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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

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Britain gets credit for smooth handling of Scotland debate

Both Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom got a chance in recent days to focus minds on life in a balkanised Britain thanks to opinion polls that warned that the ‘Yes’ campaign was inching ahead, after trailing for months.

Independent investigation needed in Jadavpur molestation case

A student is allegedly molested inside a university campus. The normal reaction of any functioning university management would be to conduct an enquiry. The normal reaction of any self-respecting police force would be to investigate the allegation. But neither an enquiry nor an investigation has taken place in the Jadavpur University case.
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.
A calibrated escalation of the border dispute may, in reality, reflect Beijing's more deep-seated concern about a younger, 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.
If Modi is serious about attracting more investment to the knowledge-intensive industries (such as the biopharmaceutical sector), his government will need to tackle three obstacles - intellectual property rights, regulatory system, healthcare.
It is a welcome change to see Chinese President Xi Jinping meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, as opposed to other heads of states who have avoided Gujarat. China is an economic, military and scientific powerhouse and to become one India needs to learn a lot from China.
In 2010 and 2011, the UPA released lakhs of undertrials as part of the National Mission for Delivery of Justice and Legal Reforms. But for all the hoopla, it failed to make more than a temporary dent in the country’s undertrial population.

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:
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.
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.
It had to happen. After Narendra Modi demonstrated the considerable power of the social media in the LS polls, politicians priming for a place in the Maharashtra polls have boarded the bandwagon, writes Smruti Koppikar.
I wish the Shiv Sena chief would show more spine in the wake of the bypoll results. Now is the time to shed his politeness and let the BJP know who needs who the more, writes Sujata Anandan.
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