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Hindu by birth, ‘sickular’ by choice

Be scared even if you are a Hindu on the moderate side, which for troll purposes comes under the ‘sickular’ brand name these days. You deal with the nameless, faceless fringe elements by ignoring them, but how do you escape when the same voices come from the mainstream.

Saradha probe: Stop casting aspersion on CBI

Just as society expects fairness from the CBI, the agency, on its part, has the right to expect not to be commented on adversely whenever any party or politician is in trouble.

To England and Scotland: Keep calm and carry on

It calls for some appreciation that the referendum — on September 18 — on whether Scotland would remain part of the United Kingdom is taking place in a violence-free atmosphere.

From Parliament to lifestyle exhibition: Intolerance everywhere

The ugly side of India has been on view in recent weeks and months. Intolerance of the other has become a reflex for many urban Indians, whose real numbers we fear to speculate.

West Asia allies key to US fight against ISIS militants

Barack Obama has said Arab partners will need to help secure the region and pointed out that US action would depend on Iraq forming an inclusive government.

Bridging the confidence deficit

The Army is doing its bit in flood-hit J&K. Now it is worth considering the plan of postponing state polls.

Let’s talk business: Chinese prez's visit can unlock new opportunities

Xi Jinping’s visit promises to unlock Chinese investment in India, which is worth only $1 billion now. Economic ties are expected to be a big part of the visit, with a particular focus on Chinese investment in India’s infrastructure projects.

Don’t wait until dark

A push to increase coal production by cutting through red tape could lighten India’s power burden

J-K floods compounded by unpreparedness to tackle disaster

Looking at the flood devastation in the state, it is clear that this natural calamity of colossal proportions has been compounded by the state’s unpreparedness to tackle such a disaster.

Let’s have more energy on oil

Crude oil prices are perhaps the most important variable in India’s complex energy economics. Dismantling its high-cost energy economy has been a crusade India’s policy-makers have long waged and overdependence on imported crude oil hasn’t helped matters.

Assembly elections: Delhi's moment of reckoning

Fresh polls are expensive and time-consuming, but Delhi must have a government that is legitimate. Delhi cannot escape particular scrutiny, being the Capital city.

Drawing the line on friendship

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley has done the right thing by taking a firm view of SAD-ruled Punjab’s finances.

Not just Vijayawada, Naidu must develop other areas of AP too

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, like his Telangana counterpart K Chandrashekar Rao, has a golden opportunity to build a model state and not just a capital.

Time to get a move-on

 The Congress must stop losing sleep over the Lok Sabha debacle, assess its strengths and start rebuilding itself.

The Congress must step up, not downsize, its social media efforts

After the resounding defeat in the general elections, one would have expected the Congress to do everything it can to put its house back in order. But the Congress seems to be retreating into a shell.
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