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Non-Science Nonsense

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ollowing the article, “Swadeshis are to GM crops what Church was to Galilean telescope,” a debate was launched on Facebook, challenging those who disagreed with the proposition to come up with theses that substantiated their apprehensions. As expected, links to several paranoid websites were furnished, whose owners were exposed one by one as heads of […]

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Administration as priority

But the government will do better by disempowering carriers of legacy, making the most of big events and creating a trustworthy national broadcaster Reports of changes brought about by the NDA Government in managing its ministries and departments are arriving by the dozen every day, much as economists may be still ruing the fact that […]

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What was Jaitley up to?

Rarely has Rahul Gandhi, the vice-president of the Indian National Congress, made an observation that has not invited jeers, or quipped to betray a good sense of humour. As a one-off case, his critique of Budget 2014-15 was bang on: “It is just a laundry list of Rs 100 crore proposals.” Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram rubbed it in […]

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Back on track

After years and decades has come a Railways Budget that promises to revive the industry that was found ever-ailing, and lately on the verge of a collapse, thanks to endless populism that previous ministers and governments for long did not have the courage and conviction to set aside. The proposals for financial year 2014-15 have […]

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Hope wins

And despair loses. Braving vicious criticism and slander of political rivals and a hostile media spanning more than 12 years, a man of humble origins, after staying undefeated in his home State of Gujarat for three terms, has led his party to a resounding victory across India. Such has been the prevalence of Narendra Damodardas […]

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Worst-held elections

With images of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi freely roaming around inside polling stations of Amethi circulating in the social media, the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 has turned out to be the most shoddily conducted polls in recent history. As if Gandhi’s impudence were not enough, a television news channel broadcast footage of a nervous […]

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Leave the woman alone

It is no more a letter released purportedly by a beleaguered father claiming he had asked Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his daughter’s security cover since she was living away from her family. The father has now moved the Supreme Court in an attempt to stop the State-appointed Commission of Inquiry and the one […]

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Ostrich Isn’t Secular

Secularism does not mean brushing communally sensitive information under the carpet or refusing to look at the reality as it is. But that is precisely the symptom of the popular misinterpretation of the concept in India, leading to the humanitarian crisis that we see in western Assam today. While the law enforcement agencies have not […]

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Is It Nishkama Karma?

Economists Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya had endeared to the educated masses by offering spirited, scholarly defence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s model of governance last year. Now that they say they are looking for a role in the government of the subject of their treatises, their edifice of credibility collapses. This is truer […]

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Looks Like Anti-Incumbency

Activists of the BJP and Shiv Sena were despairing almost till 4 pm yesterday as voting in Mumbai was hardly indicative of the people’s urge to participate in democracy, the heightened political sensitisation since 2011 notwithstanding. The turnout was a trickle even as booth managers complained up to 6 lakh adults did not find their […]