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The Mirage of Muslim Reservation

BY FIROZ BAKHT AHMED

DIVISIVE reservations based on gender, social status and religion as according to the Andhra Pradesh High Court, rather than helping, will only make matters worse rather than redressing the wrongs meted out to the said sections of society.

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Object of the Case

The investigating and prosecuting agencies of the central government have every right to pursue cases against the BJP leaders, Mr Lal Krishna Advani and Mr Narendra Modi or leaders of other parties in the opposition, but they should also with equal determination pursue cases against leaders of parties that support the Queen Bee of the UPA coalition, the Congress party.

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For Pleasure of Sonia

Amitabh Bachchan has landed himself in controversy once again. This time, for sharing dais with the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Ashok Chavan at the inauguration of Northern Carriageway of the Bandra-Worli Sealink on March 24.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Saving our Planet

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THE Catholic Church in Mumbai has taken up the ‘green cause’ by dedicating this year to issues concerning the environment. It is imperative that all religions adopt similar measures, for as the Roman pontiff has rightly said, "In order to protect peace, we must protect creation".

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Blunder on Land Revenue Income

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
IT is a decision which has gone without much notice and analysis probably because very few people have time and priority to scrutinise the budget papers in depth. There was no political will to take up this issue but the government was concerned about mounting public debt, audit objections and juridical intervention.

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The Rajasthan Model

THE Government of Goa has decided to take on the crime against foreign tourists. The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat’s promise to try such crimes on day-to-day basis comes with government seeking cooperation of the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court in this regard.

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Homeless Politicians

IT is disgraceful that our politicians are out to grab the houses built for poor slum dwellers under the centrally-sponsored Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme. If the reports emanating from Srinagar are to be believed, the politician and contractor nexus in Jammu and Kashmir is deeply involved in this scam.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Artificially Ripened Mangoes
THOUGH the mango season is well and truly on, it must be said that the fruits available in the market are beyond the reach of the common man because of its prohibitive prices.

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Attracting People to Farms

IT is encouraging to see the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat giving top priority to agriculture in his budget speech and enhancing the budgetary outlay to Rs 46.22 crore for this year from Rs 18.62 crore of the previous financial year, a net increase of 148 per cent.

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