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Jai Mahishmati, nay, Amaravati!

Jai Mahishmati, nay, Amaravati!

Sep 16,2017 , 04:09 AM IST | Hans
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die.
Persecuted by their own govt

Persecuted by their own govt

Sep 09,2017 , 01:56 AM IST | Hans
That Prime Minister Narendra Modi almost ignored Rohingya crisis during his much publicised visit to Myanmar the other day was on the expected lines. Modi could not have done otherwise in view of our own concerns. But was the silence prudent?
Far removed from reality

Far removed from reality

Sep 02,2017 , 02:23 AM IST | Hans
The points of breakdown in group discussions are many and varied. Much of the time they coincide with the failure of participants to understand each other. Sometimes they occur when the participants understand each other too well.
BJP plans to strike at weakness of TRS

BJP plans to strike at weakness of TRS

Aug 30,2017 , 12:50 AM IST | Telangana
The Central leadership of the BJP is veering around to the opinion that ‘Plan A’ - that of taking on the TRS in direct elections - may not yield the expected results in the next general elections. Sources admit that there was no way the party could take on the ruling party in Telangana single-handed and there is little chance of at least coming second at the hustings.
BJP factoring in anti-incumbency

BJP factoring in anti-incumbency

Aug 19,2017 , 03:00 AM IST | Hans
When Amit Shah, the BJP's National President, wrote in his blog on Thursday that the Modi government by promoting schemes like Ujjwala, Ujala, Swachh Bharat and a dozen others, had tried to bring those who had so far been neglected into the mainstream and that cheaper medicines and caps on the prices of stents and knee implants were part of the same effort, he was just setting the tone for his Mis
China uses information weapons before war

China uses information weapons before war

Aug 12,2017 , 02:30 AM IST | Hans
Over a period, say a decade or so, China has emerged as a pivotal player in every arena of international competition. This period has also impacted the Chinese leaders significantly. One could say that pro-democracy movement in 1989 and the break-up of the Soviet Union had alarmed the leadership of the country as never before. Its fears only got worse when the allies became triumphal in the Gulf W
A long-haul flight to south

A long-haul flight to south

Aug 05,2017 , 03:36 AM IST | Hans
The BJP leadership, expectedly, has begun shuffling its cards for maximum gains in 2019. The party is redefining its equations with its allies and opponents alike, carefully drafting its priorities.  The party's line – have an ally, yet keep growing – is a bit difficult for its friends to digest. Ask Shiv Sena and it will open up its wounds to demonstrate how, allegedly, the BJP cons allies. 
Saffronisation of the mandal

Saffronisation of the mandal

Jul 22,2017 , 03:28 AM IST | Hans
The vicious cycle of political discourse in the country has come a full circle. The fight between the so-called secular and Hindutva forces has seen the emergence of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh as a superior force, politically. 
GST blow to handloom sector

GST blow to handloom sector

Jul 01,2017 , 05:01 AM IST | Hans
Goods and Services Tax is one of the toughest of the economic reforms that this government has initiated and it is being touted as the 'greatest' by the government.
Intel grid not in sight

Intel grid not in sight

Jun 24,2017 , 03:57 AM IST | Hans
When NATGRID (National Intelligence Grid) was set up as an attached office of the Ministry of Home Affairs on December 1, 2009, in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, it was expected that this would become fully operational to secure the nation from future attacks. 
Centre silent on GST relief

Centre silent on GST relief

Jun 22,2017 , 02:46 AM IST | Telangana
The reluctance of the Centre to exempt Mission Bhagiratha from the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) provisions is perplexing the Telangana Government. The Telangana Government has repeatedly sought exemption for the same keeping in view the objectives of the ambitious project.
Act more and in right earnest

Act more and in right earnest

Jun 17,2017 , 03:10 AM IST | Hans
The present farm crisis and the resultant agitations should have been anticipated by the Centre and appropriate measures should have been put in place to tackle the unrest among farmers, if any. Whatever may be the claims of politicians, one cannot rule out laxity on part of the government in handling the issue. 
Rahul has something to prove

Rahul has something to prove

Jun 10,2017 , 03:06 AM IST | Hans
Pilate  therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Deeds, not mere words, count

Deeds, not mere words, count

Jun 03,2017 , 04:01 AM IST | Hans
As Anatol Rapoport, the Russian born American Mathematical psychologist, suggested if ‘ology,’ one of the suffixes in our language, reminds us of university curricula and scholarship, the other is the energetic and somewhat mysterious ‘ics,’ which has a connotative flavor of magic. 
Andhra Pradesh got enough funds, say officials

Andhra Pradesh got enough funds, say officials

Jun 02,2017 , 02:10 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The Government of India feels that Andhra Pradesh has got enough funds from the Centre during the last three years and the financial aid may trickle down in future except for projects like Polavaram "which only would get their due as promised", according to sources in the Finance Ministry. 
BJP at numbers game, yet again

BJP at numbers game, yet again

May 27,2017 , 04:12 AM IST | Hans
The wordy duel between the BJP national president, Amit Shah, and the Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekar Rao, over Central funds to the State was uncalled for, in fact.
Can we finally save Jadhav’s life?

