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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

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No limit to the brutality of ISIS

The gruesome beheading of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State is a reminder of the ghastly effects of radicalism and the havoc that the jihadi group is wreaking across Iraq and Syria.

By refusing to share dais with the PM, Cong is being churlish

The Congress appears to be losing the plot. This is evident from the childish reaction of some of its chief ministers who have refused to share the dais with PM Narendra Modi after Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda being jeered by some people when he was in Modi’s company.
Dina Nath Batra approached the court with his objections and won much to the chagrin of his ideological detractors; a coterie with a false sense of entitlement, not used to defeat or having its ideas trashed, writes Vivek Gumaste.
Being secular and democratic, India needs to treat history for what it is, fact-based, and allow religion in its multiple forms to be studied or practised as a means to define freedom of faith and expression.
The passage of the two Bills that aim to replace the collegium system with a NJAC has led to the formation of two camps: While one camp feels that the judiciary will cease to be independent, the other believes that the executive has corrected an anomaly.
All mining, industrial and related projects will be given the green signal, causing widespread distress to those who pay the price of such unmonitored growth, writes Darryl D’Monte.
Irom Sharmila's release underlines once again something that the state or the Centre has been unable to grasp: she is not keen on taking her life, she is making a political point which is to repeal the AFSPA, writes KumKum Dasgupta.
For the BJP, the only obstacle in the way of steamrolling its majoritarian policies is an officially recognised Opposition party that can expose the government’s intentions. This is the essence of its strategy to 'isolate' the Congress in the Lok Sabha.
Waging peace is way more difficult than waging war in these times of conflict. That explains the Narendra Modi regime’s safer, short-term option of calling off talks with Pakistan, writes Vinod Sharma.
Since the Indo-Pak talks have been suspended, and it is difficult to see how they can be resumed in the absence thus far of any back channel diplomacy, over a meeting between Basit and separatist leader Shabir Shah, there are consequences for Kashmir.
If earlier, India believed there were differences between civilians and the military intelligence combine in Pakistan and that its key aim ought to be strengthening the civilian government, Modi has shown he is not interested in internal political equations in Pakistan.
Modi is the PM of India with the executive authority to rein in anyone who chooses to impose a majoritarian worldview on the Indian people. Which is why his fine words must be followed by firm and concrete action, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
I write this more in anger than thoughtful calmness. Without mincing words and getting right to the heart of the matter, I must say that Ravi Shastri has been rewarded for totally aligning himself with BCCI's honchos.
Narendra Modi says that he will replace the Planning Commission with a think tank. But it will take some doing to attract high-quality people to work for it, writes Abhijit Banerjee.
I would not have thought the dour and foxy PV Narasimha Rao could have had a sense of humour. But I have been forever amused by a very funny anecdote he related in his book, The Insider, writes Sujata Anandan.
Debating history is necessary. But when myths are used as political weapons to further a certain agenda, their contentions become dangerous, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
To prevent combat terrorism and money laundering, financial authorities worldwide implement KYC norms. I am beginning to see a case for a similar check on social media sites, writes N Madhavan.
While the Congress faces an existential problem over leadership, the BJP has scripted a change with a new chief who’s inducting a young members into his core team, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
An outlaw, a green assassin, a tattooed wrestler, a raccoon and a tree set out to steal a decorated orb but end up forming an improbable fellowship of superheroes in the exquisite film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which is set in alien worlds.
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