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Exercise in Futility
IT appears that the performance of the traffic police in Goa is judged only by the revenue it deposits in the government treasury at the end of any special drive conducted against vehicles violating traffic safety rules.

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India’s Role in Calamity-Hit Pak

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

IT’S impossible not to be moved by the human misery and devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan. An area the size of England is submerged. Twenty million people are affected–even more than by the 2004 tsunami in Asia.

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Ray of Hope in Jharkhand

THE life which seemed to have gone out of the body politic of Jharkhand seems to be showing signs of coming back, with a fresh deal between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).

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Character Building

DOMESTIC violence is prevalent in Goa and according to a report based on the observations of some State Women’s Commission members carried in this newspaper, both among the educated middle classes as well as less educated and lower-income classes.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

An Insolent UPA

CHECKS and balances constitute the foundation of democracy. These internal controls ensure accountability of the government, so that the government may not run amok. However for the present central government, these internal control mechanisms seem to be a hindrance.

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Behind Rahul’s Pro-People Persona

BY KULDIP NAYAR
SOME 80,000 farmers thronged near Parliament House in New Delhi last week to protest against the paltry compensation paid by the Indian government for the land it took over in “public interest.” An act as old as 1847, empowers the state to acquire land in dire eventuality.

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A Trouble of Kashmiri Origin

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s comment to a group of editors on Monday that his government was “groping for a solution” is a public admission of the UPA regime’s failure to establish peace in the troubled Kashmir valley—nay, its inability to do that in the near future.

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Unusual Tactics

THE release of the three policemen held hostage by Maoists at Lakhisarai in Bihar goes to show that it is possible to engage armed radical organisations without resorting to guns.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Politics of Hate
CLOSE on the heels of the anti-Christian remarks by BJP MLA, Mr Prahlad Remani in Belgaum calling for the weeding out of Christianity and the spread of the seeds left behind by the British before leaving India, comes another salvo from Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh, Mr Hanumantha Rao.

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Congress Future in Balance

BY KEDAR NATH PANDEY
IT was said of Indira Gandhi that “she was the only man in the cabinet”. By euphemism it can be implied that her daughter-in-law, Ms Sonia Gandhi is the only “true Congressman”.

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