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HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

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Next government needs to push up growth and create jobs

Regardless of whichever party comes to power, one thing, however, appears certain that the next government faces that the daunting task of pushing growth, cooling  prices and spinning jobs, without losing much time.

Sarpanch's murder shows little security in Kashmir

Terror is never far from the surface in Kashmir. And this was proved again with the murder of a sarpanch on Thursday evening by suspected terrorists in Pulwama district, which will go to polls on April 24.
When a porn star, a terrorist’s partner, or a tainted celebrity is shown by the media as coveted by journalists, industrialists, and crème de la crème of society; the message to the youth is that this too is an option, writes Dheeraj Sharma.
In the election race you see the kith and kin of larger-than-life personages all the way from Mahatma Gandhi to AB Vajpayee, P Chidambaram, Mulayam Singh, Digvijaya Singh, Rajnath Singh and so on, writes Yash Paul Narula.
So we have two models to choose from. One, where the investor is wooed and social indices are given short shrift. The other where the investor is frightened off and social indices are commendable, writes Lalita Panicker.
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.
Pessimism comes naturally some Indian IT-watchers. In the mid-1990s, there were those who felt India was basically a repair shop for the Y2K bug that was feared to hit computers in the year 2000- but did not.
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, writes Karan Thapar. PMO ups the defence ante, says Singh is King

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.

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.
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.
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.

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