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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stringent checks on cab services and facilitators like Uber a must

In the last few years, there has been an explosion of sorts of such taxi services in the metros and people have taken to them because they claim that they are safer than the existing services because they are GPS-enabled.

New body replacing the Planning Commission should be clearly defined

For obvious reasons, the group of states led by the BJP is in favour of a new body while the Congress-led states have questioned the need to pull the curtains down on the commission.

NDA's open season on the Indian ecology

Easing green laws to facilitate business cannot be at the cost of the environment. Not realising that the long-term viability of our economic future depends on the judicious use of our natural resources could turn out to be suicidal.

Pakistan back to its old, ugly tricks

It does no credit to Pakistan to host terror groups which are trying so hard to disrupt elections in Kashmir.
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