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  • bhavdeep kang, indian politics, editorial, politics, BJP, Congress, Fuel Price Row

    Politics is the art of selling the impossible

    At the BJP National Executive in Delhi last week, the party leadership projected a picture of confidence and determination, at a time when the government is under fire for rising fuel prices and a falling rupee. The upbeat mood in the BJP, it appears, has more to do with the disarray in the Opposition than…

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  • E-NAM working for farmers?

    Lutyen’s Delhi, home to the central government and Members of Parliament, is sometimes brought face-to-face with the people it purports to serve. Farmers invade the geometric grid of streets to protest against farm-unfriendly policies, disrupting traffic, scattering debris and evoking expletives from motorists. On the following day, it’s business as usual for the denizens of…

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  • Rahul Gandhi has ripped open old wounds

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s penchant for foot-in-the-mouth remarks is low-hanging fruit for his political opponents. He does it all the time and winds up being lampooned on social media. His statement in London last week, however, cannot be dismissed as just another Rahul-ism. In categorically absolving his party of complicity in the 1984 riots, he…

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  • Hashtags glamourise reckless behavior

    A 12-year-old turns herself into a fireball, because it “seemed like fun”. She is by no means the first child to have been severely injured while trying the YouTube #FireChallenge. The question is why the challenge, which began around 2012, has been red-flagged only now? A host of sinister hashtags float around the internet like…

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  • Loaded I-Day electoral message

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s persuasive India-rising speech at Red Fort carried an electoral message, with a subtext of continuity-with-change. The country’s rapid growth trajectory, he hinted, must not be compromised by political upheaval. A masterful balance of fact and dream-mongering, it was aimed at ramping up the feelgood factor induced by a satisfactory monsoon. Through…

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  • Child abuse: A mirror to our society’s soul

    Nelson Mandela said: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”. The brutal sexual and physical abuse of inmates at shelter homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh holds up a mirror to our society’s soul. So ugly is the reflected picture that we cannot…

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  • Rahul Gandhi-as-PM looks like a pie-in-the-sky

    Has the grand old party finally come to terms with its shrunken footprint? Backpedalling furiously from its Rahul-as-PM stance, it has indicated a willingness to accept a supporting role, thereby putting the dream of a Congress-led grand alliance to rest. It is ready to hop aboard the Opposition bandwagon, regardless of who is in the…

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  • Gilu Joseph, Malayalam actress Gilu Joseph, Gilu Joseph’s breast-feeding pictures, Grihalakshmi Magazine, Grihalakshmi magazine cover, breast feeding, breast feeding pictures

    Cleavage ok, not breastfeeding

    It’s the most natural thing in the world. Everybody’s done it. Breastfeeding, that is. The majority of 7.5 billion homo sapiens have been breastfed and at least 200 million are still ‘on the breast’. Yet, most of us will be hard put to recall real-life memories of the mammary gland being put to use as…

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  • maharashtra, crop, loan waiver, maharashtra government, croap loan waiver scheme, farmers

    Monitor schemes to see MSP succeed

    It’s that time of the election cycle again, when farmers become the focus of government solicitude. After years of acute distress and farmers’ agitations, the agricultural sector is now getting the TLC or tender loving care it deserves. Better four years late than never, minimum support prices (MSP) for kharif crops have increased sharply, but…

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  • Limits of Delhi, AAP and Lt Governor

    The asymmetry of power between the Centre and the State government of Delhi has been partially addressed by the Supreme Court. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has been freed of the Lt Governor’s stranglehold on the administration and elected representatives can now govern as they see fit. The Supreme Court’s interpretation of Article 239 AA,…

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  • Emergency vs the ‘Undeclared’ one

    The spike-studded Emergency boot is now on the other foot, or so the Lutyen’s intelligentsia would have the Indian electorate believe. At this very moment, we are told, a ‘maha-Emergency’ is in force. Democratic insitutions are being insidiously subverted and the Constitution given the go-by. Survivors of the Emergency, who suffered through its excesses, may…

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  • Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP

    PM Narendra Modi’s green mission is lost in haze

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a self-declared environment buff. His government’s policy on environment, however, is as hazy as the toxic dust cloud which enveloped Delhi in the first half of June, trapping megajoules of heat until the streets sizzled. For a week, Delhi’s collective lungs sucked in more hot dust than oxygen. There’s no…

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