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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Jul 2014

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Merit, not ideology, must matter for academic posts

To restore the credibility of institutions the government must not compromise on the quality of leadership.

Goals galore, the Cup is full this year

The World Cup this year has been a stunner for its goal performances. In the league stage, tall scores were proving to be the undoing of strong teams such as Spain and Portugal. Goals were scored by the likes of James Rodriguez, Luis Suárez and Robin van Persie.

Big ideas for small business

Funds for MSMEs have the potential to create many jobs. But this innovative idea should have been packaged better

A history of arrogance: getting it wrong in Kashmir again

The authorities in Kashmir rarely miss an opportunity to alienate the people of the Valley. In an appalling incident last week, the Jammu and Kashmir Police stopped a public lecture by historian Mridu Rai.

Lessons Modi can learn from Messi's WC campaign

Both Lionel Messi and PM Narendra Modi are leaders of their sides and have won the hearts of their people. They captain their sides and have earned the respect and honour of their teammates, writes Viju Cherian.

Weigh words in the balance

In seeking to stress a legal point, judges like those in the Madras High Court should not go overboard.

Good beginning, but hurdles ahead

With the economy’s growth showing little signs of recovering to levels India was used to before 2008, the government cannot afford to turn its attention to factors other than those that ought to raise the trend line.

Even constitutional amendment cannot guarantee security to women

That even a constitutional amendment cannot guarantee security to women and girls has been borne out by the incident in Bokaro, where a caste head ordered a few days ago that a 14-year-old girl be raped for an alleged offence that her brother had committed.

Well begun, but Arun Jaitley has many more miles to go

The finance minister aims to mend public finances, keep policies consistent and taxes non-adversarial. But, these are extraordinary times.

Economic survey points to the job at hand

Any plan to turn things around would necessarily have to factor in the millions of hopefuls who join the workforce every year.

BJP's Mr Dependable Amit Shah has a litmus test coming

Amit Shah’s elevation to the post of party president signals a change in the dynamics within the BJP.

Mr Gowda, you are on the right track

The NDA government’s maiden railway budget is a realistic assessment of how the railways need to morph in a competitive environment; some of that sobering analysis finds place in Sadananda Gowda’s budget speech for 2014-15.

Revival of dying Ganga is of utmost importance

A recent parliamentary committee report said in all Rs. 2.2 lakh crore had been spent over the past 32 years on purifying the river, which takes in more than 2,000 million litres of waste a day, discharged by factories, not to speak of human waste, which accounts for about 80% of the pollutants.

Politically correct: why Parliament needs a Leader of Opposition

Irrespective of the numbers, a Leader of Opposition is required for the smooth functioning of Parliament. On Monday, the Congress president made a strong pitch for the post of LoP.

Poor definitions, poorer people

Keep the poverty line realistic and constant. It should be adjusted only for inflation.

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