi gifts NRIs their Swadesh - Hindustan Times
Maharashtra: BJP top gainer as rebels swell in number - Manoj More, Financial Express
AIADMK faces an existential crisis - Times of India
Saradha scam: CBI may seek clarifications from Mamta's office - Neeraj Chauhan, Times of India
Jaya's assets worth several hundred crores - Jayaraj Sivan & A Subramani, Times of India
The force is with fasting Modi in US - Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
CPI bans 'literature' in organ over Jesus story scandal - VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
Maha: BJP woos 'winnable' candidates from rival camps - TN Raghunatha, Pioneer
BJP gaining ground in W Bengal - Deepak K Upreti, Pioneer
Shahnawaz may be Bihar CM candidate - Navtan Kumar, Sunday Guardian
Muslim groups fight Mamata’s dependence on religious radicals - Susenjit Guha, Sunday Guardian
Sangh's force 50,000 to counter Sena - Kumar Vikram, Mail Today
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An Englishman's description of “Hindoo” society, as he saw it in the early 1790s, when colonial system had not begun to extract and ravish the land and its indigenous frameworks, makes a fascinating reading of our collective self and capacities. In his “Sketches of the Hindoos” (1790, 1792), Q Craufurd, for example, noted that where the “destructive hand of the conqueror” had not fallen, the Hindoos, under their “native sovereigns” were “governed on principles of the most just and benevolent policy. In those countries (local principalities) the lands were highly cultivated; the towns and their manufacture flourish; the villages were composed of neat and commodious habitations, and filled with cheerful inhabitants; and wherever the eye turned, it beheld marks of the mild protection of the Government, and of ease and industry of the people.” Craufurd saw this especially in the southern parts, a region which had remained relatively insulated from invading hordes.
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