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HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Manas Chakravarty

It takes blood, sweat and toil to stalk

At a jam-packed conference on stalking and snooping held in US, unreliable sources claimed that the NSA, the US spying outfit, is planning to send a team of agents to Gujarat to learn shadowing techniques.

Freebies for everyone, the Centre is buying

The Congress and BJP are tripping over each other to announce freebies in poll bound Chhattisgarh. The problem is: how much of all this is hot air? Who is going to pay for the hand-outs? Manas Chakravarty writes.

Despite 66 years of democracy, India remains a strong plutocracy

After innumerable elections, where the will of the people has supposedly prevailed, despite all the socialist rhetoric and in spite of all that hot air about inclusive growth, India remains a strong and stable plutocracy. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Raise the bar with a statue of Sachin

Sardar Patel certainly deserves a statue. But, we should have a giant statue of Tendulkar, captured in the act of hitting the ball for a six. He is, after all, the guy who has done more for Indian unity than anyone else. Manas Chakravarty writes.

What NSA found when it tapped phones of world leaders

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders, according to The Guardian. Here are the transcripts of important conversations of world leaders, from the US National Security Agency (NSA) archives. Manas Chakravarty writes.

From coal to gold: Nightmares, dreams on Raisina Hill

How is it, you must have wondered, that the government can stumble so unerringly from crisis to crisis? Well, the secret is out and we now know exactly how the government makes its decisions. Manas Chakravarty writes.

A deep, dark plot

A lot of very naïve people, who have no idea how the world really works, have said Banerjee is making ridiculous statements.

A meaning streak

The newspapers have been full of India's economic growth plunging to the lowest in the last nine years. In order to make things clear, I have deconstructed some of the comments. Manas Chakravarty writes.

All our many selves

It's terrible, simply awful. I am amazed at the sheer incompetence of this government. Absolutely ridiculous. They should all be sacked. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Choosing a president

Welcome to Management 101. My topic today is: how do you elect the chairman of the board of directors? Manas Chakravarty writes.

The $10 bn starters

Greek delegate: Pardon, monsieur, can we drop in? MMS: Of course, make yourself at home. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Waking animal spirits

It's strange that only businessmen need animal spirits to help them work, while doctors, engineers and teachers get along very well without them.

Spreading confusion

Have you been dazed and bewildered by the recent attempt to get the IITs to change a perfectly good admission system? Manas Chakravarty writes.

Food for thought

Chidambaram's comment that the Indian middle class is willing to splurge on ice-cream and mineral water without fuss, but protests against a small increase in the price of wheat and rice, has raised a tremendous hue and cry. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Seating arrangements

Pawar was reportedly upset when the PM allocated the chair next to him to AK Antony at the last Cabinet meeting, while allocating to Pawar the seat next to the defence minister.
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