Can we finally save Jadhav’s life?

May 19,2017 , 10:33 PM IST | Hans
Choices apart, will Pakistan abide by the international canons or prefer to seek recourse to what the US has done in the past coming under similar circumstances? Remember Sarabjit Singh's case? Was he hanged to death? 
Whatever made Jagan say that?

Whatever made Jagan say that?

May 13,2017 , 01:50 AM IST | Opinion
He may not have been assured by the BJP leadership, as of now, of amnesty. But, he would like to send a message to the powers-that-be investigating his cases that he is an ally of the BJP and that would make some difference as we all know. 
Two Telugu CMs – What a contrast!

Two Telugu CMs – What a contrast!

Apr 29,2017 , 03:41 AM IST | Opinion
I cannot but get fascinated by the journey of the Telugus of the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since they treaded separate paths nearly three years ago.  I am also fascinated by the way the two Chief Ministers, Nara Chandrababu Naidu of AP and K Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana, are coursing through the troubled waters. 
AP Chief Minister in top Maoist hit-list

AP Chief Minister in top Maoist hit-list

Apr 27,2017 , 03:46 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu and former Director-General of Police of the united AP then, H J Dora, are among the top three targets of the Maoists while Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh tops the list of Maoist targets.
How many beacons to a VIP?

How many beacons to a VIP?

Apr 22,2017 , 02:37 AM IST | Opinion
Every civilisation seeks its own symbols to preserve its own culture. Beacon-off situation is no challenge to the VIP-raj in this country. I am sure that with or without a beacon, a Ravindra Gaekwad, would always seek recourse to his 'chappalbrandishing' as a symbol of his power. 
Opposition turns two-time loser

Opposition turns two-time loser

Apr 15,2017 , 01:29 AM IST | Hans
In the world of Indian politics, inconsistency could be called a virtue. When it comes to the election results, the dichotomy is more evident cutting across all party lines. If we presume that reason dominates the arguments of politicians, both well-known and lesser known, we may be wrong.
India turning Trumpistan?

India turning Trumpistan?

Apr 01,2017 , 03:41 AM IST | Opinion
We have recently seen and read about the hate crimes against Indians in the US as well one incident, of late, against a pastor of an Indian origin in Australia. Our reaction is always the same - appalled. How could any civilised society permit it? How could one attack Indians who are by and large peaceful and just pursuing their dollar dreams? Just because they are doing well and flourishing?
Yogi faces first big challenge

Yogi faces first big challenge

Mar 22,2017 , 03:16 AM IST | News Analysis
When the Supreme Court advised the parties involved in the Ayodhya dispute to sit together and sort out the issue as it is an issue of sentiment and religion on Tuesday, it was rather no different from what the Allahabad High Court said a few years ago.
Did EVMs, not Modi, defeat them?

Did EVMs, not Modi, defeat them?

Mar 18,2017 , 04:27 AM IST | Opinion
“People did not defeat me, the EVMs did" is the new WhatsApp slogan of some politicians in the country now.  By any yardstick, it is the most cynical summation of one's own failures. Arvind Kejriwals or Mayawatis better come up with some other excuse to retain their flock.
UP verdict set to spark realignments

UP verdict set to spark realignments

Mar 13,2017 , 04:30 AM IST | News Analysis
The heat and dust of the electoral battle is slowly settling down on the nation. The semi-finals, as everyone called it, yielded stunning results, the whys' of which are yet to be analysed by various quarters. These results could have a lasting impact on electoral politics if one goes by the voting pattern. 
Desire for change is leitmotif

Desire for change is leitmotif

Mar 12,2017 , 03:00 AM IST | Opinion
Periphrasis, or a roundabout way of speaking or writing, is not necessary to describe the outcome of the Assembly elections to the five states in general or to that of the UP in particular. Saffronisation could sound like a pejorative word if used for the BJP's triumph in UP and Uttarakhand, the two key states that went to the polls in the last few weeks. 
It’ll be business as usual for Modi

It’ll be business as usual for Modi

Mar 11,2017 , 04:21 AM IST | Opinion
In a few hours from now, by this afternoon precisely, the much-awaited results of the Assembly elections held to the five states in the recent weeks would have been declared. If you are a political creature, you could be either celebrating it in one way or the other or a pall of gloom might have descended on you. If not, you could simply shrug off the results as a routine that happens every day an
Satyagraha more relevant than ever

Satyagraha more relevant than ever

Mar 04,2017 , 03:30 AM IST | Opinion
Let me begin this column with a hundred-year-old story of Raj Kumar Shukla, a farmer of Champaran region. He owned a few bighas of land which he used to cultivate vegetables and foodgrains, however little the quantity might have been. He was happy that he never had to borrow much from anyone to eke out his livelihood. 
BJP still in the reckoning

BJP still in the reckoning

Feb 25,2017 , 03:25 AM IST | Opinion
The resounding victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Maharashtra municipal elections and its similar good performance in Odisha local body polls sure comes as a shot in the arm for the BJP leadership. This is bound to impact the outcome of the ongoing Assembly elections in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, too, where at least three more phases are yet to be completed.