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BJP'S uphill battle in left bastion Tripura
Saffron's may not finally succeed
By Amulya Ganguli
The enormous effort which the BJP has put in for what many will regard as a lost cause, viz. that of winning the Tripura elections, holds a lesson for other parties. In fact, the prime minister might have mentioned his party's determined chase of a seemingly unattainable goal in the northeastern state during his recent interaction with students on how to approach an examination. The BJP's strenuous endeavours show a willingness to work hard if only to prepare the ground for future gains, although there may not be any immediate advantages. True, the BJP's resources enable it to invest in apparently unviable projects which many other parties cannot afford to do. It also has the advantage of having in Narendra Modi an orator who is capable of drawing crowds almost anywhere, a luxury not enj...
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Make the Unknown, Known Today..!
By Robert Clements
I was at a dinner the other day when the speaker a small dapper billionaire, who had built up an empire, spoke at length about his humble leggings. "I owe my success," he said to my mother, who was just a municipal teacher. But she though widowed in her early years, taught me courage, and instilled in me values that made me ail for the stars! I wish that mother had been there to hear those words. So often, I have heard women tell me how frustrated they are, because they could not continue in there careers. "I would have been a brilliant cardiac surgeon," said one, "but with my small children, I have to give less time to my career." "I would have been a research scientists," said another, "but had to settle for a teacher's post, to be able to be at home before my child returned from sch...
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Amateur Hour in the Middle East
By Gwynne Dyer
On Sunday it was revealed that the Syrian army has made a deal to help the Syrian Kurds (who are technically rebels) fight off the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a chunk of Syrian territory on the north-western border with Turkey that has been held by the Kurds since 2012. And the Russians are allegedly brokering this new anti-Turkish alliance, even though they recently gave the Turks a green light for that invasion (or at least that was what the Turks thought they were getting). The United States, which armed and supported those same Syrian Kurds because it needed them to fight Islamic State, announced three weeks ago that it would be training a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led force to patrol the borders of the large part of north-eastern Syria that has been liberated from IS. But when Turkey ...
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The Magic World of Books..!
By Robert Clements
Many years ago a close friend pointed out the doors of a cinema hall to me and said, "When you enter those doors Bob, lose yourself to a world of fantasy!" I would say the same when you open the covers of a book, "Lose yourself to the authors imagination!" Let him or her, take you from the first sentence, to Timbuctoo, Mars or the moon. Just fasten your seat belt and don't fall off! Many do. Yes, many fall off a book, because they entered it's covers with wrong intentions: Some, with the idea of studying the authors style, his command over language. Some bought the book, to improve their own vocabulary, some to be able to write like the author. And sooner or later, they fall off, the book is kept aside, never to be opened again. Read, dear friend to lose yourself in it. Words, those twe...
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Lurking Spectre of Fascism
By Vijay Kumar
All the newspapers in their February 4, Sunday edition carried a news item in respect of the release of a book under the caption 'Examination Barrier-25 Mantras for tackling the stress of Examination' penned down by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. On the face of it, this event seems innocuous and perfectly routine. But on deeper scrutiny, the event gives rise to serious concern. The educational attainment of Modi is hardly known to anybody. Despite the dogged pursuit of RTI queries, nobody has succeeded in eliciting even an iota of information about the educational qualification of Modi. The Prime Minister is neither a psychologist nor an educational expert, who can offer tips to students to cope up with the stress inherent in the very process of examinations. The writing of the book ...
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An Encounter..!
By Robert Clements
Since there have been quite a few questions asked about encounter killings the local village police chief called me over for an informal chat, "Whenever we do something right we are criticized," said the chief, offering me my mandatory plate of batata vada and chutney from the police canteen downstairs, "we have now perfected the art of the encounter and the media should be appreciative." I ate my batata vada in silence. "Have you noticed that none of our policemen ever get injured in an encounter?" he asked suddenly as I bit into a chilly and looked at him with tears in my eyes. " This is because you the tax payer have invested heavily into each policeman and we do not want to waste your money!" I nodded and reached out for the glass of water to take away the effects of the chilly, " ...
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Bank frauds puncture Modi's no-scam claims
Congress, BJP cannot pass on the buck to each other
By K. Raveendran
Congress and the BJP are playing hide and seek with the people of India by blaming each other for the massive banking fraud by Nirav Modi, the diamond dealer to the world's glitterati. Originally estimated to cost Rs 12,300 crore, the value of the plunder is now scaled up to Rs 30,000 crore. The BJP has added it to the infamous UPA scam list, and is even claiming credit for the 'alertness of the banking system introduced by the Narendra Modi government', which according to the party unearthed the fraud. NDA ministers have fished out a 2013 letter written by one of the then directors of Allahabad Bank, complaining to the Reserve Bank and the then finance secretary against granting loans to Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. Not to be undone by the charge of political complicity, Congre...
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Backward Class Country..!
