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HindustanTimes Thu,10 Jul 2014

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Jaguar truths of a Nano economy

India has more than 50 urban agglomerations that have a population of more than a million, each offering a potential for growth, while there are an estimated 250,000 US dollar millionaires in the country whose super-richness contrasts the sub-alterns below the line Dr. Rangarajan has drawn afresh.

Facebook takes the world from intellectual to emotional property

Old jobs fade, but new jobs appear in Indian infotech

Reliance, Amazon may usher in dealphone war

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Why petro products subsidies should be done away with

Removal of all subsidies won't ignite inflation. Only diesel hike will do so. And all this can be compensated by lowering income taxes as detailed above without creating any strain on the government's budget.

Railway fare hike could be the first of many bitter pills

An open letter to finance minister from salaried class

After LS poll debacle, can the Congress bounce back?

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Reach for the fruits of power

The Congress is at its nadir and the BJP is at its peak. The former can fall no lower and one is not sure how much more is left for the latter to scale. The best time then is now for these two major parties to shrug off their allies and strike out on their own.

We are no sadhus or saints: Sharad Pawar's words couldn't be truer

For Pawar, Delhi’s still far off

Mumbai or Pune: your identity shouldn't be a crime

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Decline of Bengal, death of the bhadralok

From Rammohun Roy to Satyajit Ray to Tapas Pal, in Bengal the gap between an inherited ‘culture’ of the past and the social reality of today is probably greater than any other state, writes Sagarika Ghose.

Can Narendra Modi do a 21st century Ashoka?

LS polls: Did the Fourth Estate uphold the duties of citizenship?

The Elf of Self-Respect

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BJP's high-speed rail plans and fare hike could save Railways

India’s railways have been a victim to politics of another extreme: Mindless populism. This is why you hear the tired objections to the fare increases from the BJP’s own allies and the Congress, writes Samar Halarnkar.

Liberal, secular and Indian in the age of PM Modi

Let's say it for India, my name is Khan

For all to see: India's prejudices in poll season

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Bored to death? Tips on surviving ennui

Boredom is something we all know. It’s that horrible state of mind that makes you listless or act incredibly stupid. And you still don’t stop being dreary or doing stupid things you know you’ll regret simply because you can do it and can’t think of anything better to do.

More than just a cough? It could be tuberculosis

Bored to death? Tips on surviving ennui

Put sex back in sex education, Mr Minister

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Why TV enhances tennis but diminishes football

To show the action clearly and in better size, TV resorts to multiple shots of varying size. But that means you may not always get a sense of where the other players are and what challenge they pose. Karan Thapar writes.

Oh to be in England cracking jokes about The Queen!

Amid the hurrahs, a small warning for Mr Narendra Modi

Two faces of the government: we choose the liberal one

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Cheques and balances by star economists

Why should footballers and politicians and film stars hog the news on TV? With budget week ahead, this is the right time for economists to become celebrities and get into the limelight. Manas Chakravarty imagines what a typical broadcast should be like.

And now, let’s see how the star striker scores

Bhutan: Dodgy geography, but great alliteration

Change the goalposts for the beautiful game in India

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The Indian cricket tradition of seam and swing

When India played its first Test, at Lord’s in June 1932, our strike bowlers were the fast bowler Mohammad Nissar and that master of swing and seam, L Amar Singh. The back-up was provided by the medium-pacers Jehangir Khan and CK Nayudu.

Those who keep the government honest

The forgotten Gujarati Prime Minister

Jawaharlal Nehru: Hero of his age, outcast of ours

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A world to convince: why a woman can't have it all

Women who manage boardrooms are still expected to keep an eye on what’s for dinner, whether the linen has been changed and whether the children have completed homework, writes Barkha Dutt.

