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Reshaping India’s China Policy

BY LALIT MANSINGH
INDIA doesn’t want that 1962 should be repeated. Though there is no immediate threat of a shooting war, the possibility of a Chinese attack on India can’t be ruled out altogether.

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Forward with Nuclear Bill

FINALLY, with safeguards the Lok Sabha passed the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010 on Wednesday. Even the CPI(M), which had pulled out of the UPA-I government opposing the signing of the Indo-US nuclear deal, did not oppose the bill, notwithstanding the threat of its general secretary, Mr Prakash Karat earlier during the day to do so: “we would oppose it both in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as it compromises on the citizens’ right to life and health.” 

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For a Fair Probe

WHY doesn’t the Home Minister, Mr Ravi Naik hand the probe into the police-drug peddler nexus to the CBI when even the ad hoc House Committee on Home recommended it? The monsoon session of the Assembly witnessed persistent opposition demand for a CBI probe into the affair.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Partial to Male
I WRITE heart-broken after reading the news item on August 10 about the summary execution of a 35-year old Afghan widow by the Taliban in Afghanistan by shooting her in the head thrice, after flogging her 200 times (which must have skinned her alive!) on the charge that she had an affair and got pregnant.

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Need for Sustainable Mining Policy

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

THEN the British coined the term "juggernaut" (a distortion of Jagannath, Lord of the famous temple in Puri in Orissa), they captured the metaphor of the havoc the yatra chariot can sometimes cause. But they couldn’t have known that the word would literally apply to Orissa, which is threatened as never before by reckless extraction of natural resources.

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Indian At Last

The national chess icon Viswanathan Anand couldn’t lose sleep over denial of an honorary doctorate. He has already put the controversy over his nationality behind him with a simple but cryptic remark: "I don't feel that I am in a country which is trying to genuinely humiliate me."

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Karnataka’s Faux Pas

Karnataka’s move to review its decision to ban transportation of and export of iron ore should not be viewed as magnanimity. Only last week the Union Minister, Mr B K Handique has questioned the efficacy of ban to check illegal mining maintaining that regulation on import and exports was a central subject and state has no authority over it.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Echoes of Fanaticism

I STRONGLY condemn the remarks of the Hyderabad Congress MP, Mr Hanumanta Rao that "those who read the Bible are unfit and useless for politics. They must remain at home and read the Bible. What they know about politics."

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