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Let Novices Learn The Ropes  AS Narendra Modi begins his second innings at the Centre, we should reflect on his cabinet formation. What assumes importance is that the capabilities and efficiency of the MPs chosen for honours score over ‘political compulsions’. Too many ‘accommodations’ to placate the allies have been the undoing of many a coalition in the past. Moreover, …

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Congress Ideological Boat Is Adrift

AMULYA GANGULI AN electoral face-off between a religious/nationalist party and a gaggle of vaguely Left-Liberal outfits is almost always an unequal contest as the scales are invariably tilted in favour of the former. For the “bleeding heart” liberals, which is how they are mocked by their opponents, it is extremely difficult to counter the emotive appeal of faith and love …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dangerous Curve At Ponda Temple  THE curve  near Shree Kapileshwar temple at Kapileshwari in Ponda taluka has become a deathtrap. There are neither traffic signboards nor speed-breakers at this spot, which encourages motorists to drive recklessly. Devotees visiting the famous temple find it hugely difficult to cross the road. Senior citizens and women are at the receiving end of  the …

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Modi Must Uphold Tenets Of Constitution

SUDARSHAN IYENGAR THERE is an old saying in Sanskrit: “as the King so are the people”. In a democracy, the reverse is also true. As the people, so is the king. So, the people have got the king they deserve again in 2019. Indian democracy is comparatively young. Hence, the commoners still believe that the country should be ruled by …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Bring In Game Changer Bills THE people of India have given  a clear mandate to the BJP, which  can now bring in reform bills. The new NDA government should push for reform  bills, including on the abolition of Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution, implementation of  two-child norm for a family, women reservation, simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha …

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How Centre Can Improve State Finances

R K PATTNAIK & JAGDISH RATTANANI THE new NDA government will take charge in the last week of May 2019. The immediate task before the government is to prepare and present the Union budget. The budget exercise will be against the backdrop of a sub-par 4 per cent inflation rate, a growth rate of a little higher than 7 per …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dynastic Politics Is Overhyped The general feeling is that voters are against dynastic politics and may not be in favour of the siblings of established politicians taking up the mantle from their well-known parents. This however could just be a hype. The average voter is more concerned about more pressing issues like unemployment, price rise, security for women, farmers’ woes, …

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Trade War Has No Winners

The US has increased import duty from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on almost $200 billion of Chinese imports AJIT RANADE AFTER the exit polls on May 19 predicted a landslide victory for the National Democratic Alliance, the stock market in Mumbai gave a euphoric salute, and the index broke its previous record. But across the Asia Pacific, …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Solving Sabarimala Issue Now that the BJP government has come to power at the Centre, Sabarimala issue is surely going to be solved taking into account of the assurances given by the Prime Minister during his electioneering for the just concluded Lok Sabha Polls. It is a hot burning issue by all means, and the LDF government in the state …

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Goa Staring At Drought And Flash Floods

Nandkumar M Kamat The model code of conduct (MCC) may be over. There is a government in Goa but people feel no governance. The senior officers are neither accessible, approachable or sensitive and responsive to public suggestions for doing public good. Most of them are never seen in the field interacting directly with the people. They seem to be pleased …

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