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Emerging New Labour Unrests

BY P RAMAN

THEN reports appeared about widespread labour unrest and disruption of work at MNC factories in China, some of us had seen it as the beginning of the end of the China miracle. What we had overlooked was that this is a development process equally applicable to India, Asia’s other awakening giant.

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Care for Kashmiris

THE rejection by separatist leaders of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s overture for political autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir "within the ambit" of the Constitution has not come as a surprise.

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Promoting Research

WITHIN a year of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarding "B" grade to Goa University comes the news that the UGC has given a grant of Rs 15 crore to the university for developing infrastructure and undertaking research.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Separate Politics from Governance

NOTHING can improve in this country till politics and governance are distinctly separated which can be best done by making it a rule that no minister (rather an elected representative) may be allowed to hold any other post in government, party or even in a private organisation.

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India Chasing Delusions of Grandeur

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
A characteristic of India’s ruling elite is its insatiable appetite for symbols of grandeur and obsession with exclusivity. Witness the jubilation over India joining the global Nuclear Club, New Delhi’s smug satisfaction at being invited into the Group of 20, and its tireless effort to get a permanent Security Council seat.

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Mamata’s Maoist Page

MS Mamata Banerjee’s sympathetic stance on Naxalites at her party’s rally at Lalgarh, the Maoist epicenter in West Bengal, has embarrassed the UPA government that has launched Operation Greenhunt to fight Maoists.

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Pricey Idols

GANESH idols made of clay are eco-friendly and would also save marine life. But in Goa the major challenge that the idol makers face is procuring the right type of clay for the idol.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Threat to Goa University
AS reported in the press, the Sports Minister of Goa, Mr Manohar Azgaonkar has threatened to cut grant to Goa University if it does not implement the sports policy framed by an ad-hoc committee constituted by the state government. Since the minister is a powerful person vis-à-vis the university, he can threaten the university. However, a university has a certain degree of autonomy.

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Autonomy: Right Course for Kashmir

BY KULDIP NAYAR
WHAT is happening in the Valley lends credibility to the Kashmiri diaspora that met at Washington a few days ago to ask for early, peaceful solution to the Kashmir problem. I was one of the participants at the conference which was convened by the Kashmiri-American Council and Association of Humanitarians lawyers.

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An Inhospitable Children’s Home

FIVE inmates escape: this was not for the first time children escaped from government-run Apna Ghar. Every time the authorities would promise to strengthen the infrastructure and provide better facilities to inmates.

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