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Bringing All On Par Hardik Patel is a social activist from Gujarat who has been leading the Patidar reservation agitation since a couple of years.

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Power Of Forgiveness

GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA IT is said that small courtesies of life cannot be brushed aside.  Many may not know that ‘pardon day’ has special significance abroad especially in the United States.  Saying “sorry” requires a lot of courage.  Mahatma Gandhi said: “The weak can never forgive; forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”  The words ‘apologise’, ‘plead’, ‘excuse’, ‘condone’ and …

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An Account Of Goa’s Unaccomplished Tasks

BINAYAK DATTA THE inevitable was happening.  More than governance, it is the debates on leadership, or rather replacement of it, that appeared to have taken over Goa for the last fortnight or so with the buzz of rumour mills of the social media at top decibels! It is such a relief now that the captain of the ship, Chief Minister …

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Democracy Is Imperilled THE rule of law, independent judiciary and a free press upholding the Constitution with inbuilt checks and balances are the hallmarks of our democracy. However, it appears that the successful philosophy is to squeeze the people first and then use bonanza to bribe them with goodies for votes: free mobile phones for all, welfare schemes and doles …

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Nothing Much to Rejoice Over Asiad

Binoo K John THERE is a general sense of euphoria after the just-concluded Asian Games. But actually there is more reason to grieve for Indian sport. There is cause to rejoice our track and field performance but overall Indian sport is where it has been for a long time. Since the 1960 Olympics, India has improved only marginally. Which could …

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Merces Troubled By Stray Animals THE menace of stray animals has attained dangerous proportions in Merces with stray dogs and cows taking over almost every street. They inconvenience commuters and even cause accidents. In the night while people are asleep, these stray animals take over the roads. The howling and barking of dogs disturb sleep of many. In areas which …

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Misguided J&K Youth Supporting Terrorism

MICHAEL VAZ, Merces THE unrest in Jammu and Kashmir has continued to be the most volatile issue since Partition in 1947 dividing united India into two independent dominions of India and Pakistan. After the initial unrest that had rocked parts of North India, there was peace and harmony in the region and Kashmir was the favourite tourist destination for many. …

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RSS Bid To Reach Out To The ‘Other’

AMULYA GANGULI IF Congress president Rahul Gandhi participates in the meeting called by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to discuss the country’s future, he can take the opportunity to seek clarifications on the organisation’s worldview. The replies by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to the Congress president’s questions cannot but have an impact on the outfit’s future in case a clear picture …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Blame Game On Bad Roads THIS is with reference to the news report ‘Contractors to face penalties over potholed roads’ (NT, September 4, 2018). The PWD cannot escape responsibility for the potholed roads in Goa by blaming contractors for failing to maintain the roads in the state under the mandatory three-year maintenance period clause. If the PWD’s hands are tied …

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Not Quite An Indian Moment At Asian Games

PACHU MENON, MARGAO THE ‘golden harvest’ by India at the Jakarta-Palembang games has been an eye-opener of sorts with the country getting medals from sporting challenges in disciplines that were never its forte. While it was a disappointment galore as far as some of the medal ‘certainties’ were concerned, the surprises that came especially from the track and field events …

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