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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

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Modi sends out the right message by focusing on northeast problems

The BJP’s backroom boys are clearly on top of their game. The Northeast may not have a huge number of seats in the Lok Sabha, but in such an uncertain election, every seat counts.

Tree of Hinduism under threat from concerted effort to prune it

Consider Penguin India’s decision to destroy copies of The Hindus: An Alternative History, if somewhat contentious, portrait of the Indian majority, by Wendy Doniger, a professor with doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian studies. Samar Halarnkar writes.

Pepper the proceedings with some entertainment

This simply isn’t done. It’s terrible, absolutely terrible, the way our parliamentarians go about wasting taxpayers’ money.

People wanted good governance from AAP, not midnight raids

Even before he ended his own government’s barely seven-week tenure, Kejriwal may have lost another constituency that voted for his party last year: the middle class. Hindustan Times editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan writes.

Political parties must shed politics of puritanism and become reformists

Puritanical zealotry doesn’t stand the test of time. AAP is not the only party to practise the politics of puritanism. Until a change of heart recently, Rahul Gandhi’s stand on the rural-urban divide was highly puritanical, writes Sagarika Ghose.

Watching every step you take

By entering the electoral portal, the Aam Aadmi Party has accepted responsibility, accountability and vulnerability to critical evaluation by the people, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

We’re witnessing the deterioration of political debate

The allegation that the Congress is a ‘dynastic’ institution is not relevant to the understanding of the policies and programmes of the party, writes CP Bhambhri.

Unwrapping the New Year

While participating in these seasonal sprees is a difficult task because of the crowds, there are many who are holding out for the return of the 8-Track or, better yet, the Radiogram, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

Polio vaccine is not the threat, its opponents are

Unidentified gunmen killed one vaccinator and two policemen in two separate attacks on polio vaccination teams in northwestern Pakistan on Friday. In Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, two policemen were killed as they headed to provide security for a vaccination team.

Sick and unnatural

There’s only one wish I have for the future of this country: that its children and their children — all heterosexual and created from the natural vitamins and juices of heterosexuality — live in an India free of squinty-eyed perverts, writes Indrajit Hazra.

This electoral deficit disorder is contagious

The BJP says it doesn’t have the people’s mandate to govern because it doesn’t have a majority. AAP says it will neither give nor take support from others. Have you thought of what will happen in Parliament if all parties started thinking the same way?

The good woman took a fall for UPA II

The anger that toppled Sheila Dikshit was not directed against her performance in Delhi. It was seeking revenge for the corruption and policy paralysis associated with the Central government.

There are no takers for crumbs from the high table

The recent assembly elections, especially the stunning showing by the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, have shown that the dialogue between the ruled and ruler is now one of equals.

Voting for new dimensions of democracy

This year will be remembered as a year of experiments: Aam aadmi has emerged as a new political identity. Delhi did not only vote for change but also for new dimensions of democracy.

Haste, hype and populism cannot serve gender justice

Allegations of sexual misconduct should not be allowed to be used as ammunition in anti-authoritarian battles that are also riddled by gender-based disparity of power, writes Suparna Banerjee.
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