Delhi referendum on statehood could set a bad precedent

The Delhi government’s constant demand that there should be a referendum on the question of full statehood for Delhi is not convincing.

Census data will help govt prioritise schemes for most deprived

India can ignore the big conclusions of the socio-economic caste census only at its own peril.

An Indian question: Why Ramzan is becoming Ramadan?

Growing up in a deeply religious family, I never once heard the word Ramadan used to refer to the holy Islamic month of fasting and penance.
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Stories woven into a Kashmiri shawl

Renuka Narayanan
Ram is your soul. Sita is your heart. Ravan is your mind that steals your heart from your soul. Lakshman is your conscience, always with you and active on your behalf. Hanuman is your intuition and courage that help retrieve your heart to re-animate your soul.

A Calmer You: Abki baar, careful yaar!

Neta
The netas are fine but choose your life partner carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of your life’s happiness ... or misery.
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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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