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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

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Clean India campaign: Not all spit and polish

The cleanliness drive, which begins on Thursday, is laudable, but it must stay on course at all times. This is the first time that such a drive is being undertaken on this scale, and the seriousness of the exercise has been underscored by the fact that government servants have been asked to report for duty on a double holiday

Good time for India and US to go beyond the bonhomie

The three documents released during Modi's US visit — the vision statement, the editorial drafted by both leaders and the joint statement - show that the relationship has plenty of substance that puts bilateral ties in a position to reach the desired heights.
In view of the wide-ranging scope and depth of India-Israel relations today, encompassing as they do all spheres of human and bilateral endeavour, the mere fact that it is deemed necessary to remark on the meeting this week between the prime ministers of the two countries is in itself remarkable.
Do not send in troops to fight the Islamic State unless Iran and Syria are part of Barack Obama’s grand coalition in West Asia, writes Prem Shankar Jha.
The success of the BJP lies in addressing the anxieties of diasporic identities. It lies in the promise of being able to possess both ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’, where such traditions will be easily recognisable as having an ancient and unchanging past, writes Sanjay Srivastava.
Elderly people, particularly those who are physically fit and better-off, must be perceived as a productive social force and agents of change. There has to be a national plan to bring them closer to family environments and make them contribute to social reconstruction.
As long as the shadow of the nuclear deal dominates our perception of whether a summit is successful, we may continue to feel the relations are under-performing. And this mentality does not do justice to positive, transactional relations, writes Richard M Rossow.
India's youth is looking for iconic figures who will break with the past and who will symbolise change, not continuity. But is the young Indian economically liberal and socially conservative, asks Rajdeep Sardesai.
India has demonstrated its commitment to innovation by instituting massive changes to further intellectual property in full conformity with the world trade agreements, writes Srividhya Ragavan and Raj Dave.
If just four years ago relations with India were for the US president defining for the 21st century, it makes little objective sense why India should be off his radar screen now, writes Kanwal Sibal.
For the loyal soldiers of the Amma army in AIADMK, she is omnipotent and omnipresent. Her physical absence amounts to nothing as the party apparatus and the government machinery will function smoothly and do her bidding without a question. Tearful Panneerselvam takes oath as CM
This election is less about parties and alliances; more a chief ministerial one, in the mould of the general election that had been turned into a prime ministerial one.
It is my opinion that the breakup of the BJP-Sena and Congress-NCP alliances was the best thing that could happen to the people of Maharashtra, writes Sujata Anandan.
For those who thought Delhi’s Ramlilas were all about bad wigs, gaudy make-up and overthe-top acting, here is a bit of hearty film trivia. Actor Shah Rukh Khan, who was born and raised in Delhi, got his first acting break at his neighbourhood Ramlila.
The Indian PM goes with the confidence he will be seen as a symbol of India’s democratic will, India’s scientific audaciousness, India’s economic venturesomeness. But this is to be noted: On his first visit to the US, PM Nehru went to represent, not market India, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
Here’s a bit of gratuitous but well-meant advice. My specific intention is to assist Mr Modi worm his way into American hearts. And though they’re not usually difficult to enter, it’s always useful to know which keys to turn, writes Karan Thapar.
Indian business has largely chosen to jettison attempts to innovate in manufacturing or develop a culture for doing so in favour of adopting what is known locally as ‘jugaad’, a simple workaround that gets the job done, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
For at least two decades now, the BJP and its sister organisations have worked actively among Indians in North America. NRIs have helped fund the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the RSS, writes Ramachandra Guha.
In the way of legally substantial evidence, the police have nothing more than what Koli has admitted. His confession is disturbing, not only for its content, but also the fact that every crime is identical, the disposals of the victim’s remains, too, are identical.
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