HindustanTimes Thu,25 Dec 2014


Privatise, but wisely

Distress sale of PSUs is not the only option, writes Member of Parliament Jyotiraditya M Scindia exclusively for Hindustan Times.

Loose cannon

The firebrand VHP propagandist, Praveen Togadia, doesn?t seem to have realised that the BJP uses vitriol as a tactical weapon, to be used as and when the occasion demands, and not all the time.

Editorial: If Narendra Modi wins...

The good thing about electronic voting machines is that results are known within hours. The bad thing about electoral process, however, is the waiting.

The message

It seems to be an Iron Law of Indian Politics that every time a political party appears to support the majority in a communal riot, that party wins an impressive victory at the next election.

Muted agitation

There will be relief all round at the peaceful completion of the VHP?s conclave in New Delhi. This sudden toning down of the VHP?s customary aggressive conduct must have required a great deal of backstage parleys.

Digression in Damascus

The US intervention in Vietnam was motivated by the fear of what was called the ?domino theory? which said that the success of the communists in Indochina would be followed by their incursions into other countries of the region.

Striking a parallel with Iraq

Ever since the American adoption of pre-emptive strikes as a legitimate method of ?self-defence? against perceived enemies, the idea has been embraced by several countries.

Independent Press, RIP

An American tank fires on a Baghdad hotel killing three journalists and what?s the response from the US military? Sorry, but tough luck.

Damage control

In their determination to play a ?dominating? role in Iraq the Americans are tending to ignore the anger and dismay of the Iraqis.

Post-mortem of pre-emption

It wasn?t quite a ?cakewalk?, as a former US bureaucrat had predicted about the war in Iraq, but it wasn?t too much of a difficult job either.

Not meddling, just fiddling

With a regime changed in Baghdad, it was an ancient civilisation?s turn to be a war victim. That was not, however, how it was planned.

Attack of the suicide bombers

The Iraqi admission that thousands of would-be suicide bombers are waiting to be unleashed on the US-led coalition ought not to be surprising to anyone apart from the Pentagon generals

Filling the vacuum

The relief and elation felt by the US-led coalition forces over the relatively easy ?conquest? of Baghdad must have been diminished by the eruption of what the UN has described as ?anarchy?.

Digging up the past

Even as an attempt to get to the bottom of archaeological truth, the High Court order to dig up the past is a dangerous precedent. And does the digging stop only after Hindu relics are found?

Stung by the liberators

War has finally come to Baghdad, heralding one of the most decisive phases of the conflict. But it can prove to be decisive in more senses than one.
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