HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014


Test of Pak’s seriousness about terrorism is how it treats Hafiz

In some ways, deploying drones and a ground offensive against the TTP are easier than tackling the LeT, which takes advantage of proximity to the establishment and corrodes Pakistan from within.

The Cold War finally ends: US policy was misguided on Cuba

Barack Obama recently agreed a landmark climate deal with China, passed executive orders on immigration and has now taken the historic decision to establish full diplomatic ties with Cuba.

SpiceJet's turbulence is far from over

The airline industry, the world over, is prone to spectacular booms and busts. That India is no exception is borne out by what has been happening to SpiceJet, a once-promising budget carrier that is now struggling to take off.

From Hughes to #illridewithyou: Aussies show the way

Australia recently moved the world with the way it treasured Phillip Hughes. This week it impressed again by the exemplary response of its people, parts of government and media to a terror-like situation.

Pakistan’s most dangerous enemy is denial

Pakistani strategists have long played the anti-India card to develop equities within the country and nurture non-State jihadi groups as ‘assets’. This has to change.

Controversies like HRD ministry’s Xmas circular will hurt BJP, PM

It is difficult not to conclude that the ruling BJP has itself to blame for the unproductive and disruptive proceedings in Parliament that we are seeing in this session so far.

Pak carnage a reminder that terrorism needs a long-term plan

Just days after Malala Yousufzai — the child they targeted earlier for daring to attend school —  received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Pakistani Taliban pitilessly gunned down more than 100 children at the Army Public School in Peshawar on Tuesday.

Abe wins impressively but has a daunting reform agenda ahead

Mr Abe’s ideas elicited a great degree of interest in the policy world but he has not embarked on far-reaching reform yet.

Climate change: Nations must make sacrifices for greater good

The saving grace in the talks at Lima has been that they were not a total disaster. It should be stressed that climate change knows no boundaries. Hence all countries should think beyond themselves.

It pays to be humane

 India must reflect on its own human rights record in the candid manner that the United States and Brazil have.

The Saradha plot thickens now

People need to know more about where exactly lay the culpability of the people arrested in the scam, which laws of the land were broken and how. This way a case for tighter supervision by the appropriate financial authorities can be made.

Anti-Maoist plans need rights-based laws

Along with naming airports and roads after tribal icons, the State must ensure that rights-based laws like the Forest Rights Act and the MGNREGA are implemented in letter and spirit in these poverty-stricken tribal areas.

Right-wing fringe groups cause more damage to BJP

The BJP has to tell affiliates of its mentor organisation, and the RSS itself, the legal repercussions. Having to deal with the political fallout of such activities by these groups will prevent the government from carrying out the crucial business of governance.

India-Russia ties: Old friendship, new equations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin strive to improve ties, even as geopolitics casts a shadow.

A national criminal database may minimise incidents like rape

When it comes to public safety, the authorities have to be ever vigilant. A good start would be to get this database going. There are several technologies available when it comes to security systems.
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