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Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, July 28, 2013
First Published: 17:04 IST(28/7/2013) | Last Updated: 17:08 IST(28/7/2013)

BJP campaign committee chief Narendra Modi should choose Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s native Nalanda as his constituency if he decides to contest polls from outside Gujarat, a top party leader said and politicians are on an offending spree, marking newer lows in a country that prides itself on being the most vibrant, electoral democracy. These were some of the most read stories on the website. Read more.

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Modi should contest LS poll from Nitish's native Nalanda: Bihar BJP
BJP campaign committee chief Narendra Modi should choose Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s native Nalanda as his constituency if he decides to contest polls from outside Gujarat, a top party leader has said.“I have made this suggestion to Narendra bhai and argued that this will send out a positive message to party workers in Bihar,” said BJP national vice president CP Thakur on Sunday.

Parvez Rassol: a boy from the Valley
Srinagar’s relative calm was shattered this week by the BSF firing on protestors in Ramban and sectarian strife in Badgam, to remind you that this is a place plagued with conflict, militancy, protests and death. The elusive peace seems a distant dream though India would  like to believe that the selection of  a talented Kashmiri Muslim to the Indian cricket team would assuage the sentiments of an alienated community. 24-year-old all-rounder Parvez Rasool’s phenomenal Ranji season, where he scored 594 runs and took 33 wickets, opened many doors for him including his selection in the Pune Warriors IPL team and a big ticket entry into the Indian squad.

Here's how to fight hunger
In the killing fields of Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district -- considered a happy hunting ground for Maoist rebels -- ‘red’ is not the dominant colour. Instead, it is a bright yellow that proudly announces the less-talked-about revolution quietly taking place in the state: a public distribution system (PDS) that works, a rare example of a government scheme that delivers. Rajnandgaon is one among Chhattisgarh’s several districts witnessing left-wing extremism, the official name for India’s bloody Maoist insurgency. For the record, only some days ago, the district’s highest-ranking police official had been killed.

Poison-tipped words are new poll weapon
Sweeper. Puppy. Rapists. Murderers. Pornographers.Words that would make Captain Haddock cringe, deemed unsubtle even for a book of insults. Welcome to the new gutter discourse in Indian politics. If political experts are right, it is going to be an increasingly turgid journey through the sewers of language right up to the 2014 general elections. Politicians have been on an offending spree, marking newer lows in a country that prides itself on being the most vibrant, electoral democracy.


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