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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

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BBCI should begin a fresh innings

The Supreme Court’s directive to N Srinivasan asking him to stay away from the affairs of the cricket board until a thorough probe is carried to its logical conclusion shows its concern over the rot within the system.

our take
Potential BJP allies will have to contend with Narendra Modi

Rajnath's claim that BJP will win 272 seats on its own cannot be happy news for the sizeable number of allies the party has gathered. More so, because this time they, by all reckoning, will have to contend with a person, Narendra Modi.

Why fighting corruption will be tough for Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi said that he would put all politicians with criminal backgrounds behind bars without any discrimination. While this will go down well with the electorate, Modi knows that this is not going to be an easy task.
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Our take
Modi sends out the right message by focusing on northeast problems

Nido Taniam. India GK time
The BJP’s backroom boys are clearly on top of their game. The Northeast may not have a huge number of seats in the Lok Sabha, but in such an uncertain election, every seat counts.

mahabharat
Tree of Hinduism under threat from concerted effort to prune it

Hinduism
Consider Penguin India’s decision to destroy copies of The Hindus: An Alternative History, if somewhat contentious, portrait of the Indian majority, by Wendy Doniger, a professor with doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian studies. Samar Halarnkar writes.
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The buzz: Keeping tabs on the political grapevine

BS Yeddyurappa
A deal seems to have been struck between the BJP and the former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa to facilitate his re-entry into the saffron party.

The buzz

BRICS
It was the shortest Cabinet meeting in many years. The meeting that decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance which sought to protect convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification lasted just five minutes.

Inner Voice
Morality is essential

Morality. The word sounds good, but it can't be imposed upon anyone, or even be cultivated as it's an intrinsic quality. Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj reports.
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Vox pop

Indo-pak
While it is a known fact that the Pakistan army and ISI have been anti-India, there was an inkling of hope that the civilian government might be for good ties with India. That hope has now been put to rest.

Vox pop

Modi and Advani
With senior BJP leader LK Advani giving his support to the party’s PM candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, it will be hard for the rival parties to exploit the internal rifts within the BJP.
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Straight Talk
Politics has become a freestyle boxing match: Somnath

Somnath Chatterjee
Veteran parliamentarian and former Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee while speaking to HT, tells that he is lucky to be out of active politics since he would not have been able to survive in the current atmosphere.

Interview | Rakesh Tandon
‘Price of food served on Rajdhanis should be market-driven’

IRCTC
Recipient of this year’s Forbes India Award as the “best CEO” of a public sector company, Chairman CMD of the Indian railways catering and tourism corporation Rakesh Tandon spoke to HT about his leadership ‘mantra’ in an exclusive interview.
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