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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

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Disorganised build-up to Asian Games could hurt India’s chances

India are hoping to match or better the 65 medals, including 14 gold, they won in the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010. But another disorganised build-up could hurt the chances.

Lessons for the Congress in the bypoll results

Victories and defeats are a part of every democracy and the Samajwadi Party seems to have learned it quicker than the Congress has done. Here the Congress has a few lessons to take from the Uttar Pradesh-based party and its president, Mulayam Singh Yadav.
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.
Natural calamities are times of great truth, of togetherness, of closing ranks, of forgetting hatred and bitterness. Unfortunately, the Jammu and Kashmir floods initially appeared to be enhancing the bitterness between Kashmiris and other Indians.
Ever since Mumbai was besieged by Pakistani agents of terror in 2008, India has been consoling itself with lies. India’s dogmatic adherence to 'uninterruptible dialogue' with Pakistan has yielded only uninterrupted insults, writes Kapil Komireddi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would do well to distance India from the US’ exhortations on non-Nato ally status, writes Rajendra Abhyankar.

‘Shinkansen’, or the ‘Bullet’ train, introduced 50 years ago in Japan, has evolved into many avatars — in Europe as TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) and China as CHR (Chinese Highspeed Rail) — and is now poised to enter India in a big way.

Both sides will, first, be straining to ensure that Xi Jinping's visit in no way pales in comparison to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Japan. Beijing has already announced that Xi’s visit will see investments worth $100 billion in India.

In three months’ time, the BJP having successfully experimented with ‘sabka-saath, sabka-vikas’ in Uttar Pradesh, ‘unofficially’ but inexplicably turned to ‘love jihad’ in the by-polls. As ‘Modi-Modi’ chants got replaced with ‘Yogi-yogi’ cries in these by-polls, the young who had just voted for their 'acche din' got confused.

The BJP's third straight drubbing in the by-elections, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, after Uttarakhand and Bihar cannot be over-interpreted as a pointer to the national mood where the Narendra Modi phenomenon sustains broadly.

Tuesday’s bypoll results perhaps show that the Congress can afford to be less dependent on its ‘high command’ in poll campaigns if it can build a strong regional leadership.
Natural calamities are times of great truth, of togetherness, of closing ranks, of forgetting hatred and bitterness. Unfortunately, the Jammu and Kashmir floods initially appeared to be enhancing the bitterness between Kashmiris and other Indians.
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.
As this columnist predicted on September 19, 2014, the fatal day when the results of the Scottish independence referendum were announced, this partition of the United Kingdom would lead to ultimate instability and disaster, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
From cleaning roads, drains, toilets and parks, picking construction waste from the streets to removing encroachments and fixing streetlights, road signs and street furniture, Delhi's civic agencies will launch the Clean India Week starting September 25.
 Public cloud is like public transport: you know you can use a bus at a low cost, but you can’t be sure where you will be seated writes N Madhavan.
Staying unplugged from the rest of the world is unimaginable, but the Jammu and Kashmir deluge made the nightmare a reality for many of us. Wonder why staying unplugged leaves us powerless? Because Twitter and Facebook are more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol!
A battle that is underway in the United States is between a self-serving retailer that wants to sell books very cheap and a self-serving publisher that wants the freedom to decide the price of its own books, writes Manu Joseph.
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