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Mass violence has no place in democracy (Column: Spy's Eye)
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Mass violence has no place in democracy (Column: Spy's Eye)

Crime including a stray incident of violence in public may have a personal motivation but there was nothing personal about an episode of mass violence -- it was always instigated by politics, domestic or externally guided. For the government of a sovereign democratic nation, the test of success would lie in whether it was able to take note of the first signs of a directed violence -- as different from an agitation that might show aggressiveness -- for preventive action.

  • Trust vote in Pakistan - constitutional issues

    Trust vote in Pakistan - constitutional issues

    By Vikram Hegde

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  • Transforming gold investments in India

    Transforming gold investments in India

    By Sameer Patil

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  • India charting its own path

    India charting its own path

    By Asad Mirza

    The last one-month has shown the tenacity and astuteness of the Indian foreign policy, and the "correctional change" which the current polity is trying to achieve through it.

  • EC must dissect manifestos, stop parties asking Centre to fund freebies (Opinion)

    EC must dissect manifestos, stop parties asking Centre to fund freebies (Opinion)

    Assembly elections are not natural calamities or disasters that require central assistance to meet the extravagant promises made by certain political parties in their manifestos just to lure voters and win these polls. It has become a trend for certain parties to make promises of free electricity, free water, free education, free travel, free cycles, free laptops, free scooties, cash credits etc in their manifestos for winning Assembly elections and once they win, then plead for funds from the Central government.

  • There's change in the air happening in Kashmir (IANS Column: FairPoint)

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    By Deepika Bhan

    Over the past few days, certain events in Kashmir have come as a surprise.

  • Market momentum to propel further gains

    Market momentum to propel further gains

    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets in the week gone by behaved on expected lines and gained quite sharply. Markets opened on a weak note on Monday and then did a U-turn. They gained on four of the five trading days.

  • China takes cognisance of India's rise as global counsel (Column: Spy's Eye)

    China takes cognisance of India's rise as global counsel (Column: Spy's Eye)

    By D.C. Pathak

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  • Nepal PM Deuba's Visit to India: How New Delhi can drive Kathmandu's policy of strategic diversification

    Nepal PM Deuba's Visit to India: How New Delhi can drive Kathmandu's policy of strategic diversification

    By Bhavdeep Modi

    Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is set to arrive in India on a three-day visit on April 1, aimed at inking cross-border connectivity and healthcare projects. Additionally, it has also been reported that Deuba and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are likely to inaugurate the Kurtha-Jayanagar Railway Project, a 35-km stretch that will link Kurtha in Nepal to Jayanagar in Bihar.

  • 'Moditva': Hard work pays, more so in war-time diplomacy

    'Moditva': Hard work pays, more so in war-time diplomacy

    By Nirendra Dev

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  • Urdu: Whose Language Is It? (Opinion)

    Urdu: Whose Language Is It? (Opinion)

    By Asad Mirza

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  • Markets to trade with positive bias in the last week of financial year

    Markets to trade with positive bias in the last week of financial year

    By Arun Kejriwal

    The week gone by was volatile and saw markets losing on four of the five trading sessions. At the end of the week, BSESENSEX was down 501.73 points or 0.87 per cent to close at 57,362.20 points while NSENIFTY lost 134.05 points or 0.78 per cent to close at 17,153.00 points.

  • Why Real Estate is a better option than gold (Opinion)

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    By Annuj Goel

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    India captures only 8% of 4K billion cubic meters of rain

    By Pavan Kaushik

    New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Many historians and archaeologi­sts believe that the Indus Valley Civi­lisation that existed about 2,500 years ago mysteriously lost its existence and disappeared suddenly due to catastrophic water scarcity caused either by shifting rivers or by drastic climate change.

  • India acts big brother to Sri Lanka (Opinion)

    India acts big brother to Sri Lanka (Opinion)

    By Asad Mirza

    Indian policy in the region towards smaller countries, seems to be paying dividends, as compared to China, which is more and more is being seen as a hawk, intent on taking over smaller countries natural resources.

  • Markets trading higher than Ukraine war beginning - Allow consolidation to happen

    Markets trading higher than Ukraine war beginning - Allow consolidation to happen

    By Arun Kejriwal

    The week gone by was a short week with just four trading sessions. Markets saw gains on three of the four trading sessions and gained substantially. BSESENSEX was up 2,313.60 points or 4.16 per cent to close at 57,863.93 points while NIFTY gained 656.60 points or 3.95 per cent to close at 17,287.05 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 3.78 per cent, 3.56 per cent and 3.41 per cent, respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 2.21 per cent, while BSESMALLCAP was up 2.08 per cent.

  • A critique of the Hijab Judgment - Perspectives and Dimensions examined

    A critique of the Hijab Judgment - Perspectives and Dimensions examined

    By Adeel Ahmed

    We all know the story of Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani hijab-clad girl who took a bullet in her head, just so that she could go to school. The plight of Indian Muslim women students in Udupi, Karnataka, is near about the same, whove been asked to choose between their religion or education, in light of the recent judgment passed by the High Court of Karnataka, stating that the "hijab is not an ‘essential religious practice in Islam", , while also upholding the Government Order in question which prescribes a uniform to be worn, if prescribed by the schools concerned.

  • The Goan election impasse (Opinion)

    The Goan election impasse (Opinion)

    By Marcellus DSouza

    The results of the Goa Assembly were declared on March 10, along with those of the rest of the states that went to the polls -- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur. The BJP led by incumbent Chief Minister Pramod Sawant secured 20 seats. It was just one shy of the majority mark in a 40-member Assembly.

  • Need to de-communalise religion (Column: Spy's Eye)

    Need to de-communalise religion (Column: Spy's Eye)

    By D.C. Pathak

    In a democracy, all citizens are on the same footing in the eyes of the state in terms of freedom of religion, equality of civic rights and grant of electoral choice at the time of political contests, whether for Parliament, Assembly or local bodies.

  • 'The Kashmir Files' reveals tip of the iceberg (Opinion)

    'The Kashmir Files' reveals tip of the iceberg (Opinion)

    By Amjad Ayub Mirza

    New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The movie released in India called 'The Kashmir Files' is a brave attempt to reveal the atrocities committed by the Pakistan sponsored Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front and other Jihadi proxies and with conformity of a significant number of local Islamists in the Valley of Kashmir.

  • TN to develop integrated weather development system

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    Chennai, March 19 (IANS) Tamil Nadu is all set to develop an independent weather forecasting system specific to the state to bridge the gap in the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) forecasting. State Finance Minister, P.T.R. Palanivel Thiagarajan in the state budget on Friday allocated an amount of Rs 10 crore for developing the independent weather forecasting system.

  • Can it be Et tu China? That too in Rome! (Opinion)

    By Robinder Sachdev

    When the US National Security Advisor (NSA) and his NSA counterpart from China, and their delegations met in Rome on March 14, the date reminded your author of the phrase - Beware the ides of March.

  • Afghan mineral wealth attracts competitors (Opinion)

    Afghan mineral wealth attracts competitors (Opinion)

    By Asad Mirza

    Even when the American occupation of Afghanistan was in full steam and apart from the fighting there were mainly reports of the on-going fighting, yet there were secret reports, which spoke of the vast mineral wealth which Afghanistan possesses. There were further reports, which reported questioningly the Americans taking plane-loads of soil from various regions of Afghanistan to get them analysed in their country. Yet, few believed those reports.

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