PM’s silence on some issues has certainly been perplexing

Modi is lilkely to defy the assumptions of his advocates and critics

Varanasi is a good place to start Modi’s new political innings

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English is Indian: Kindly adjust

We need to stop apologising and start acknowledging that English is now our language, adding to a rich profusion of the languages we already own, writes Namita Bhandare.

Why Preity-Ness case isn't a mere 'tiff'

It is the end of the road

What sort of prime minister will Modi be?

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The centre may not hold: how public rage may hurt India

The Muzaffarnagar riots and the mauling in elections were bad enough, but things really spun out of control with the rash of rapes and gang rapes that don't show any sign of letting up, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

Why BJP's plan of full reforms is easier said than done

China wants more babies now, but can it succeed?

Global nationalism

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Profits before people, corporates before country

The Modi government appears to send signals that it shall implement the UPA policy trajectory of widening the divide between the two Indias more aggressively.

BJP slogans are like old whine in a new bottle

Initial signals from Narendra Modi government are ominous

The BJP’s victory is not truly representative

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Budget 2014: Before the achhe din, here comes the big squeeze

Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s first budget will hold out cues on how the govt plans to deliver on some of its poll promises. It can well kick off the economy’s great come-from-behind feat.

BJP has to leave no room for doubt about its intentions

For Modi, it's a beginning in line with the mandate

Jaya, Maya, Mamata may hold the aces after May 16

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When it’s too early to retire from the fray

It’s not math but merit that ought to decide whether someone makes it to the top. That’s also why it may be time to revisit the retirement age for India’s civil servants, writes editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.

Some low-hanging fruit for Modi, but fixing economy won't be easy

A lesson PM Narendra Modi could learn from China

How Akhilesh Yadav, young CM of hope, lost his chance

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Log in for this fight: why it's time India counters online jihad

India’s security establishment has enough to worry about on the terrorist front in West Asia. But it also faces a challenge in cyberspace, in the propaganda battle against those like LeT chief, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

No warmth this summer

India will benefit by working on a new roadmap for Kabul

How close is the Modi campaign to the Obama campaign?

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Not just figureheads: why the governor's post is important

In suggesting that governors of the day demit office before term, the present government is doing what was done unto it. Tit for tat is not a game to be played for the office, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Public-spirited individuals are nation’s most ‘loyal’ opposition

It’s all out in the open

Modi will be the govt, the govt will be Modi

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Ruling the roost in Raj Bhavan: do we really need governors?

If the removal of a governor should not be arbitrary, then neither should the appointment. And the fact is, over the last four decades, stretching back to the 1970s, that is precisely what has happened.

India high on interest, low on facilities as Fifa World Cup kicks off

Narendra Modi must shun adversarial politics

Rahul to Akhilesh, Ajit Pawar to media: Modi needs to thank them

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Bengali Muslims can't be ‘cleansed’ by massacres and rhetoric

The Bodo Territorial Council had appointed surrendered Bodo militants as foresters, and armed them with rifles. The surrendered militants never had been seriously disarmed by the state government.

Is rejection of UPA the rejection of secularism, welfarism?

Be prepared to stand alone

Here's how you could stop the next communal riots

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A government’s job is to govern, not represent the views of all people

This is regarding the point that some establishment intellectuals have been making these days: That since the NDA has garnered 38.5% of the vote (and the BJP 31%), its victory is somehow incomplete/illegitimate. Amish writes.

Go ahead, be a rebel

To make money is glorious

The centre doesn't hold

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Congress would damage its own future if it supports Third Front

If the BJP gets at least 50 seats more than the Congress, which now seems certain, then the Congress should accept defeat with grace and dignity, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Manmohan had become a one-issue prime minister

Economy as an issue takes front seat this election

This vote bank is gone: how Congress lost the middle class

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Gavaskar not immune to conflict of interests

While Sunil Gavaskar still evokes awe for his stupendous cricketing feats, his dalliance with the cricket administration, that includes his contract with the BCCI as a commentator, inspires little confidence, writes Pradeep Magazine. SC appoints Gavaskar as BCCI working president | Did MS Dhoni try to shield Meiyappan?

