Saturday , 23 March 2019
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The Development Side

Setting up a unified command structure to launch a coordinated security offensive against Maoists is certainly not the correct approach. The creation of a unified command, which was announced today after the meeting of the seven chief ministers of the naxalite-active states with the Prime Minister,

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Need for US Afghan Presence

BY KULDIP NAYAR 
BEFORE the entry of the Soviet forces into Afghanistan on Christmas Day in 1979, I used to visit Kabul regularly. I found President Mohammed Daud in the sixties, a fatherly figure who had no idea of what was happening in his country.

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BJP Integrity on Trial

GOVERNORS often make inane remarks against their governments, if any, but the observation of the Karnataka governor, Mr H K Bharadwaj on Tuesday that corrupt ministers in the state should not be allowed to continue in office and nobody can be given licence to do corruption is virtual indictment of his own government.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Honour Killings a Disgrace
APROPOS the editorial, “Kangaroo Court” (NT, July 5), by sanctifying the murder of one’s own relations (who dare to marry outside the caste or in the same gotra), in order to save the “honour” of family or clan; the sponsors of “honour killings” are simply bringing dishonour on the country.

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Complexity of the Maoist Problem

By Fred Burton and Ben West
Increasing naxal violence in the country corresponds with India’s economic growth, and this is not coincidental. India has experienced a boom in economic growth over the past 20 years that has seen per capita income rise roughly 100 per cent. By comparison, it took India 40 years to complete its last doubling of per capita income.

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Gains unto Losses

THE observation of the Army Chief, Gen V K Singh that we failed to “initiate bold and far-sighted political steps to consolidate hard-earned gains” in the battle against militancy in Jammu and Kashmir makes a sad commentary on the Manmohan Singh government in Delhi as well as the Omar Abdullah government in the trouble-torn state.

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Sustaining KTC

For the Kadamba Transport Corporation, the inter-state bus operation has not been a significant profit earning proposition, and this is the reason why the KTC has refrained from adding more buses to its present fleet.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Land for Kabrastan-I
THIS is in reference to the letter, ‘Use Existing Land for Kabrastan’ by Mr Luis Fernandes (NT, July 9). The writer may be aware that, by and large, Muslims constitute over one-fourth of the world’s total population and Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world!

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