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Caste: Antithesis of Democracy

BY KULDIP NAYAR
ALMOST the first task that Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru undertook after winning independence was to abolish caste. All government records, registers and application forms deleted the column of caste.

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It’s not Maoism, Comrades

THE killing of 40 civilians/special police officers in Dantewada could be called anything but revolutionary. Even Mao at no stage, and never Karl Marx or Lenin, ever wanted revolutionaries to carry out senseless violence.

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Hindu or Muslim

THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) finally on Monday filed the chargesheet against eleven Sanatan Sanstha members in the Diwali-eve bomb blast that took place in Margao.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

RECENTLY, the Union Sports Ministry has formulated a new framework regulating the functioning of the various sports bodies in India. The new framework stipulates fixed tenure for the heads of these bodies.

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Soft CBI as Mayawati’s Reward

BY INDRANIL BANERJEA
IF there is one thing the average Hindu would want to feel proud of, it is that he is not intolerant. Think of this: The ruling party is today headed by an Italian-born Roman Catholic who runs the country.

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Driving Children to the Brink

THE report of four students in south Goa committing suicide during the last four months due to their inability to cope with academic pressure is depressing. In Cuncolim, cases of youth in 15-24 age group taking their lives are growing.

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Mamata’s Inhuman Excuse

THE Railway Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee has ordered a high-level inquiry into the stampede at the New Delhi station which claimed two lives but not before blaming it on the passengers.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Lessons from UK Coalition
THE recent formation of the coalition government in the UK between the Conservatives and the Liberals, and the manner it was conducted was extremely interesting. Both leaders stuck to the core issues of their election manifestos;

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Goa’s Dying Water Bodies-I

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
I KNOW that it doesn’t take rocket science to restore the smooth tidal flow and oxygenation in the Santa Inez creek. But over three years, 1998-2001, all attempts have failed. The State Pollution Control Board washed off its hands by saying that it is only concerned about industrial water pollution.

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Crimes against Tourists

THE state government has decided to take on the problem of crime against tourists seriously. The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat has approached the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court for designating a special court to handle cases pertaining to crimes related to tourists.

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