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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

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Good beginning, but hurdles ahead

With the economy’s growth showing little signs of recovering to levels India was used to before 2008, the government cannot afford to turn its attention to factors other than those that ought to raise the trend line.

Even constitutional amendment cannot guarantee security to women

That even a constitutional amendment cannot guarantee security to women and girls has been borne out by the incident in Bokaro, where a caste head ordered a few days ago that a 14-year-old girl be raped for an alleged offence that her brother had committed.
When histories are kept secret, not only are valuable lessons lost, they also create an environment when the wrong lessons are imbibed. The Indian military has always kept away from fully using special operations because of several historical reasons that remain buried.
This budget represents Arun Jaitley's pragmatic attempt to administer a life-saving medicine for the economy while ensuring that the pill is sufficiently sugar-coated, writes Rajiv Kumar.
The NDA cannot deliver on its budget promises until it removes performance bottlenecks and elevates us to a new level of execution, writes MS ‘Vindi’ Banga.

The finance minister appears to have made a good beginning, but the road ahead could be long. The real challenge for him and the NDA government will be to come up with a grander vision that does what the previous UPA, writes Rajesh Mahapatra.

The NDA’s budget is commendable, but the worth of any of these initiatives is only as good as the quality of its implementation. Much depends on how much the new political-bureaucratic set-up can deliver. Pulin B Nayak writes

For the business council to achieve its targets a strong partnership between industry and government is crucial.

Never in recent memory has the interplay of the past and the present been thrown up in so prominent a manner as in this World Cup. With Brazil’s astounding defeat at the hands of the Germans, things that happened in 1934, when Brazil lost in a somewhat similar manner, are beginning to be talked about like they took place yesterday.

Can women, whether rich and powerful like Nooyi or middle-class and anonymous like the rest of us, do it all? If we said it right, we might even arrive at the right answer, writes Zara Murao.
Our education system undoubtedly embodies the social and economic complexity that characterises broader society. However, it has also been bedevilled by policy-making that has little interest in enhancing either teaching or research capacities, and hence producing well-skilled and employable graduates.
The NDA has got a strong mandate and this was clearly an opportunity for it to do a bit of grand-standing: announce one really big thing or two and, in return, reap the benefits of making it a memorable budget, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
Total sanitation is not just a toilet in every home, but also soap and toilet paper. In a masterstroke, the move dovetails into the increase in the free baggage allowance, allowing travellers to get even more soaps into the country, writes Manas Chakravarty.
Without the Leader of the Opposition post, our democracy would be incomplete and diminished. This is, therefore, an issue that also touches upon the bigger and more important morality of our politics, writes Karan Thapar.
A sugar rush could be all you need to beat jet lag. Now here’s scientific evidence that donuts and other insulin-spiking foods have some use other than making you overweight and at risk of diabetes.
An estimated 21 million people, expatriate Indians or people of Indian origins, remit more than $70 billion to India every year, and that’s nearly a quarter of the nation’s foreign exchange reserves.
Removal of all subsidies won't ignite inflation. Only diesel hike will do so. And all this can be compensated by lowering income taxes as detailed above without creating any strain on the government's budget.
The greed of multinationals must not be an excuse to restrain the quantum leap in scientific understanding and technology. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
The Congress is at its nadir and the BJP is at its peak. The former can fall no lower and one is not sure how much more is left for the latter to scale. The best time then is now for these two major parties to shrug off their allies and strike out on their own.
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