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Modi tenure: Well begun, but far from done

Modi’s tenure has been impressive so far but he must be mindful of deepening social divisions.

No excuse for justifying junkets on taxpayers’ money

CM Akhilesh Yadav is on Holland tour to study how to encourage cycling in UP. He is emulating the party seniors who thought it fit to go on a jolly and a jaunt even as the victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots were shivering in makeshift camps.

Beyond attacking, Imran Khan has no plan

The army must be careful not to extend its dislike of Nawaz Sharif to a full-blown undermining of Pakistan’s constitutional democracy. It should rein Imran Khan in.

Opening the Western Ghats up for a free-for-all jamboree will have consequences

While being enthusiastic about growth and opening up pristine and ecologically sensitive areas for the greater common good is all very good, the truth is that nature has its own ways of responding to excessive pressure as it happened in Uttarakhand in 2013 and Malin recently.

BJP should not shut the door on potential allies

Sensing power, partly because of its good performance in the Lok Sabha polls and also because the 10 years of Congress rule in Haryana have caused a fair measure of anti-incumbency, the BJP is wooing leaders from various parties, including the Indian National Lok Dal, its erstwhile ally.

Adityanath must not be allowed to hijack BJP’s growth agenda

The Prime Minister has spoken passionately against communal disharmony. And it was expected that his MPs would not go against the grain on this issue. But for Gorakhpur MP, Yogi Adityanath, communal rhetoric seems a daily staple.

Jan Dhan Scheme is truly for aam aadmi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi could not have been more correct when he likened the problem of lack of banking services to a significant number of Indians to that of 'untouchability'.

Japan could become a cornerstone of Modi's foreign policy

There is a clear affinity between Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, but the two sides are also growing closer due to increasing unease over China’s unapologetic desire to dominate the region, writes Sitaraman Shankar.

Ruined by riots, Muzaffarnagar holds warning to India

The festering wounds of the Muzaffarnagar riots could have fatal consequences for the country. To say that UP is on its way to becoming a communal tinderbox would not be wide of the mark.

India-Pakistan should take talks out of the line of fire

Both sides must now endeavour to end the cross-border firing as nothing radicalises public attitudes faster than soldiers exchanging fire.

Rohtak girls' suicide reflects on India

Dec 16, 2012, gang rape forced a few changes in an otherwise gender-unfriendly India: We got a new anti-rape law. But that India has still miles to go is evident once again from the heart-rending story of two Rohtak girls.

LK Advani, BJP's yatri rolls into oblivion

In a not very fitting finale to an illustrious career LK Advani will now have to be content to have been always the bridesmaid and never the bride as his party eased him out of it’s parliamentary board.

Nationalism doesn't guarantee good governance

India has a competent PM and an exemplary president. Their religion or caste or community does not matter as long as they do their jobs. At least the majority of the people don’t care, but then they are not trying to win elections through less than savoury means.

Checks and balances needed for realty sector

The CBI probe into the Tata-Unitech land deal shows that the realty sector is still by and large unregulated. There is no functioning land market in India and prices of land and projects are apt to be concealed or simply misrepresented.

Bad to worse in UP as parties play with fire

There seems to be no limit to how much one can despair about Uttar Pradesh these days. Communal tensions, rapes, breakdown of law and order are what we hear far more of than efforts to tackle its serious governance deficits.
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