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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

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Jan Dhan Scheme is truly for aam aadmi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi could not have been more correct when he likened the problem of lack of banking services to a significant number of Indians to that of 'untouchability'.

Japan could become a cornerstone of Modi's foreign policy

There is a clear affinity between Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, but the two sides are also growing closer due to increasing unease over China’s unapologetic desire to dominate the region, writes Sitaraman Shankar.
PM Narendra Modi has come to remind me of an old-fashioned headmaster. He reportedly treats his ministers as schoolchildren, telling them what to wear, who to meet, and what to say, writes Mark Tully.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his first expansive interview on foreign policy to Japanese journalists ahead of his visit to Japan on Saturday. HT explains what stands out from this interesting interaction.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, starting on Saturday, is significant for a bilateral relationship that has not fulfilled its potential despite the absence of any historical or ongoing negative dimensions, barring the Indian nuclear tests in 1974.
It appears that Modi’s resolve to build closer ties with Japan is to contain China’s power. Modi’s vision for Asia is stable power equilibrium in which India can thrive unhindered, writes Brahma Chellaney.
Between 1996 and 2001 Afghanistan was subjugated by Pakistan through the rule of the Taliban, whereby Pakistan established a strategic backyard to counter perceived aggression from India.

Crony capitalism is a cancer that has ensured that a few get rich at the cost of the many, writes Pradeep S Mehta.
 

Was there any patriotic fire in the cancellation of the foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan? Ostensibly yes, but intrinsically no.

The SC judgment against the ‘mechanical’ arrest of those accused in dowry cases undermines women’s rights, writes Jayanthi Natarajan.

The tourism sector in India is the most appropriate instrument for addressing the concerns of poverty, employment and regional imbalances says Suman Billa.
The recent heckling of Congress chief ministers sharing a stage with the prime minister is unfortunate. However, it is of a piece with a more widespread atmosphere of distrust and suspicion that pervades Indian politics, writes Ramachandra Guha.
Has the BJP taken leave of its senses? In fact, my second question is more pointed: why is Mr Modi silent? So what am I talking about? It's the brazenly communal statements made by senior BJP leaders in UP, writes Karan Thapar.
Astory in The New Yorker magazine by Michael Specter on the acts and claims of Vandana Shiva, the curse of genetically modified organisms, begins as a tribute, proceeds to imply that she is a quack, and finally arrives at what is in the core of some highly influential activists.
It's really tough being a love jihadi. If you're considering it as a career option, I would strongly advise you against it, writes Manas Chakravarty.
The weakest link in the Karthik Gowda case is the woman’s desire to remain married to an alleged rapist. Accusing a man who didn’t marry you as promised or who married you and then dumped you isn't rape, argues Barkha Dutt.
Love jihad propaganda inflames communal passions and leads to hardening stands in an already polarised environment, made more fragile by social media and viral rumours, writes Namita Bhandare.
Politics too, is experiencing a similar compression in time. So, Narendra Modi’s first 100 days are already being seen as a verdict on his government. A 100 days is just over 14 weeks, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

In the three months since Modi’s spectacular triumph, many corners of the country have begun to smoulder in slow fires of orchestrated hate against India’s Muslims and this is mostly unnoticed by the majority, writes Harsh Mander.

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