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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Sep 2014

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BJP must stick to governance and development issues; steer clear of anti-Muslim rhetoric

The BJP must take cue from the PM’s remarks and steer clear of anti-Muslim rhetoric

Who let the details out?

The debate over the Ranjit Sinha diary case shows that India needs to strengthen its witness protection setup.
A Right-wing nationalist BJP-led government in India and a Communist Party of China that relies heavily on nationalism as a crutch for continued legitimacy at home were not expected to have it easy at the first formal summit of their leaders. Jabin T Jacob writes.

Two incidents of molestation have been reported from university campuses in West Bengal in the last one month. In the first case, which happened in Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan, a student was molested by her classmates. The second one happened in Jadavpur University in Kolkata where a woman was sexually assaulted by 10 men. In both cases, the respective administrations took a lot of time to register the complaints.

Uddhav Thackeray’s hard-line stance has left the BJP baffled. First, the Sena chief offered them two seats less than what they contested in 2009, then on Sunday he sacrificed two more seats and asked the BJP to be satisfied with 119 seats.
The churning of icons will go on as long as the NDA is in power. But what kind of new signage emerges is difficult to foresee, but it is not going to be an ovation to the Nehru-Gandhi family, Abhijit Majumder writes.
An escalation of the border dispute may, in reality, reflect Beijing's more deep-seated concern about a restive generation of Tibetans growing up in India that their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, does not control.
Policymakers are grappling with the implications of Xi’s visit. While some are underwhelmed, others point to the achievements. But all agree that border troubles dampened the mood.
Narendra Modi’s endorsement of Indian Muslims might have come a trifle late. But its significance or expedience cannot be downplayed in the light of internal security imperatives dovetailed to his economic agenda.
As much as the Tibetans are dependent on India — given that the Tibetan exile government is based here, it is also a fact that Tibet remains the missing link in the India-China border dispute.
India’s fumbling responses to the increasing Chinese incursions do not bode well for its Himalayan security, writes Brahma Chellaney.

At the end of the last quarter, India had 71 million broadband subscribers, of which 55 million were using mobile devices. This in a nation of  919 million wireless mobile users. Clearly, data plans are only just taking off in India.

Amit Shah must decide which direction he wishes to take the party: Abandon coalition politics or pursue inclusive politics that looks beyond Hindutva. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.
Does anyone compare the United States to Mexico? Beijing sees only Washington as its peer. India barely makes it to the third tier of nations in China’s rankings, Chanakya writes.

Do you know what I find most heartening about the recent byelection results? It’s the loud, clear and firm message from India’s Hindu voters. My bet is it will resonate across our political firmament for a while to come. Karan Thapar writes.

The prime minister’s pro-active foreign policy is taking a tremendous toll on foreign ministry mandarins, said a chap smoking something interesting outside South Block, who claimed he was a big shot there. I couldn’t disbelieve him, as he was wearing a Nehru jacket. This is his story:
Every time the BJP comes to power, there is a battle for the heart and soul of the party. The best way to understand the by-election results is to view them from the perspective of this battle, writes Vir Sanghvi.

India positioned an ambassador in Iraq in 2011 after trying for seven years. Among his first ventures was a visit to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region. Three years later, India needs to make its presence felt there, while the Chinese have already established economic ties.

Natural calamities are times of great truth, of togetherness, of closing ranks, of forgetting hatred and bitterness. Unfortunately, the J-K floods initially appeared to be enhancing the bitterness between Kashmiris and other Indians, writes Samar Halarnkar.
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