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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

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Apology not enough, give some relief to riot victims

The political class must be held accountable for not giving the victims back some semblance of normal life. This has to be the foremost priority for which no amount of remorseful words can compensate.

The PM in a new political mould

With coalition politics making an entry, democracy in government functioning has become a factor that has been generated from within the Indian polity. This means the PM has to listen to people not just of his or her own party but also outside.

Why fighting corruption will be tough for Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi said that he would put all politicians with criminal backgrounds behind bars without any discrimination. While this will go down well with the electorate, Modi knows that this is not going to be an easy task.

After SC decision, third gender is no longer last

India is now in the league of modern societies as far as transgender rights go. The apex court’s observation goes well with the modern understanding that gender, which is rigidly defined in terms of male and female, is a social construct.

LS polls 2014: Political parties giving real issues a miss

The last we heard the parties talk about pertinent subjects was in their manifestos, but even in that race, there were no clear winners: All three are high on promises but terribly low on what needs to be done and the roadmap ahead.

HT Edit: Timing of books on Manmohan is suspect

Sanjaya Baru and PC Parakh's books have arrived when the Lok Sabha elections are just about halfway through, leading to allegations of a breach of neutrality.Both have provided enormous grist to the opposition mill.

No tinkering, please

The BJP would do well to remember the UPA government in 2004 did not remove YV Reddy from the post of RBI governor even though he had differences of opinion with finance minister P Chidambaram on taxing foreign inflows and he was allowed to complete his term.

Low voter turnout in Bastar a cause of concern

In Maoist-hit areas, holding free and fair elections is just one part of the challenge; the bigger challenge lies in getting ballot boxes, polling officials and security men safely out of the Maoist strongholds once the elections are over.

Mulayam's remarks show how deep patriarchy runs in India

Women form 49% of the electorate. Yet netas don't think twice before making outrageous rape remarks. Their comments show that gender discrimination runs deep in this patriarchal society.

INS Sindhurakshak fire: ‘Sabotage’ angle in report is disturbing

The report that sabotage or error could be a reason for the fire on the INS Sindhurakshak is highly disconcerting given the fact that there is a great deal of dissatisfaction in the armed forces over pay, conditions of work, etc.

Franchise rights of the NRIs

That more than 10 million Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) will not be taking part in the ongoing general elections is a shortcoming of an otherwise efficient electoral system.

EC must step up vigilance

Sectarian utterances by public figures are marring the poll process, in which they are supposed to be the biggest stakeholders for now as well as in many elections in the future.

Assam, Tripura lead by example

The 2014 general election kicked off on April 7 in the country’s North-East (NE) and the region gave the country a robust and rollicking start. Nearly 6 million people cast their votes in six constituencies in Assam and Tripura.

Mamata undermining democratic process by targeting EC

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is back to her old habit of exciting her constituency by getting into conflicts and arm-twisting imagined adversaries, and this time she has taken on a highly respected constitutional body.

BJP's economic agenda is focused

Where the BJP scores over the Congress is on two things: Its long-term economic agenda and the fact that it has gone to the micro-level of whatever it has promised.
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