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India Chasing Delusions of Grandeur

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
A characteristic of India’s ruling elite is its insatiable appetite for symbols of grandeur and obsession with exclusivity. Witness the jubilation over India joining the global Nuclear Club, New Delhi’s smug satisfaction at being invited into the Group of 20, and its tireless effort to get a permanent Security Council seat.

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Mamata’s Maoist Page

MS Mamata Banerjee’s sympathetic stance on Naxalites at her party’s rally at Lalgarh, the Maoist epicenter in West Bengal, has embarrassed the UPA government that has launched Operation Greenhunt to fight Maoists.

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Pricey Idols

GANESH idols made of clay are eco-friendly and would also save marine life. But in Goa the major challenge that the idol makers face is procuring the right type of clay for the idol.

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Threat to Goa University
AS reported in the press, the Sports Minister of Goa, Mr Manohar Azgaonkar has threatened to cut grant to Goa University if it does not implement the sports policy framed by an ad-hoc committee constituted by the state government. Since the minister is a powerful person vis-à-vis the university, he can threaten the university. However, a university has a certain degree of autonomy.

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Autonomy: Right Course for Kashmir

BY KULDIP NAYAR
WHAT is happening in the Valley lends credibility to the Kashmiri diaspora that met at Washington a few days ago to ask for early, peaceful solution to the Kashmir problem. I was one of the participants at the conference which was convened by the Kashmiri-American Council and Association of Humanitarians lawyers.

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An Inhospitable Children’s Home

FIVE inmates escape: this was not for the first time children escaped from government-run Apna Ghar. Every time the authorities would promise to strengthen the infrastructure and provide better facilities to inmates.

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Protecting Whistleblowers

THE Union cabinet on Monday approved the ‘The Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons Making the Disclosure Bill, 2010’ to protect whistleblowers and provide for severe punishment to those exposing the identity of people disclosing information.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Turmoil in J&K
IT was one of the worst clashes in recent times between the protesters, fuelled by the separatist hardliners and the security forces that saw the death of so many people, including a nine-year-old child.

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Hypocrisy of Karat

Only those who are politically naïve would subscribe to what the CPI(M) general secretary, Mr Prakash Karat suggested to the central government: affluent sections and corporate sector should be taxed more to generate sufficient funds for paying the poor and carrying out developmental programmes.

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Fortifying Against Terrorism

In enhanced bilateral relation between India and Bangladesh is a major deterrent for terrorists to use that land against India and naturally it cannot be expected that they would remain passive spectators to Indian endeavour to strengthen the fraternal bond.

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