HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014


Smart cities seem very far away when the winter brings death and fear

Two years after the horrific December 16 rape case, for many women going back home on cold foggy winter nights and using public transport are risks they would rather not take.

Intelligence agencies must learn to coordinate, improve capacities

Governments like India not only need to cover shortfalls in recruitment to intelligence agencies and other security forces, but they ought to place high priority in developing professionals who can sensitively analyse data.

Vajpayee: A politician who is a poet at heart

Atal Bihari Vajpayee's understanding of international affairs and foreign policy was unparalleled. He had an innate sense of getting to the root of the problem, writes Yashwant Sinha.

Malaviya saw BHU as civilisational and nationalist mission

In some respects, the awarding of the Bharat Ratna to Madan Mohan Malaviya is an anachronism. Posthumous awards are always anachronisms and a bit of a delayed acknowledgement – too late some would say.

Let's talk about poverty first before faith and conversions

Poverty should be debated much more vociferously, even within religions, than conversion, which is a symptom of deprivation, writes Faizan Mustafa.

Assam violence: The horror never seems to end

A strong political will and a coherent strategy could at least minimise ethnic killings in the northeastern state of Assam.

No right to undermine secular nature of India

The threat to many churches goes against our plurality. Indians reject any kind of cookie cutter culture.

AB Vajpayee, enlightened conservative in love with life

Underneath a seemingly reclusive personality lurks a very fine and astute political mind. Vajpayee conducted his politics on the strength of instinct, writes Swapan Dasgupta.

The revolution is now — and it’s black and greasy

The crude oil production-owning elite like Saudi Arabia has paralysed itself while shale operators are undermining the system, writes Pramit Pal Chaudhuri.

J-K poll result: Down to tie-ups in the Valley now

It was not quite Mission 44+ in the end, but nothing can take away from the BJP’s impressive showing in Jammu and Kashmir. By picking up so many seats, it has firmly signalled that it will be a major player in the state.

Jharkhand: The BJP juggernaut rolls on

The BJP-led alliance’s outright victory in Jharkhand is the most significant event that has happened in the state ever since its creation in 2000.

Disasters know no borders

India must help Bangladesh contain the horrific oil spill in the Sundarbans to save the delicate mangroves on both sides.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Creator of the moderate BJP

Omar Abdullah is right. The UPA should have risen above politics and conferred the Bharat Ratna on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee — as the Narendra Modi government is reportedly proposing to do.

A one-size-fits-all design can’t work for a planning body

Come 2015, the Planning Commission  will be replaced by a new panel. But before setting up a new body the Centre must be get rid of the flaws in the existing one and also be clear on what it wants from the new panel, writes Santosh Mehrotra.

A window of opportunity for the Indian economy

India’s wholesale inflation rate has slumped to 0% in November, a five-and-a-half year low. The fall in the inflation rate coincides with the beginning of a spike last year that took the rate to 7.52%.
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