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The blame is on us: Rohtak girls' suicide reflects on India

Dec 16, 2012, gang rape forced a few changes in an otherwise gender-unfriendly India: We got a new anti-rape law. But that India has still miles to go is evident once again from the heart-rending story of two Rohtak girls.

LK Advani, BJP's yatri rolls into oblivion

This is not quite the fitting finale to an illustrious career. But veteran BJP leader LK Advani will now have to be content to have been always the bridesmaid and never the bride as his party eased him out of it’s parliamentary board.

Nationalism doesn't guarantee good governance

India has a competent PM and an exemplary president. Their religion or caste or community does not matter as long as they do their jobs. At least the majority of the people don’t care, but then they are not trying to win elections through less than savoury means.

Checks and balances needed for realty sector

The CBI probe into the Tata-Unitech land deal shows that the realty sector is still by and large unregulated. There is no functioning land market in India and prices of land and projects are apt to be concealed or simply misrepresented.

Bad to worse in UP as parties play with fire

There seems to be no limit to how much one can despair about Uttar Pradesh these days. Communal tensions, rapes, breakdown of law and order are what we hear far more of than efforts to tackle its serious governance deficits.

A holding action by the PM

In his election speeches, Narendra Modi regularly slammed Rahul Gandhi, calling him “shehzada”. But recently, as the prime minister was walking out of Central Hall after the President’s speech, he spotted Rahul Gandhi, smiled and held the young leader’s wrist for a few seconds with his left hand.

Hope for Lalu-Nitish after bypolls, but no wave

Not much should be read into the good showing by the RJD-JD(U)-Congress combine in the Bihar bypolls, though it’s a bit surprising that five of the six constituencies that it has won in fall in the Lok Sabha seats which the BJP-LJP had swept during the April-May polls.

Kerala govt’s prohibition will drive liquor trade underground

Mr Chandy has made a curious exception and allowed five-star hotels to continue serving liquor, as if to suggest that the rich are by their very nature more responsible drinkers and the lesser worthies aren’t.

Frame a new map for development

The North-East border crises could have been minimised if land disputes were solved in time.

PM wants action, DRDO must fire on all cylinders

A chalta hai attitude won’t do anymore. This was what Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently pointed out to the Defence Research and Development Organisation that has taken ages to conclude various weapon projects.

No limit to the brutality of ISIS

The gruesome beheading of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State is a reminder of the ghastly effects of radicalism and the havoc that the jihadi group is wreaking across Iraq and Syria.

By refusing to share dais with the PM, Cong is being churlish

The Congress appears to be losing the plot. This is evident from the childish reaction of some of its chief ministers who have refused to share the dais with PM Narendra Modi after Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda being jeered by some people when he was in Modi’s company.

Pakistan crisis will weaken Sharif's authority significantly

Nawaz Sharif is expected to hold on to power but this crisis will weaken his authority significantly. His tenure has been forgettable so far, marked by a failure to govern with the degree of urgency that Pakistan needs.

TRS doesn't seem to have a blueprint for the way ahead

Telangana has run into a second phase of problems just after the birth of the new state. After the creation of a new entity, the TRS leadership does not appear to have a blueprint for the way ahead.

Pak should not have let meetings with separatists derail talks with India

No one can blame India for saying that despite fair warning, Pakistan has fired the first hostile salvo by these meetings. As for the separatists, people would take them a bit more seriously if they would come out with a blueprint of their own.
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