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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

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Apology not enough, give some relief to riot victims

The political class must be held accountable for not giving the victims back some semblance of normal life. This has to be the foremost priority for which no amount of remorseful words can compensate.

The PM in a new political mould

With coalition politics making an entry, democracy in government functioning has become a factor that has been generated from within the Indian polity. This means the PM has to listen to people not just of his or her own party but also outside.

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.
Once you sift the facts, those who are touted as growth champions are no better than others. Those who are vilified as economic luddites propound policies similar to second-generation reforms, writes Partha Mukhopadhyay.
Today’s relationships, you can touch each other but not each others’ phones, writes Sonal Kalra.
If the hot political winds blow in a direction opposed to our pluralist idea of India, we need to speak out against the politics of hate and injustice.
With an electorate size of 71.4 crore (larger than the electorate of the EU and US combined), the 2009 general elections in India were the largest democratic election in the world to date. However, only 58% voters turned out.
Whoever comes to power will inherit an economy that needs far more than tall promises or grandiose ideas. The BJP and Congress manifestos have been disappointing. What will have to be watched is the next Union budget, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
The Indo-US nuclear deal is the event that transformed the PM, fooling him into believing he was invincible. Without the changes that followed the deal, UPA 2 might have gone very differently, writes Vir Sanghvi.
It is freeing up creativity and is becoming a funnel through which anyone can virtually create any content and find a marketplace.
Sadly, the manifesto is deafeningly silent about Section 377. Was that really one step too far? After all, if you’re going to bite the bullet you shouldn’t worry about chipping your molars!
Almost 20% of the households in New Delhi district used public toilets. Almost 55% respondents in the perception survey rated public toilet facilities as below average or very poor.
The thought of straight-jacketing, including dietary, gives me panic attacks. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a gourmand or a glutton. I'm fairly indifferent to food and eat most things that come my way.

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