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What talks?

While Pak may try peacenik moves with a call for  dialogue, India is right to stick to ‘no terror’ clause One of the news reports before the outcome of the Indian elections was about a dipstick among Pakistanis, where some expatriates hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi would return so that the scourge of terrorism could be finally wiped out...

Stop making demands

After staying away, Baba Ramdev has emerged with some bizarre ideas. The Govt should be cautious Narendra Modi’s stunning electoral victory has made his cheerleaders whoop with joy and rightly so, even some who remained oddly quiet this time around. But though there are still days to go before he is officially sworn in to his second term as...

Recheck your abilities, reset your mind-the Dunning–Kruger effect

GUEST COLUMN I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do...

When the dust settles

HIDDEN SOUL The long-drawn seven-phase elections are over and the results have come. Needless to say that the elections this time were fought on emotive rather than rational plank. For some observers, though, elections are always based on emotional rather than real issues. But the Indian experience may prove otherwise on many occasions. Nevertheless, there is a need to...

Anti-Modi intellectual elite fights for survival

USUAL SUSPECTS It is bad form to focus on the losers after an election that has produced a clear winner. Yet, this election was rather strange in many respects. And it is the oddities that need some casual attention. At one level there was the BJP, blessed by a leader that had all-round acceptance and enormous popularity, whose strengths...

Governance first

The nation hopes that with this resounding majority and consequent political stability, the Prime Minister will succeed in actualising his own vision and India’s unbound aspirations  E D I T O R ‘ S  N O T E The BJP was well on its way to emerging as India’s ‘natural party of Government’ under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee when...

Traffic woes in the Doon valley

BLANK VERSE Driving in Dehradun is no easy job now. Of course, there was a time when it was a cakewalk for anyone to drive here. Even people crossing the road could walk with their eyes almost closed. This was a place where traffic jams were unheard of till about ten years ago! In fact, the Doon valley was...

United colours of Opposition a pipedream?

Undaunted by exit polls, Opposition unity efforts have gained momentum this past week. Almost all players have at some point in time dreamt of the prime ministerial job but the road to it is strewn with many hurdles and their contradictions Most exit polls have predicted a clear majority for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but this hasn’t stopped the...

Get down to business

The economic challenges are far tougher this time and real euphoria will be when the new leadership surmounts them Every election has its own takeaway and this, too, has one, certainly beyond the noise of violence, rhetoric, bigotry and raging passion. It is that of the silent voter, who has zipped up his choices close to his chest and...

Pressing need for waste segregation in Doon

GUEST COLUMN From being a quaint tourist town, known for its scenic beauty and pristine cultural heritage, Dehradun has come a long way into evolving as the bustling provisional capital city of Uttarakhand. Contemporary Dehradun pretty much stands as a minuscule reflection of several overpopulated and impromptu urbanised medium sized Indian cities. Two decades down the lane post its...