HindustanTimes Thu,24 Apr 2014


Mamata Banerjee is all smoke and no fire

One of the key figures in this democracy yatra is, of course, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and when it comes to generating controversy out of thin air, there is no one to match the stormy petrel of Bengal politics.

Hatemongers speaking on behalf of BJP are undermining its image

The BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi have rightly understood that the Indian voter will, by and large, cast his or her lot in with a moderate and secular political party. This is what the BJP has been trying to project itself as, putting behind some unfortunate episodes in its past.

Sarpanch's murder shows little security in Kashmir

Terror is never far from the surface in Kashmir. And this was proved again with the murder of a sarpanch on Thursday evening by suspected terrorists in Pulwama district, which will go to polls on April 24.

Next government needs to push up growth and create jobs

Regardless of whichever party comes to power, one thing, however, appears certain that the next government faces that the daunting task of pushing growth, cooling  prices and spinning jobs, without losing much time.

BCCI should begin a fresh innings

The Supreme Court’s directive to N Srinivasan asking him to stay away from the affairs of the cricket board until a thorough probe is carried to its logical conclusion shows its concern over the rot within the system.

Potential BJP allies will have to contend with Narendra Modi

Rajnath's claim that BJP will win 272 seats on its own cannot be happy news for the sizeable number of allies the party has gathered. More so, because this time they, by all reckoning, will have to contend with a person, Narendra Modi.

Why fighting corruption will be tough for Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi said that he would put all politicians with criminal backgrounds behind bars without any discrimination. While this will go down well with the electorate, Modi knows that this is not going to be an easy task.

LS polls 2014: Political parties giving real issues a miss

The last we heard the parties talk about pertinent subjects was in their manifestos, but even in that race, there were no clear winners: All three are high on promises but terribly low on what needs to be done and the roadmap ahead.

No tinkering, please

The BJP would do well to remember the UPA government in 2004 did not remove YV Reddy from the post of RBI governor even though he had differences of opinion with finance minister P Chidambaram on taxing foreign inflows and he was allowed to complete his term.

Low voter turnout in Bastar a cause of concern

In Maoist-hit areas, holding free and fair elections is just one part of the challenge; the bigger challenge lies in getting ballot boxes, polling officials and security men safely out of the Maoist strongholds once the elections are over.

Mulayam's remarks show how deep patriarchy runs in India

Women form 49% of the electorate. Yet netas don't think twice before making outrageous rape remarks. Their comments show that gender discrimination runs deep in this patriarchal society.

INS Sindhurakshak fire: ‘Sabotage’ angle in report is disturbing

The report that sabotage or error could be a reason for the fire on the INS Sindhurakshak is highly disconcerting given the fact that there is a great deal of dissatisfaction in the armed forces over pay, conditions of work, etc.

Franchise rights of the NRIs

That more than 10 million Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) will not be taking part in the ongoing general elections is a shortcoming of an otherwise efficient electoral system.

EC must step up vigilance

Sectarian utterances by public figures are marring the poll process, in which they are supposed to be the biggest stakeholders for now as well as in many elections in the future.

Assam, Tripura lead by example

The 2014 general election kicked off on April 7 in the country’s North-East (NE) and the region gave the country a robust and rollicking start. Nearly 6 million people cast their votes in six constituencies in Assam and Tripura.
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