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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

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India have a Yes Man in Shastri, now can well stop playing Tests abroad

I write this more in anger than thoughtful calmness. Without mincing words and getting right to the heart of the matter, I must say that Ravi Shastri has been rewarded for totally aligning himself with the cricket establishment of the country.

Tendulkar caught in trappings of an achiever in real world

Gavaskar not immune to conflict of interests

Ignoring Cheteshwar Pujara is harming India

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The new plan body must have a certain oomph

Narendra Modi says that he will replace the Planning Commission with a think tank. But it will take some doing to attract high-quality people to work for it, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

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

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

China wants more babies now, but can it succeed?

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Not for the faint-hearted

I would not have thought the dour and foxy PV Narasimha Rao could have had a sense of humour. But I have been forever amused by a very funny anecdote he related in his book, The Insider, writes Sujata Anandan.

Greed and Govinda: poverty and politics in Mumbai's Dahi Handi

Sharad Pawar is hungry to win Maharastra polls

Shiv Vada Pav, anyone?

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Mr PM, beware of attempts to mix history with myth

Debating history is necessary. But when myths are used as political weapons to further a certain agenda, their contentions become dangerous, writes Farrukh Dhondy.

The false one: Islamic State's Caliph is a fantasy enterprise

Keep the faith, science's bounty is enough for us

Politicians often attempt to threaten press into silence

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Wanted: A KYC for social media

To prevent combat terrorism and money laundering, financial authorities worldwide implement KYC norms. I am beginning to see a case for a similar check on social media sites, writes N Madhavan.

Indian telcos walking backwards?

Infosys' dilemma: buy back shares or go for the kill?

Why smartphones are like cornflakes boxes

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As BJP reinvents itself, Congress still remains the grand old party

While the Congress faces an existential problem over leadership, the BJP has scripted a change with a new chief who’s inducting a young members into his core team, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.

Young, conservative, traditional: Here's India's gen-next

The fast and the furious, the few and far between

First smarten our cities, then build smart ones

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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.

Gaza attack: The outrage of the beautiful people

The Definition of a Female Athlete

The filmmaker and the politician: what RGV can tell about Kejriwal

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By playing truant, Sachin has diminished himself

I know I’m about to suggest irresponsible MPs are like errant school children but then, quite frankly, the requirement to attend Parliament is not dissimilar to the need to be present in class, writes Karan Thapar.

Let’s honour ‘Sam Bahadur’ with the Bharat Ratna now

A noble calling expresses itself in a hospital touch

A hard habit to break: taxes won't reform smokers

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Facing each challenge with an open mouth

After the academic discussion about Bengal’s decline last week, readers have been clamouring to know what other terrible secrets lie within the pages of the National Sample Survey’s report on ‘Household Consumption of Various Goods and Services in India, 2011-12’.

If bengalis can’t have fish, let them eat potatoes

A model paper in elementary jingoism

A plot to deny us our chicken tikka masala

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Gandhi or Dadabhai Naoroji in Westminster?

Last month, the British foreign minister and chancellor of the exchequer visited India.  In a bid to charm their hosts they announced that a statue of Mahatma Gandhi would be erected outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

The past and future of the Congress party

Carpets red and green, long and small

The Indian cricket tradition of seam and swing

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No scoop lost in missing this flight

It's nobody’s loss if the media do not travel on the PM’s plane: not the PM’s, and not the media’s. And it certainly makes no difference to the Indian reader or viewer, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Congress would damage its own future if it supports Third Front

Manmohan had become a one-issue prime minister

Economy as an issue takes front seat this election

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Unless PM Modi soothes nerves, bad days may be coming

Unless Prime Minister Narendra Modi says something special, soothing and truly inclusive, from the ramparts of the Red Fort tomorrow, divisiveness in India will grow exponentially, writes Samar Harlankar.

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

Liberal, secular and Indian in the age of PM Modi

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

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Dahi handi: It’s the economy, govinda

There are arguments to not have courts sit in judgement over celebration of festivals, but the dahi handi has long ceased to be one. With the milk, curd and honey, there’s dosh for the brave-hearted participants and a lot of it for the organisers. It’s an economy, govinda.

Smart Mumbai? Forget it, let's build a resilient city

Media trial in defence of a media tried, the Shiv Sena way

Mumbai train fare hike: Pure economics was a bad argument

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Be warned, BJP-RSS combine's agenda is to divide and rule

The RSS, which is against the idea of India as a pluralistic society, is seeking to negate the vibrancy of the mosaic that distinguishes the country, writes Sitaram Yechury.

Poison pen: Attempt to rewrite India's history is dangerous

Profits before people, corporates before country

BJP slogans are like old whine in a new bottle

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CSAT to GM food: Govt must stop surrendering to street protesters

The NDA is as vulnerable to street protests, whether from within the formation or outside it, as its predecessor was. Instead of capitulating, it must stand by its convictions, writes Chanakya.

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

BJP has to leave no room for doubt about its intentions

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

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Do you know even handshakes are injurious to health?

In findings that will undoubtedly make conservatives leap with joy — if conservatives do leap at all — scientists have found that traditional bowing as a greeting is far healthier than shaking hands, high-fiving or fist bumping.

Ebola virus goes rogue, but pandemic unlikely

How safe is your favourite painkiller?

Shutting up sexism: Here's what India should do

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Playing the winning hand

Many US presidents are southpaws. There is little proof that PM Modi is left-handed. He signed in as PM favouring his right hand. But that hasn’t prevented the Indian Left Hander Club from claiming him as a member, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

India is showing signs of a psychological shift to a philosophy of pragmatism

Brazil World Cup and why US considers soccer unAmerican

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

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It’s time for Shiv Sena to grow up

Shiv Sena needs to spend less time courting controversies and start behaving like a mature political organisation committed to governance. It needs to shed the baggage of the past that is littered with politics of hate, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

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

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

Narendra Modi must shun adversarial politics

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Modi has a chance to change India's discourse, but for that he must speak

Narendra Modi has a chance to lead, even change, the nation’s discourse. Right now, we are ripe for a thousand unspoken conversations: Secularism, inclusiveness, development, gender, poverty. But instead of a dialogue we have competitive shrillness.

India's cavalier attitude towards crimes against women

English is Indian: Kindly adjust

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

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The leader who won't lead: Congress' Rahul Gandhi problem

Rahul Gandhi wants to take apart the Congress’ structure and put his own architecture in place. But where are even the first signs of that process? Barkha Dutt writes.

Missing the point: when media made Vaidik news

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

PM’s silence on some issues has certainly been perplexing

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You could impress Nadine Gordimer, disgust her, but not fool her

Nadine Gordimer’s death at 90 earlier this month revived interest in her life and work as no event in her life had, not since the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to her in 1991.

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

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

It’s all out in the open

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India's courts in the dock, fail to give justice to Dalit village

The acquittal of the 21 men serving life terms in the 1991 Tsundur massacre once again confirms that for the oppressed, justice is hard to secure, writes Harsh Mander.

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

Is rejection of UPA the rejection of secularism, welfarism?

Be prepared to stand alone

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BJP attempt to form govt in Delhi akin to hara-kiri

Buoyed by the success in the LS polls, BJP leaders may be feeling that forming the government in Delhi is the right thing to do. Amid talk of six Congress MLAs possibly supporting a BJP government, Rajnath Singh has denied allegations of horse-trading.

Will the budget really usher in ‘acche din’ for India?

Why petro products subsidies should be done away with

Railway fare hike could be the first of many bitter pills

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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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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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