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HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014

Samar Halarnkar

India wants change but those voted to power can't deliver it

To understand why the fight for Delhi will not deliver the sweeping change that Delhi — or indeed any other Indian city — craves, you must go back to 1935, writes Samar Halarnkar.

Serve the rich: banks go easy on India's big loan defaulters

If you have not heard of a blacklist of incorrigible business defaulters, it’s probably because they have arranged for a new loan. It is particularly galling in a poor country where banks immediately blacklist poor and middle-class defaulters, writes Samar Halarnkar.

India's mission to Mars will stir our cynical, jaded spirit

India's voyage to Mars is about giving something your best shot, about reaching something unattainable and about stirring the spirit and boosting pride in a dispirited nation stuck in a cynical, divisive time. Samar Halarnkar writes.

A unique number for every Indian

AADHAAR: How a digital identity could really get money to the poor and help you get your passport faster. Samar Halarnkar, Editor-at-Large, Hindustan Times, writes. Forecasts for the next decade

Terror has a religion

India isn't as bad as Pakistan. But denying growing radicalisation among Hindus and Muslims could presage a national clash of civilisations. Samar Halarnkar writes.

A quiet man's murder

The brutal slaying of an autorickshaw-driver-turned-politician on a Bangalore street reveals how a Nether India is rising with New India, writes Samar Halarnkar.

What I did with $100 million…

Frodo: “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.” Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” — From the movie, Lord of the Rings

India's silent genocide

How economic growth is increasing the number of baby girls being aborted, strangled or tossed in the trash — and why we don't care. Samar Halarnkar writes.

India needs you

As growing misgovernance indicates, the bureaucracy needs to be restructured. Can small, shiny starts change the rusting steel frame? Samar Halarnkar writes.

Godhra’s judgment day

Two public servants. One Hindu. One Muslim. One burned to death, the other accused of starting the fire. As India prepares to hear the verdict this Tuesday on a riot that inflamed a decade of hate, terror and divisiveness, Samar Halarnkar finds common paragraphs in two opposing stories.

Narendra Modi 2.0

Gujarat's chief minister is attempting an ambitious metamorphosis. He's got some things right, but too much is going wrong, writes Samar Halarnkar.

The invisible hand

It's a simple idea used by 40 countries: give the poor money instead of complicated schemes. India says it will too - but it isn't ready. Samar Halarnkar writes.

Be very scared

Despite being prepared for the catastrophe, the earthquake has set Japan back by years. With India focused entirely on growth, it is unprepared for such a devastation, writes Samar Halarnkar.

Ride the second wave

India’s emerging revolution of innovation can bypass old legacies and benefit millions — if the government uses those benefits. Samar Halarnkar writes.

Kartam Surya's reign

Rogue policemen and vigilantes backed by the State now ignore even government officers in India's tribal heart. This will crush the Maoists? Samar Halarnkar writes.
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