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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

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Ajit Pawar’s threat may have harmed NCP’s chances

It is difficult to tell whether it was to harm or help Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule that Ajit Pawar made an appalling statement a day before the elections there. But he has gone too far this time.

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.
How will history see Manmohan Singh? History’s overall verdict on Manmohan singh’s tenure as prime minister is likely to be positive, writes Mark Tully.
Politicians wrongly believe that Muslims exercise their votes en masse on the instructions of an influential cleric.
Barely five months after upholding Section 377 of IPC, which criminalises gay sex, the SC confirmed transgender rights, calling any discrimination against the “third gender” a violation of the Constitution.
In villages near Varanasi inhabited by people belonging to the Musahar caste, there is no propaganda about Modi. They are only looking for some relief from their daily grind and rely on the BSP and the Congress.
The relocation of the Kathputli Colony will destroy a social network that has produced myriad art forms
Call it media hype or the anti-incumbency factor, the flavour of the season appears to be Narendra Modi, who is expected to bring about a sea change in the way the country is run.
We need a party that understands that development is less about making the Sensex soar and much more about developing a better life for all Indians, writes Rahul Bose.
The discussions on the IPCC assessment report provide another opportunity for industrialised nations to create a fear psychosis among emerging economies that they are most vulnerable and thus have to heavily cut down on CO2 emissions which will impact development.
What could become worrying for Sharif is that Modi might have little accommodation and patience for playing soft ball, with “zero tolerance towards terrorism” and Pakistan-backed terror groups, writes Razeshta Sethna.
Measles tops the list of diseases that can be stamped out from the world forever. But since measles is highly infectious, 95% of all children in all populations need to be given two doses of the vaccine.
Dear voter, the choice is before you. Make no mistake, this is an absolutely critical election. In centuries to come, historians will talk in hushed tones about the 2014 polls and how they changed the entire course of the universe.
The critical question that hasn’t been addressed in Baru's book is: Has the book uncovered the dark hidden secrets of the Manmohan Singh prime ministership or simply acknowledged a reality that was staring us in the face?
It is trivia rather than substance which rules the roost today. Epithets like ‘shehzada’ and ‘maut ka saudagar’ enter the popular consciousness far easier than reasoned arguments, writes Chanakya.

Can people who showed the door even to a person as esteemed as Vajpayee, vote into office a govt headed by one who has split the country into those who worship him and those who fear him? Perhaps they can, perhaps they will, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Despite systems in place in the US to increase voter turnout in polls, it cannot match the Indian voter when it comes to participation at election time.
Prithviraj Chavan, who is not exactly an admirer of Sharad Pawar, has been pleasantly surprised this election season by the devotion and hard work that the latter has been putting into the campaign.
Despite the allure of the none of the above button, I voted for a candidate. At least on voting day, the aam aadmi can feel equal to a khaas aadmi. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

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