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National Shrine of Secularism

THE Allahabad High Court’s decision on the Ayodhya dispute is a fine blend of vision and realism. By dividing the 2.7 acres of disputed land equally between the Sunni Central Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhada and Ram Lalla shrine claimants, the three-member bench has tried its best to leave no room for any more contestation.

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Misguided Experiments

The decision of the government to ask the River Princess Hatao Manch (RPHM), a group of villagers from Sinquerim to submit plans for removal of the marooned ship was a sign of desperation.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Safety of Tourists
IT was heartening to read that the coming months will experience a tourist boom in Goa. Tourism is the backbone of the Goan economy and a vast section of the population is dependent on this industry for their livelihood. It would be a flourishing business for hotel owners,

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Kashmir’s Dialogue of the Deaf

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

WELCOME as it was, the Kashmir visit of the all-party, 39-leader delegation wasn’t expected to accomplish much beyond acquainting Indian political leaders with the ground situation. Its handicap was that the delegation didn’t reach, and couldn’t convey, a broad political consensus on Kashmir.

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A Tale of Delayed Justice

There cannot be a more pathetic tale of delayed justice than the now almost forgotten countermanding case which has taken over two decades to come up with a judgement from the JMFC court.

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A Giant Leap

Wednesday was a red letter day for Tembhli, a tribal hamlet in western Maharashtra. Ten villagers received 12-digit unique identification numbers. Mr Nandan Nilekani, former Infosys chairman was selected to head the Unique Identification Authority of India.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

An Education in Etiquette

It is understood that from October 1, private bus conductors will come under the scanner of the Transport department. The conductors will be pulled up for not wearing uniform, non-issuance of tickets and rugged number plates etc.

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Elusive Pluralism in India

BY KULDIP NAYAR

IT was a laudable judgment of the Supreme Court which upheld the right of Indian Muslims to inherit the property that their fathers and forefathers had left behind before migrating to Pakistan.

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Jalkund as Farmers’ New Hope

Necessity is the mother of invention: And it is the need for water that eventually led to the invention of ‘jalkund’, a small tank constructed on hill slopes for irrigation.

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US New Page on Pak

Then it comes to dropping bombs in ‘enemy territory’ the former US President Mr George Bush comes across as ‘button happy’.

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