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Looking Beyond 2019: Odds Before Congress

SAEED NAQVI   IT is true that there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends in politics. But this Machiavellian law is clearly not applicable when a coalition of parties is in the midst of an existential battle.

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Making Sense Of Differing Opinion Polls

AMIT KAPOOR THE Indian elections that kicked off on April 11 are a democratic exercise the likes of which the world has never seen. In the world’s largest democratic practice, around 900 million voters – more than the combined population of all the European countries – across 543 constituencies will cast their votes to decide the fate of political parties. …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Transparency Is The Casualty IT is emphasised that every citizen has a right to vote, but every time there is such an occasion, many citizens cannot vote as they find their names not on/removed from the list in spite of holding an EPIC card. A programme on television discussing this issue had a lawyer advising the action of exercising a …

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Soldier’s Death As Election Plank

KAJAL CHATTERJEE, KOLKATA PRIME Minister Narendra Modi asks: “If farmers die then it is an election issue, but when soldiers die then it is not an election issue. How can that be?” Modi is absolutely right in pointing out this hypocrisy. Indeed if death, suicide, abject conditions of the farmers merit as an election issue zealously pointing fingers of accusation …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Experiment With ‘Lateral Entry’ IN June 2018, the NDA government had announced its decision to recruit private sector personnel to the joint secretaries’ post in some key ministries of the Union government.

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Relook At Jallianwala Bagh Bloodbath

ANUSHKA JAGTIANI APRIL 13 is a dark day in India’s colonial history. This year, it marked the 100th anniversary of the brutal Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, where Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on thousands of unarmed Indians,

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Out Of Tune With Church Teachings THIS is with reference to the news report ‘BJP complains to CEO against priest’s hate speech’ (NT, April 15, 2019). The views expressed by the parish priest of a church in Goa are simply shocking and are not in consonance with the teachings of the Church which has always taught and continues to teach that …

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Low Food Inflation Disadvantages Farmers

AJIT RANADE THE latest data for March shows the inflation rate to be 2.86 per cent. The average inflation during the last fiscal year which ended in March is about 3.5 per cent. This has been a remarkable success story, the credit for which should go jointly to the Reserve Bank of India and the NDA government. It was just …

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Candidates May Win On Their Own Merit

Nandkumar M Kamat GOA’S people feel cheated once again because they know that none of the political party or candidate is serious in presenting to them a time-bound action plan for devolution of powers under the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Curbs On Electoral Bonds Were Long Overdue THE recent interim order by Supreme Court related to the source of funding for elections through electoral bonds as issued to the political stakeholders comes as a very late move at the eleventh hour.

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