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Say No To Trump On Dairy Imports

JAGDISH RATTANANI Amid reports that the visit of US President Donald Trump will be an occasion to ask India to open itself to dairy (and poultry) imports from the US, it is good to look at the global and notably the US dairy industry and its practices. The US has had a thriving dairy industry that traditionally focused on its …

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Modi Regime Firmly On Democratic Path

The CAA, passed by Parliament, has been clutched at by anti-Modi forces to present it as evidence of the regime’s pro-Hindu, anti-minority and ‘ultra- nationalistic’ disposition D C PATHAK Politics, nationhood and governance are all about people – theories of these concepts are however, drowning the reality of their substance in a sea of words. ‘Right is the new centre’, …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Guarantee Card We citizens are all too familiar with the manifestos brought out by the various political parties during the elections.  However, most of these party manifestos appear to have one thing in common – after a particular party wins the election, the party manifesto is forgotten all together. The Aam Admi Party (AAP) has come up with a …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Govt Of Thoughtless Decisions THE string of reversal of orders and circulars issued by the government only exposes misgovernance in the state. The knee-jerk decisions made by the government without careful thought, consultation with experts or due process is symptomatic of the further erosion of governance. Good governance has been lacking for quite some time, but sadly things are rapidly …

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Iran Votes In Times Of Ultranationalism

The large-scale disqualification of reformist candidates led to public disinterest in the polls SHUBHA SINGH THE parliamentary elections in Iran are likely to elect a hardline Parliament. The country went to the polls on Friday to choose a new Majlis. With an economy battered by renewed American sanctions and US President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy, Iran will turn more …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

On Glorification Of Shivaji SPEAKING at a function held on Wednesday for the Shivjayanti celebration at Farmagudi Fort, Ponda, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant praised and drew his own conclusions with regards to Maratha warrior Shivaji’s life and his contribution towards the wellbeing of Goa. Sawant claimed that if Shivaji had successfully freed Goa from the colonial Portuguese rule during the …

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Petty Politics On Parade

JOSE MARIA MIRANDA, MARGAO THE tussle going on between the state government and civic bodies in Panaji and Margao over the Carnival parade route is turning very interesting. In Panaji, the CCP is insisting in having the parade through the old route, despite the police’s disapproval on the ground of  congestion in the city. In Margao, though the MMC wants …

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Lessons For India From Oz’s Wildlife Holocaust

ASEEM SHRIVASTAVA THE Australian inferno is a signpost to the future ecology of the earth. Almost three quarters of the country’s landmass is classified as ‘arid’, ‘semi-arid’ or ‘desert’. After the ongoing climate fires, this proportion may become dangerously bigger, given that an area larger than Uttarakhand, along the country’s relatively habitable, densely populated south-east coast, has already burned down …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Double Standards In Polity THERE are innumerable Bollywood stars and politicians who utter obscenities, yet get worshipped by billion of Indians or liberally voted to power. Uttering the four-letter word has become the ‘in-thing’ in Indian  society with the utterer gaining more and more popularity and also hailed as ‘modern’ or ‘bold’! But when Bengali actor and  politician Tapas Paul, …

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Love, Protect Your Mother Tongue

GANAPATHI  BHAT, AKOLA IT is said  that there are about 7,000 spoken languages in the world, although ambiguities abound on the number of ‘living’ and  ‘dead’ languages. Every individual prides on his/her language because it defines the  cultural identity of a person.  Preservation, promotion and protection of languages are part of national heritage. Sadly, only 60  per cent of the …

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