HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Big Idea

All talk, no action

What the states need to do is to have the local equivalent of the IB of the Central Govt, a force made up of constables and officers, dedicated to the task of intelligence gathering, writes Srinivas Hebbar.

There are very significant differences between Friday’s bomb blasts in Bangalore and Saturday’s explosions in Ahmedabad. It is likely that they were carried out by different groups, although both probably belong to the many off-shoots set up by former members of the Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), that too in the last couple of years. There was no email warning for the Bangalore blasts, unlike the 14-page email sent to media organisations just before the Ahmedabad explosions, writes Ravi Visvesvaraya Prasad.

Can you blame us for our Saarcasm?

The 15th SAARC summit will remain a meaningless regional ritual as long as bilaterals on terrorism remain brushed under the carpet, writes Mahendra P Lama.

Counting on Teheran

With global oil markets already nervous in anticipation of a strike on Iran, the big question naturally is what implications it would have on India, writes N Chandra Mohan.

When two is company

The UNPA experiment is tottering. Most regional parties will join either the Congress or the BJP. This will leave the Left in a difficult situation, writes Varghese K. George.

Multi-armed with knowledge

University education today lags pitifully behind the demands of our globalised knowledge economy. It’s time it provides a multi-disciplinary approach to learning, writes Gautam Chikermane.

Campus Christi

The powerful mafia of bishops that control St Stephen’s is hell bent on destroying the college, writes Barkha Dutt.

Fallen in line, taken for a ride

The Gujjars will be faced with the prospect of having to question the decision of the highest court of the land and will be squarely blamed for being lawless, writes Jagdeep S Chhokar.

India’s missing links

Naxalism is entering a new phase, fed as it is by the oxygen of the states' failure in its duties towards its own people, writes Sudeep Chakravarti.

A Drinking problem

A man-made water crisis is ravaging Bundelkhand and this monsoon could provide a crucial opportunity to save the region from disaster, writes KumKum Dasgupta.

UPA dithers, BJP gains

Since 1994, the BJP has consistently improved its voting percentage — from 17 per cent in 1994 to 20.69 pc in 1999 to 28.33 pc in 2004 to nearly 34 pc in 2008. Sitaram Yechury enlists a variety of factors on this consistent rise in its support base.

All give and no take

Mother’s Day, like Levi’s jeans, is a uniquely American invention that has been embraced globally. It’s a day of remembrance for a mother’s sacrifices and love for a child, writes Ravi Kalia.

Bowling them over

With the emergence of IPL, cricket is now firmly part of the ‘celebrity culture’ that dominates our urban planet, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

PR and prejudice

The US strategy of embedding journalists in combat units appeared as an unprecedented watershed in media history, writes Nayanjot Lahiri.

Time for a trade-off

Any government of the day is duty-bound to take measures to insulate ourselves from global speculation and protect the livelihood of our people, writes Sitaram Yechury.
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