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HindustanTimes Wed,30 Jul 2014

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Spot the Stalinist

So long as they are prepared to honour the verdict of free and fair elections, the BJP is not ‘fascist’, and the CPI(M) is not ‘Stalinist’, writes Ramachandra Guha.

All unquiet on the western front

Zero-tolerance for civilian casualties is a must to win the larger battle against extremism, one that must be fought politically, writes Amit Baruah.

Characters in search of an author

How six players from the political stage have come across to us as slightly changed after the ongoing Indo-US nuclear deal drama started, writes Sayandeb Chowdhury.

Bridge-builder

Swiss Islamist Tariq Ramadan, named one of 100 important innovators of this century, urges Indian Muslims to step out of the minority shell. Zia Haq elaborates.

All hands on that footnote

Amitav Ghosh’s new novel Sea of Poppies reminds us of the role of the British opium trade in our social history, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Riding upstream

The 76-year-old environmentalist has been on a stoical fast since June 13 in Uttarkashi to oppose the hydroelectric projects planned on the Himalayan stretch of the Ganges. Shalini Singh reports.

Going under every monsoon

The monsoon has taken a terrible toll in Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand and the north-east. Millions have been affected, and tens of thousands fleeing the floods are without a livelihood.

The cut & thrust of democracy

It has long been our lament that our political parties lack inner democracy, that they do not encourage differences of opinion.

Special appearance girls

Have you heard about how our best actresses find it humiliating these days to be called ‘item girls’? And who are these ‘best actresses’?

Opec’s got us over a barrel, let’s play our cartel right

Can Saudi Arabia, as OPEC swing producer, really make a difference with its promise of higher production of 200,000 barrels a day to 9.7 million b/d? N Chandra Mohan examines...

Quotas plus quotas don’t add up in polls

Does tinkering around with reservations help a political party? The record seems to suggest otherwise. Debashish Mukerji examines.

Spinning a web of virtual vanity

Fashionistas take to the web, sharing tips on everything that’s haute (or not!), and reveal how the hottest fashion fads can help transform your life for the better, writes Jhoomur Bose.

Indian politics: Don’t try to match the colours

The truth of the matter is that in today’s India, no political party has any ideology: all they have is a keen determination to hang onto the vestiges of power, writes Suhel Seth.

And deliver us from stupidity, Amen

St Stephen’s old girl Elizabeth Kuruvilla is fervently praying that her alma mater is not turned into a Christian mission at the cost of excellence.
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