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Overcoming Mutual Distrust

BY KULDIP NAYAR
ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Devika has not yet rec onciled to what happened to her on November 26, 2008. She was hit by a bullet and lost her right leg while waiting at a bus terminus. That the gunman Mohammad Ajmal Kasab has been found guilty is her personal and emotive issue.

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Issues about Open School

THE Kamat committee’s recommendation to set up a state open school should be appreciated but its suggestion to make it an arm of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education needs to take into account other factors.

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An Immature Jairam

THE Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh deserves denunciation for ‘criticising’ his own government’s attitude toward Chinese investments during his visit to China. Mr Ramesh, who normally comes off as a restrained, polished politician appears to have lost his cool in his personal envy with Mr P Chidambaram.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Politics of UP
POLITICALLY speaking, Ms Mayawati’s decision to expel party leaders, workers with criminal antecedents is a well calibrated move. It may be hailed by her protagonists as a gutsy decision but it is an execution of a well-devised political plan.

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Building Up on Thimpu Start

BY MONISH TOURANGBAM
AFTER much media speculation, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani did finally meet on the sidelines of the 16th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Thimpu, Bhutan.

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Political Use of Census

THE national Census of India does not recognise racial or ethnic groups within India, but accepts the existence of caste groups like Scheduled Castes and Tribes. However Free India would have its first caste-based census in 2011 with the UPA government bowing to pressure from the OBC lobby.

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Rot in Higher Education

INSTITUTIONS of higher learning in India are plagued by corruption. It is indeed shocking that in times when the thrust has been on expanding and strengthening higher education in India, the institutions entrusted with the task have miserably failed in carry out the responsibility.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Student Suicides-I
THE unfortunate death of a 16-year-old student recently, who allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself reportedly because he failed his exams, should open our eyes to the psychological needs of the young who are under a lot of stress.

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Mockery of Panchayat Raj System-III

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT
WHAT are the immediate and long term consequences of paralysing the panchayat raj system? The immediate consequences are seen everyday–whether it is breaching of bundhs, flooding of farms, emergence of Chikungunya, controversy about alignment of the bridge over Sal river, the pollution of Colva creek or the illegal alluvial sand mining at Capao, Sao Matias and near Amona-Khandola bridge.

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Systemic Failure

A DAY after eight paramilitary troopers were killed by Maoists in a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh, almost an equal number of Maoists were killed in Orissa by the Special Operation Group.

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