HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014


Licence raj has been replaced by a resource raj

Crony capitalism is a cancer that has ensured that a few get rich at the cost of the many, writes Pradeep S Mehta.

The time for repentance is past, give peace a chance

Was there any patriotic fire in the cancellation of the foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan? Ostensibly yes, but intrinsically no.

SC order weakens anti-dowry law, hurts women's rights

The SC judgment against the ‘mechanical’ arrest of those accused in dowry cases undermines women’s rights, writes Jayanthi Natarajan

Incredible India must move into the next orbit

The tourism sector in India is the most appropriate instrument for addressing the concerns of poverty, employment and regional imbalances says Suman Billa.

Kashmir: Time for Modi to play the statesman

Narendra Modi should decide if he wants to be an ideological figure who backs the Hindutva agenda in Kashmir or be a statesman who transforms South Asia by building ties of interdependence. He cannot be both, writes Sushil Aaron.

Attenborough's Gandhi: The movie and the idea of India

This October 2, we must organise a special screening of the movie for our lawmakers. Let's see how many turn up, wonders KumKum Dasgupta.

We have to be on a constant learning curve

The government should reorient its role from education provider to that of a regulator for improving the quality of schools.

Replace AFSPA with a better, rights-respecting law

Irom Sharmila has been protesting against AFSPA for the last 14 years. Unfortunately, the debate over the act has been reduced to an absurd test of patriotism, writes Meenakshi Ganguly.

How 'love jihad' became a mainstream agenda

Issues like Babri Masjid were often abstract for even citizens sympathetic to the cause. But the issue of ‘love jihad’ strikes deep in every home and introduces a toxic element in inter community relationship. BJP plays safe, drops mention of love jihad in resolution

National Judicial Commission a welcome step, but it's not perfect

What matters now is how and with what objectivity and fairness we operate the new system. Institutions are only as good as their operators, writes Abhishek Singhvi.

Dina Nath Batra did not hold a gun to anyone’s head

Dina Nath Batra approached the court with his objections and won much to the chagrin of his ideological detractors; a coterie with a false sense of entitlement, not used to defeat or having its ideas trashed, writes Vivek Gumaste.

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.
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