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HindustanTimes Wed,03 Sep 2014

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Beyond attacking, Imran Khan has no plan

The army must be careful not to extend its dislike of Nawaz Sharif to a full-blown undermining of Pakistan’s constitutional democracy. It should rein Imran Khan in.

Opening the Western Ghats up for a free-for-all jamboree will have consequences

While being enthusiastic about growth and opening up pristine and ecologically sensitive areas for the greater common good is all very good, the truth is that nature has its own ways of responding to excessive pressure as it happened in Uttarakhand in 2013 and Malin recently.
The 2013 National Crime Records Bureau says that there has been a 35% increase in rapes between 2012 and 2013 and that only 6% of these were rapes by strangers. However, public concern and discourse in India continues to primarily focus on ‘stranger rapes’.
India does not have to choose sides. It can work with Japan in areas of shared concern about China, while working with China in areas that yield mutual benefits, writes Kanwal Sibal.
Narendra Modi’s praise of Japan as the country that 'has done more for modernising India’s infrastructure' than any other is about as fervent as it gets in his foreign policy vision.
I don’t know what the PM is going to say on September 5. But I think if he really wishes to do something for our rickety education system, he should promise something substantial to the teachers on September 5, writes KumKum Dasgupta.
From Sonia Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi down to the Lok Sabha candidate, everyone has been responsible for Congress' dismal performance. As battlefield commanders, the Gandhis ought to share the responsibility, writes Kay Benedict.
India needs not merely a naval programme or even a maritime doctrine but a political plan for what it wants to do with its seas and how it seeks to project its oceanic influence, writes Ashok Malik.
The dowry harassment law has been grossly misused. The Centre must act to make Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code bailable, writes Ritwik Bisaria.
Polarisation has translated into communal tensions and violence in UP, while in Bihar there is greater civic engagement between communities, and this has constituted a bulwark against communalism.
There’s no denying that Japanese PM Shinzo Abe genuinely appears to like his Indian counterpart, and the feeling is visibly mutual. But that can only go so far in furthering ties between two robust democracies.
Shiv Sena’s snatch-and-grab attitudes, scant attention to education and academic accomplishments and reliance on muscle power and activities bordering on the unsavoury have indeed set back many of Thackeray’s supporters.
Richard Attenborough and India coalesce in the life story of Mohandas Gandhi. But the epic success of Gandhi (1982) has obscured from general awareness an earlier association of his with India, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
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.
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