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Solve from within

Sri Lanka is in a state of absolute chaos, its leadership found wanting in the face of a terrorist mayhem that killed about 300 people in coordinated suicide bomb blasts. We had written about this subject earlier in this column and had wondered whether these...

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Lanka on brink

The series of coordinated blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday — which killed nearly 300 innocents across churches, luxury hotels and other key installations — exposed the vulnerability of the island nation to a “new brand of terror,” suspectedly linked to Islamist terrorism. The...

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Serious strike

The highest seat of Indian judiciary is again under a cloud – something that should not be happening in an atmosphere where faith on the judiciary seems to be dwindling. Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, who, along with senior justices Jasti Chelameswar, Madan B...

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The nature of power

Aakar Patel Twenty-five ago, Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi was contesting elections in Mumbai. Standing on a Samajwadi Party ticket, he was opposing the sitting MLA from Bandra East, Madhukar Sarpotdar of the Shiv Sena. Sarpotdar, who died in 2010, was active in the post-Babri...

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Recipe for doom

Every political party worth its salt wants to win polls. This gets all the more obvious in an election year when it becomes expedient for parties, especially those in power, to step up their populist programmes. Ruling parties loosen their purse strings to ensure that...

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Bleeding banks

It is well-known that Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya are not the only ones who fled the country after committing financial frauds of Himalayan proportions. Even now, the Union government is not ready to put on record the number of such sharks who fooled the...

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No example

Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh’s offer to resign from the cabinet and from the Rajya Sabha in view of the selection of his son Brijendra as the BJP candidate from Hisar is a welcome move. This argument of the Congress turned BJP politician from...

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Corporates it is

The Modi government is now in hot water with new revelations from France. One of France’s leading newspapers, ‘Le Monde’, has reported that France waived taxes worth 143.7 million euros to a French registered telecom subsidiary of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications in 2015. It is...

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Education & politics

    Aakar Patel How educated does a leader have to be and what is the consequence of a lack of intellectual exposure? The Congress is making fun of the fact that Smriti Irani did not go to college. She joined a correspondence course but...

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PSBs disappoint

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week reduced the benchmark lending rate by 25 basis points. This was on top of a similar rate cut in February by the central bank. In response to the February policy rate cut, a number of lenders such...

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