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Loyalty as Eligibility For Important Chairs

The students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) continue to protest the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the institute chairman, and people will sympathize with their resistance. Chauhan has no credentials as a film worker: all he has to show was his acting role as Yudhisthir in B R Chopra’s Mahabharat on television in the ‘80s and …

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No Tolerance For Criticism

Journalists in Uttar Pradesh, as in other states, live in perennial threat of attack from politicians who want no reporting or commentary adverse to their interests to appear in the media. The latest victim was Jagendra Singh of Shahjahanpur,

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Clean Goa’s Rivers

Traditional fishermen in Agassaim are getting garbage instead of fish in their nets they cast near the shore of the Zuari. Can there be a more tell-tale story of pollution of rivers in the state? By technical standards most rivers in the state might not have been polluted beyond ‘permissible limits’.

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Against India’s Interest

WHY did External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj convey to the UK government that she had no objection to them granting travel documents to Lalit Modi, the kingpin of the biggest IPL scam, to enable him to fly to Portugal? Lalit Modi fled India when the IPL betting scam broke out and has been staying in the UK since then. He …

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Government’s Wrong

Posture on Yoga WORSHIP of the sun is an old Indian way of expressing gratitude and paying respect to the source of all forms of life on the planet. Even the ancient Greeks worshipped the sun. ‘Surya namaskar’ (Salutation to Sun) was adopted as a posture in yoga with the aim of relating to the Sun God.

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Prison to Tomar, Immunity to Irani

ARE there different sets of laws for different people? An inebriated Bollywood star drives his car over homeless people sleeping on the footpath and is convicted and sentenced to five years in jail. But he hasn’t been put in prison.

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Answer Objections Of Tiracol People

MUCH like several other major projects in Goa, the Tiracol golf course project has attracted opposition from social activists. As the government is not only the facilitator of development but also a protector of the livelihoods of Goan people, they must revisit all the issues raised by the social activists. A fine distinction must be made however between the interests …

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First Bugle for Battle for Bihar

THE first bugle announcing the beginning of the battle for Bihar has been sounded: Nitish Kumar has been declared the chief minister candidate by the united front of the Janata Dal (U), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress, NCP and others for the Assembly elections later this year. These parties have come together with the objective of stopping the BJP coming to …

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Daydream of MGP Leaders

ALTHOUGH both the BJP and MGP deny this, scepticism is growing whether the two will go into the 2017 Assembly elections as allies. The elections are two years away, but all parties have already begun preparing for it, the MGP looking like the most earnest of them. Many in the BJP are not happy with it as the MGP has …

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Modi and Hasina on Common Sea

INDIA and Bangladesh have broken new grounds during the Modi visit. The understanding was borne out of the necessity for both countries to give top priority to their economic development. If India agreed to allow Bangladesh to use its territory to access markets in Nepal and Bhutan, Bangladesh agreed to allow Indian cargo vessels to use its Chittagong and Mongla …

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