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Sorry State of Indian Democracy

BY INDER MALHOTRA

FROM the late 1960s until well after Indira Gandhi’s assassination India was in the grip of grave polarisation focusing on her personality. Since then polarisation has subsided and recurred several times.

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Flawed Security Measure

Nearly two years after Shimnit Utsch got the green signal to manufacture and sell high security registration plates (HSRP) in the state, the government, on Thursday, announced that the agreement was terminated.

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Embarrassing Defence

The distance the Centre is willing to travel to defend its position on the appointment of Mr P J Thomas as Chief Vigilance Commissioner is quite embarrassing, to say the least. On Thursday Attorney General, Mr G E Vahanvati told the Supreme Court that the high-powered committee which selected Mr Thomas was not informed about the chargesheet (palmolein case) filed against him.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Tax Relief for Common Man

THE financial year 2010-11 has been particularly hard on the ‘aam admi’ and senior citizens with no let-up in inflation of food items and essential commodities. So, as we approach the end of this dismal year, it is hoped that the budget session scheduled for February will bring some relief by way of tax benefits promised earlier by the Finance Minister.

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Challenges that Confront Indian Republic

By Rajdeep Sardesai
ON Republic Day eve, the five top news headlines perhaps reflected the state of the nation. The first was the tragic story of the Malegaon additional collector, Yeshwant Sonawane, burnt alive by the oil mafia while checking kerosene theft.

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Far from Destination

THE Governor, Dr S S Sidhu’s call to formulate a state-level action plan for protection and conservation of the environment is an exhortation that can end up either way: as a platitude or a real plan of action.

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Invitation to BJP

IT is quite clear that the real intention of the Bharatiya Janata Party in unfurling the tri-colour in Lal Chowk, Srinagar was not to promote peace and harmony but its own narrow agenda.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Poor Service at Passport Office
ON January 12, I visited the Regional Passport Office, Patto Plaza, Panaji to apply for a passport for my children. On reaching there, I was astonished to see that there was only one counter operating for collection of applications, and one counter for fees collection, while the queue of people waiting in the small office to submit their applications was endless.

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Relevance of RSS Ideology

BY V Y KANTAK
WITH the revelations about the involvement of its past and present cadre in terrorist activities, the RSS has suddenly sharpened its attack on the Congress.

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