HindustanTimes Sun,30 Aug 2015

How PV rape test shows the finger to the victim

In the midst of all this lands an advisory like the one from the Delhi government reviving the spectre of the controversial Per Vaginal, or the two-finger test. The test involves a doctor inserting two fingers in the vagina of a rape survivor to detect if the hymen is present or not, and the vagina’s size and laxity.

In control, Modi will not allow veto on foreign policy

The Modi era will be marked by the clear dominance of the PM on external relations. Modi has already sent a message to his party, his allies, states, Delhi's bureaucracy, and the region at large that he is the man in charge, the man who would take the final call.

Modi and Sharif mean business, quite literally

The PM-designate has done well in moving fast to woo the south Asian neighbour he so relentlessly bashed in his march to an unprecedented electoral victory. But one would desist from calling it a bold new beginning.

AAP in agony: dissent and resignations put party in crisis

Even before the serious setback the Aam Aadmi Party received in the Lok Sabha sank in, it is buffeted by another blow in the form resignation of its national executive member and its Muslim face Shazia Ilmi on Saturday.

Manmohan Singh: the right man at the wrong time

As he steps down after a mammoth 10 years in office, people might perhaps say that Manmohan Singh was the right man in the right party but at the wrong time.

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

When the Gujarat leader writes his blog and thanks the Indian voter, here are a few more thank you cards he should send out, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Are Tibetans who voted in LS polls Indian citizens?

Since the Election Commission (EC) made the announcement on February 7 that Tibetans in India could vote, debates have been raging in Tibetan community meetings and on social media sites. Tenzin Tsundue writes.

New govt should strike balance between growth and inflation

The retail inflation data, released on Monday, has already shown that food prices have begun to rise again. The retail inflation rate jumped to 8.6% in April from 8.3% in the previous month as the food inflation rate rose to 9.8%.

BJP search for new allies linked to numbers in RS?

The BJP’s overture to non-NDA parties is more of a necessity gift-wrapped as generosity. If it does assume power at the Centre after May 16, the Narendra Modi led coalition would need additional numbers in the Rajya Sabha for policy initiatives requiring legislative backing.

The new government’s foreign policy must not be ad hoc

Among the many challenges that the new government will face, one will definitely be foreign policy. The world is going through testing times. India’s new foreign policy will have to factor in all these and much more before the government comes up with a viable blueprint.

China expects Modi to be pragmatic in bilateral ties

China is getting ready to face an India that would apparently be “tougher” on political disputes but more “flexible” on its economic policies if NDA’s Narendra Modi becomes prime minister, the Chinese state media said on Wednesday.

Queen's gambit: What's at stake for Mamata in Lok Sabha polls

In her political life of more than three decades, the 2014 Lok Sabha polls are the first occasion where Mamata Banerjee has something to lose. At 59, Banerjee is fighting one of the toughest battles.

Stable govt crucial to boost investor confidence in a shaky economy

The economy’s recent record has been anything but spectacular. Investors want a stable government and a continued push to resolving execution bottlenecks remains key to reviving capital expenditure.

Not over yet: Punjab the way ahead for AAP

Is the Aam Aadmi Party headed for oblivion? Yes, if you look at the exit polls results from Delhi. No, if you look at Punjab. In this tale of two states, we can see why this is the worst of times for AAP and also the best of times for the party.

Anatomy of polls conceded without even a fight

The Congress’ absenteeism, Modi’s omnipresence: That, in short, is the story of the one-horse campaign for the recently-concluded polls. No matter what transpires on May 16, the fundamentals of this narrative are unlikely to change.
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