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Netas must explain what they plan to bring to their constituency

True, the Constitution allows any Indian to contest from any part of the country. However, it is imperative that before a candidate asks for a change of constituency, she or he should explain why.

Obama has to tread very lightly on ties with Iran

United States President Barack Obama really has his task cut out for him. On a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, he will have to delicately balance human rights issues and realpolitik in Riyadh.

Winnability, not corruption, matters to BJP and Congress

The Congress appears to have been guided by the principle of ‘winnability’ in the election than by the idea of probity in public life. But the BJP is not without its own share of leaders and candidates whose laundry list of legal and ethical transgressions runs long.

Why Congress' 2014 elections manifesto may make you yawn

The Congress manifesto said all the ‘right’ things — inclusion, upliftment of the weaker sections, scrapping several forms of tax, an 8% growth rate and so on. But it has more or less gone with what it said in 2009, expanding on points here and there.

SC directive on Srini gives BCCI a chance to begin a clean innings

The Supreme Court directing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, N Srinivasan, to step down to allow a free and fair investigation into the spot-fixing scandal is a damning indictment of the man who is seen to have arrogated all powers.

Outsiders on the inside

The political leadership should do everything possible to arrest the drifting away of the Muslim youth.

Rumblings within: it's old guard vs rising star in BJP

The BJP is enjoying the kind of popularity it has rarely witnessed. It is a pity that some of the party’s own members seem determined to rain on its parade.

Speed of conviction in Shakti Mills rape cases brings hope

The Shakti Mills convictions have set the right precedent. The judiciary must fast track all rape trials and not just the high-profile ones so that the victims do not have to relive their trauma every day.

NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu can change the game

The NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu — including Vijayakanth’s DMDK, Vaiko’s MDMK and Ramadoss’ PMK — has the potential to challenge this two-party dominance.

To be PM contender, Mayawati needs to go beyond UP

While all other small, regional parties have shown keenness, at some point of time or the other, to be part of a bloc, Ms Mayawati has kept aloof.

Political inheritance is no longer a birthright

‘Blood is thicker than water’ — this was the presiding dictum in Indian politics for as long as I can remember. If you got a foothold into politics, it was up to you to bring in family members, people you could trust with your life and career.

Reducing inequality: an essential step for development of the country

Today’s luxuries are fast becoming tomorrow’s necessities. India can ignore this only at its own peril. In the development priority scale, reducing inequality should be accorded as much priority as clocking higher national income or GDP growth.

LK Advani must accept that a new leadership has come into BJP

This is really a sunshine time for the BJP. Led by a strong leader, it looks like it is within striking distance of the throne in Delhi, if all goes well. Advani has to understand that the country’s voters want to listen to Modi.

If the US wants to, it can bring the ISI into line

The task for the US is now to lick the ISI into shape in going after the Taliban in Pakistan before it leaves Afghanistan. This would aid the fight against terror, particularly for India.

Well begun but very little done

The UPA’s flagship schemes have yielded poor results. This slothful behaviour of the UPA and its lack of vision in taking these schemes to the next level could cost the Congress dearly in these elections.
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