 

Ignoring Cheteshwar Pujara is harming India

Dhoni needs to show Sourav's visionary quality

Lahli perfect setting connecting two disparate worlds

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That’s all folks!

This is the last Red Herring that will appear in this paper. Like all bad things (and, come to think of it, good things too), this column also had to come to an end, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Pre-flight reading

Fooling around

The lost Mughals

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For the Congress, there is no time to lose

Having lost power in Delhi and Rajasthan in the recently concluded assembly polls and having failed to topple the BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the Congress is apparently headed for its lowest tally in the Lok Sabha polls in 2014.

Has Varun averted Gandhi vs Gandhi face-off in Amethi?

Congress steals Mamata’s thunder by naming Pranab

A difficult road ahead

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World's climate change challenges are interlinked

The human condition in the future would depend on how we manage the scarcity of water, energy and food. RK Pachauri writes

Lost in statistics

Cold, necessary cuts

A fluid situation

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The old age pangs

We all reach a stage in life when we need help, love and kindness. Our parents, all their lives, have helped us, kissed our bruises, wiped our tears and made us what we are today.

No need to chase God

The battle for peace

Growth conundrum

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A Philanthropist

A frequent and welcome visitor is my very old friend, Nanak Kohli, often accompanied by Planning Commission member Syeda Hamid, whom I have also known and admired for many years. She and I share a great love for Urdu poetry, which somehow seems to go well with a large peg of single malt.

Fathering a novel

Remembering Ruth

Desi Meemokrasee

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A fierce competition

The new generation of Pakistani leaders must provide new slogans and effectiveness in service delivery to young voters instead of reminding them of old injustices. Ayesha Siddiqa writes.

An inconvenient truth

Caught in a vortex

Inch by painful inch

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Good restart but what took you so long, Dr Singh?

For an irrationally exuberant market yearning to look up, the politically-untenable legislative reforms proposals that climaxed after 40 months and changing partners may be good enough to deliver a 1,000-point Sensex return. Gautam Chikarmane writes.

Subsidies, politics, voters and taxpayers

Why now: the 4 compulsions behind our recent reforms surge

Diesel price hike: bad politics, but good economics

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Travelling on the Sufi trail

These days anything goes in the name of Sufi music. A number of labels have made capital of this musical currency over the last decade. So much has been put out there in the market that it's become difficult to know what's Sufi and what's not. Amitava Sanyal writes.

The league of obscure composers

Getting to Bhojpur via Wasseypur

Jaidev gets the Sachal treatment

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The Power of One

I believe in India. I believe in the people of India. I believe that each and every Indian loves his/her country. I believe that India is changing. I believe that India wants to change. Aamir Khan writes for HT.

Thirst in the land of malhaar

… towards a shared common good

The destroyer of all that is… good

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Loyally divided between Dada and the Knights

The intensity of Kolkata's relationship with Ganguly, its penchant for cosmic, comic hyperbole when it comes to the player, is unique. Soumya Bhattacharya writes.

Dead serious

A proper cricket fan

Onwards to Mumbai

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A taste of things to come

Enforcement of standards and informed consumer choice work better than bans. Pratik Kanjilal writes.

Don't behave like a Pig

Possessed by possessions

It doesn’t ad up anymore

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Long road to justice

Even as we bask in the success of one man's fast unto death to rid our country of corruption, and we take to the streets in solidarity, there are few among us who have been waging a silent war against corrupt officials and a crumbling system without so much as a pat on the back. Tithiya Sharma writes.

The forest’s cry

The code of a warrior

Green warrior

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Differential calculus

Taking over as chief economic adviser to the Government of India has meant adapting to changes — some obvious and some more subtle, writes Kaushik Basu.

He left his imprint on every field of economics

The visible hand

Rationality, Trust & Development

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