By Robert Clements
With so many advantages for the backward classes in India, many forward class citizens are trying to certify themselves as backward and the day is coming when the whole nation may be known as backward! The philosopher cum astrologer cum godman rubbed his hands with glee and ghee while smiling at his enlightened following. "This new move on the part of the elitist forward bloc to step back and become part of the great Indian backward castes will show the rest of the world our truly ancient laid back culture. They will know we are a great people. Instead of wasting time and effort like them, striving stupidly to gain entry into Fortune 500, we want only recognition as poor and down trodden. Instead of showing off, showing the world we are super superior powers we proudly claim our backward...
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India-Pakistan tensions escalate
By A.G. Noorani
THE current stand-off between India and Pakistan is highly troublesome, and needs to be stopped - at once. For, it is accompanied by gruesome violations of the ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir as well as the International Working Border. The language used in the verbal spat itself is menacing enough. Things can get out of hand. On Feb 12, India's Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "I wouldn't certainly set a timeline [for action against Pakistan]. But will say this; Pakistan will pay for this misadventure. I repeat; Pakistan will pay for it." She was referring to a militant attack two days prior at the Sunjuwan military station in Jammu, in which five soldiers and one civilian were killed, and 11 persons including an army major were injured. The very next day, Pakista...
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The Magic World of Books..!
By Robert Clements
Many years ago a close friend pointed out the doors of a cinema hall to me and said, “When you enter those doors Bob, lose yourself to a world of fantasy!” I would say the same when you open the covers of a book, “Lose yourself to the authors imagination!” Let him or her, take you from the first sentence, to Timbuctoo, Mars or the moon. Just fasten your seat belt and don’t fall off! Many do. Yes, many fall off a book, because they entered it’s covers with wrong intentions: Some, with the idea of studying the authors style, his command over language. Some bought the book, to improve their own vocabulary, some to be able to write like the author. And sooner or later, they fall off, the book is kept aside, never to be opened again. Read, dear friend to lose yourself in it. Words, those twe...
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BJP distorts facts in rewriting history
By Satish Misra
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention during the debate on the motion of thanks on the presidential address to the joint sitting of the budget session in the two house of Parliament on Thursday-February 7- was very combative and challenging. Modi accused the Congress for many failures and also faulted the country's oldest party for being responsible for the partition of India in 1947 and allowing Pakistan to have a part of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Modi told the Congress leaders in the Lok Sabha: "Even after 70 years, 125 crore Indians are daily facing the consequences of the seeds of poison you sowed then." Another notable feature of the Prime Minister's over 70 minutes intervention was that if Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had been allowed to become the country's first Prime Minis...
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The Banker..!
By Robert Clements
My banker neighbor who till a year ago was the most amiable fellow in the colony, now hardly greets any of us, “How he’s changed!” sighed the secretary of the colony, “Last year, he would chase me everyday to shift my account to his bank, but now he tells me, “No fixed deposit, no Adhaar card, no account!” There was the sound of the lift gate being closed and I watched as the same banker walked to his car. It was a different walk from the casual friendly gait he had before, and two security men strode on either side of him. The secretary of the colony, tried to approach him but was pushed away roughly by the two guards, “Sir, it is about the colony bank account!” shouted the secretary. “The boss does not want to talk to you!” said one of the security rudely, “Can’t you see he has other ...
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Islamabad shaken by Pashtun resurgence
Traumatised by terrorism, racial profiling
By Sankar Ray
The protest movement visibly unnerved the establishment, the military power-mongers in the main. Which is why the dominant media blacked out the event initially (under diktat from the ruling brass), wide coverage by international media like New York Times, Independent of London and Le Monde notwithstanding. "Naqeeb Masud Shaheed: Zwanan Mo Qatal Kege Da Sanga Azadi Da, Pashto Der Khkule Nazam.- a pick from a song in Pashto by Pashtuns has been reverberating in the wide space confronting of the National Press Club, Islamabad, where thousands of Pashtuns began a sit-in protest more than a week ago. A poster near the dais in English, Urdu and Pashto read 'Justice for Naqeeb Masud. Twentyseven year-old Naqeebullah Mehsud (also known as Naseemullah), employed at a garment mill in Karachi, ...
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He Paints the Picture..!
By Robert Clements
I spent this morning with a ninety three year old, friend Bansi Singh. She spoke softly about death and how she had gone through her husband’s death, then her son’s the year before last and then tragedy of tragedy’s, the death of her granddaughter, last year. “Why?” she asked me, “Did God do this to me?” And a picture came to my mind: She was seventeen. Beautiful. Dying. I visited her at home in Andheri. She smiled, the smile of an angel. “She will soon be an angel,” a voice seemed to whisper to me, “She already is,” I whispered back holding back my sobs. “Cancer,” said her father, “why?” Pictures came to my mind. Her toothy smile at three, the first time I had gone to her home and then over the years as her father and I became close friends, then business associates. Her first Holy C...
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