HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014


Religion is not a commodity to be controlled or sold

Being secular and democratic, India needs to treat history for what it is, fact-based, and allow religion in its multiple forms to be studied or practised as a means to define freedom of faith and expression.

The judiciary has failed the judiciary

The passage of the two Bills that aim to replace the collegium system with a NJAC has led to the formation of two camps: While one camp feels that the judiciary will cease to be independent, the other believes that the executive has corrected an anomaly.

Felling laws for environment, from Manmohan's govt to Modi's

All mining, industrial and related projects will be given the green signal, causing widespread distress to those who pay the price of such unmonitored growth, writes Darryl D’Monte.

Listen to Irom Sharmila- repeal AFSPA

Irom Sharmila's release underlines once again something that the state or the Centre has been unable to grasp: she is not keen on taking her life, she is making a political point which is to repeal the AFSPA, writes KumKum Dasgupta.

Democracy without dissent serves no cause

For the BJP, the only obstacle in the way of steamrolling its majoritarian policies is an officially recognised Opposition party that can expose the government’s intentions. This is the essence of its strategy to 'isolate' the Congress in the Lok Sabha.

Indo-Pakistan ties: Needed tact, not tantrums

Waging peace is way more difficult than waging war in these times of conflict. That explains the Narendra Modi regime’s safer, short-term option of calling off talks with Pakistan, writes Vinod Sharma.

Suspension of Indo-Pak talks have repercussions for Kashmir

Since the Indo-Pak talks have been suspended, and it is difficult to see how they can be resumed in the absence thus far of any back channel diplomacy, over a meeting between Basit and separatist leader Shabir Shah, there are consequences for Kashmir.

After Monday, dual peace process with Islamabad and Srinagar, now uncertain

If earlier, India believed there were differences between civilians and the military intelligence combine in Pakistan and that its key aim ought to be strengthening the civilian government, Modi has shown he is not interested in internal political equations in Pakistan.

RSS Hindutva rhetoric puts PM Modi on sticky wicket

The RSS’ rising Hindutva rhetoric may be aimed at making gains in several election-bound states but it also turns the heat on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a time when parts of north and central India are witnessing a spurt in low-level communal violence, analysts say.

Law and order machinery in UP is unable to cope with challenges

The fragility of inter-community ties, as well as law and order, in west UP came to the fore once again in Loni town of Ghaziabad. In incident after incident, the issue of gender – either violence against a woman or a need to save her ‘honor’ – plays a part.

After a series of U-turns, Goa turns Right

The two-and-a-half years of the BJP -led coalition government in Goa are known for ‘U-turns’ on key policy pledges on mining, casinos and failure to deliver on the promise of corruption-free good governance.

China’s dream, our nightmare

As India’s new government gets down to the task of governance and crafting a national strategic policy, it needs to take a fresh look at the country’s relationship with China, writes Jayadeva Ranade.

Controversies galore, Arjuna Awards panel seldom hits target plumb

By belittling sportspersons to pander to influence instead of achievement, the Arjuna committees have done great disservice to the sporting community over the years, writes Sukhwant Basra.

Guardians of the Galaxy marks the advent of rogue superheroes

An outlaw, a green assassin, a tattooed wrestler, a raccoon and a tree set out to steal a decorated orb but end up forming an improbable fellowship of superheroes in the exquisite film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which is set in alien worlds.

Smriti Irani’s political ascent is not cosmetic

As democracy matures, it strikes at the hereditary sources of power. In future, Indian democracy will propel milkmen, drivers and mechanics to power frequently; they will make mistakes and might not differentiate a degree from a certificate, writes Tufail Ahmad
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