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Congress: Tied in a String of Scams

BY INDER MALHOTRA
NEVER before has my homecoming, after a short or long absence overseas, been as deeply depressing as now. The only exception to this was on the bleak morning of November 2, 1984 when, cutting short a foreign assignment, I had hurried home in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the anti-Sikh riots that followed.

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Out of Picture

THE announcement by the Manmohan Singh government of appointment of a one-man committee of the retired Supreme Court justice Mr Shivaraj V Patil to probe the alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G Spectrum since 2001, a period encompassing the NDA regime, is doubtlessly politically motivated.

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Improving Indo-China Relations

BY K Raghunathan
The Chinese Premier, Mr Wen Jiabao’s forthcoming India visit on December 16-17 is the strategic flavour of the month. The visit comes soon after the visit of the Presidents of the US and France to India. Reports indicate that Mr Wen Jiabao will visit Pakistan after finishing his New Delhi trip.

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Burst of Anger

Twenty-eight year old Swapnesh Xeldekar will be mourned by his family for years to come, but for the government his death, under the wheels of a mine truck near  Curchorem is just another statistic. Xeldekar is another citizen in a long list to fall victim to accidents involving ore-carrying trucks.

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Chidambaram’s Posturing

The comment of the Union Home Minister Mr P Chidambaram that the Uttar Pradesh government did not act on a ‘specific’ advisory about a terrorist attack in and around Dasashwamedh Ghat is reminiscent of the buck-passing that occurred after the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Burglaries in Goa
With the innumerable burglaries in Goa, it seems that this is the latest occupation in the making in Goa. If the Home Minister wants to be true to his words, he should work hard to get the police working round the clock with their guns! Seems our tiny state of Goa is a land of the free! So free that one can break through the law and order.

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Why Nitish Magic Worked in Bihar

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
BY winning 206 of the 243 seats in the Bihar Assembly, Mr Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition has made history. The landslide has reduced the flamboyant Laloo Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal to 22 seats and the Congress to a pathetic four seats, its lowest-ever Bihar score.

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Masculinization of Goa

Reports of a drop in the number of females to males in the state come as a shock. That a forward looking state, with a high level of literacy, a formidable development index and the highest per capita income in the country can fall victim to sex discrimination is a humbling fact.

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