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An Alert Citizenry

THE Pilerne Citizens Forum (PCF) must be congratulated for their action and call to investigate the electoral rolls in the state.

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A Befitting Reply to China

BY INDER MALHOTRA
TWO facts stand out in the wake of China’s offensive refusal of a visa to one of India’s top generals bound for Beijing to lead the Indian delegation in a high-level exchange with the northern neighbour and the calibrated Indian reaction of “suspending” but not snapping military exchanges between the two countries.

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Good Luck to Queen Sonia

MS Sonia Gandhi’s election as Congress president for the fourth successive term is something that carries surprise to no one in this country, inside or outside Congress.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

India Starving
BEING extremely engrossed with the IPL and the BCCI–both money-spinners–Mr Sharad Pawar paid no heed to his responsibilities as Agriculture Minister. Sugar shortage, inflation in food products, extreme frustration among the poor farmers and now rotting of sixty-one thousand tonnes of foodgrain!

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Defining Azaadi in Kashmir

BY KEDAR NATH PANDEY
VERY few Muslim Kashmiri boys are willing to come out of Kashmir in search of jobs. Without making the story too long and loaded with the Rajatarangini, sufism and so on, all Kashmiris believe in something called Kashmiriyat. But no matter how hard they try, they can’t define it.

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Abandoned Goans

THE report that residents of a few villages in the Cotigao sanctuary have not got electricity, road and other amenities since Liberation is extremely damning for the state government. The neglect becomes even more scandalous because the residents are mostly people below poverty line who are the state government’s priority.

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Morally Correct in Iraq

THE US has formally declared the end of its combat mission in Iraq. In history, the US combat engagement in Iraq would always remain disputed for its moral correctness: some would say the world was left with no other option to remove Saddam Hussein and dismantle his autocratic system in order to create ground for a parliamentary democracy to thrive in the country;

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Peace Not War
THE article, ‘Iraq free to chart its own course: Obama’ (NT, August 29) was welcome news indeed. This news will be even more welcomed by the near and dear ones of the troops sanctioned in Iraq. But who will clear the mess and rebuild Iraq.

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Fall of CPM and Rise of Mamata

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

THAT the Communist Party of India (Marxist) dreaded the most in West Bengal, its bastion for 33 years, has happened. Trinamool Congress Party leader, Ms Mamata Banerjee held a well-attended rally at Lalgarh in the Jangalmahal region bordering Jharkhand, enlisted the support of the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), and announced the end of Left "hegemony".

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Truly Green

WHILE agriculture is dying in the state, the Goa State Horticulture Corporation’s procurement scheme for locally grown vegetables provides a ray of hope. Goa is the only state where there is a government procurement scheme for vegetables.

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