Archive for June, 2012

But Mulayam Yadav is telecom operators’ new patron, reports VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 23, 2012 1 Comment

On Friday evening, as members of the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, sat to discuss the reserve prices for the 2G airwaves for the upcoming 2G auctions, the air was thick with anticipation. Pranabda (as the FM is warmly referred to) would perhaps be chairing the last EGoM, as [...]

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Artists’ boycott of Israel will go a long way, says AJAZ ASHRAF

Jun 23, 2012 1 Comment

Israel’s is a class apart, for it has built a violent, colonial state on the foundation of the exceptional sorrow Jews suffered in the Holocaust It is possible you would think denying the people of Israel a chance to listen to the tabla is not the most appropriate method of opposing their state’s oppression of [...]

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A special investigation by Kapil Bajaj

Jun 19, 2012 5 Comments

How Manmohan used the PMO, Planning Commission, various ministries, and public funds to promote former Mckinsey boss Gupta’s Indian ventures How Manmohan turned Gupta’s private network into a powerful body influencing public health policy, with zero accountability to the public How Manmohan helped Gupta’s business and health education network to con the states into parting [...]

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Women leaders so firm & reliable, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 16, 2012 1 Comment

Politics makes strange bedfellows – rich! The licentious political tango that Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav coupled with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee early last week could make a rookie-on-a-casting-couch blush. The former Uttar Pradesh wrestler was on a romp as he traded political morality and honesty for the tantalising and fruitful perks [...]

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Can Anna mobilise urban and rural poor, asks AJAZ ASHRAF

Jun 16, 2012 No Comments

During the sultry monsoon months of 2011, the simmering anger of people found expression in street protests organised under the aegis of India Against Corruption (IAC), a civil society formation that has become synonymous with the doughty, at times bumbling, Anna Hazare. Yet again, Delhi is to witness the rumblings of a repressed fury. Weeks [...]

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Allow ably-challenged to earn & spend, says MALINI CHIB

Jun 16, 2012 1 Comment

English is not the only common thread between the Brits and Indians. Their occupation of India saw them model a lot of things on what they did in their own country: railways, telegraphs and even our laws. And Indians have not only worked on what was left behind, but have constantly modelled themselves over British [...]

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His high-pitched campaign did him in, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 14, 2012 No Comments

I’ll be out of my mind/ And you’ll be out of ideas/ Pretty soon/ So let’s spend/ The afternoon in a cold hot air balloon/ The lyrics of Owl City’s Hot Air Balloon cannot put it more succinctly the high drama in the Congress Party, in the Raisina Hill presidential sweepstakes. It could well be [...]

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BJP in similar boat as Cong in Prez race, says Neena Vyas

Jun 14, 2012 No Comments

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s  `maun vrat’ on the presidential race for which the countdown has begun is intriguing, but not surprising. Over the last month it has been busy fighting its internal battles, to put it mildly. It did not have the time to think out its strategy for the presidential election. After Leader of [...]

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Vikas Purush is more Bakwas Purush, says NEENA VYAS, as she explodes Gujarat’s development story

Jun 01, 2012 3 Comments

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been desperately trying to put behind him the image earned in the riots of 2002 for which Congress President Sonia Gandhi  famously described him as a `maut ka saudagar’ –trader of death. For the last several years he has tried to project himself as the smiling `vikas purush’, ready [...]

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Do not trade off privacy for freedom of speech, says Vrinda Gopinath

Jun 01, 2012 No Comments

Clearly, Abhishek Manu Singhvi has not been pardoned as he has been asked by the party not to appear on television yet again, despite the one-month long cooling period post the sex scandal.  However, it needs to be told again and again that Singhvi, despite his indiscretion and screw-up, the beleaguered Congress leader is the [...]

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