Saturday, Feb 28, 2015

Change is not easy, and the Congress flirts dangerously with obsolescence if it cannot reinvent urgently.

Track changes

Indian Railways should decentralise by using PPPs in a big way.

The frailty of judges

It is increasingly difficult for Pakistan to punish those who kill for religious reasons.

Whose national interest?

Home ministry’s affidavit in Priya Pillai case is a study in irony.

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No clean slate

Budget 2015-16 will be watched for how much it breaks from the past.

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Chugging ahead

Rail budget makes many right moves. But beware of rail ministry’s ‘implementation bug’.

The investment quandary

Union budget will be watched for the incentives it offers to encourage private investment.

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Running late

Rail budget missed the opportunity to lay out an agenda for the future.

Finance minister’s Victor Hugo moment

Post-reform India has had three gamechanging budgets. Will Arun Jaitley’s be the fourth?

Put the scissors away

If promoting obscurantism is a concern, TV is far more guilty than films.

From the Urdu Press: Kashmir calling

Roznama KhabrAin, in its editorial, writes that both PDP and BJP have made a turnaround in their stated positions regarding J&K.

Tele scope: Once again

Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal rolled back the years with a return to protests, and TVs.

View from the right: PM on tolerance

The Organiser editorial interprets Modi’s recent speech on religious freedom not as a message to Hindutva outfits.

‘The man I offered my complaint to smiled it off… I regretted having spoken to him at all’

A victim of sexual harassment speaks out about why most women choose to remain silent.

Meeting point Srinagar

A PDP-BJP coalition could help heal the rift between Jammu and Kashmir.

Engines of growth

Real challenge for railways is to keep pace with a fast expanding economy.

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The case against private coal

It will increase the price of coal and eventually the price of power.

All that glitters

Budget offers government a chance to tap gold stocks, monetise them.

Narendra Modi greeted his political adversary Rahul Gandhi warmly grabbing his hand.
Me and my mandate

How Nitish, Rahul and Modi have overplayed their hand

A time to bid

After the recent coal block auctions, there is no further scope for hypothetical assumptions with political overtones.

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Off the coal blocks

Aggressive bidding and transparency in the auction process have rescued the sector from the uncertainty caused by the cancellation of allocations.

Chinese Takeaway: Railway Lessons

By the turn of the 20th century, the subcontinent had nearly 15,000 km of railway track, in comparison to just 600 km in China.

View from the left: Union budget

Talking about the first full budget of the NDA government, the CPM’s People’s Democracy says it will have to meet “contradictory objectives”.

A taxing matter

Both form and content of GST Constitution amendment bill need to be re-thought.

Come to the House

Government must avoid the temptation to bypass the legislature.

In free fall

Maldives needs to sort out its own problems but some plainspeaking by Modi government may be in order.

Without Rahul

His leave of absence could officially be the moment for him and his party to ask the unaskable question.

The immunisation imperative

A renewed commitment will improve India’s record on combating childhood diseases and help set the global agenda on child health.

An icon for Swachh Bharat

To sustain the abhiyan, we should draw inspiration from beloved saint-reformers like Sant Gadge Maharaj.

Nalanda’s cosy club

The revival of a university in Nalanda is a noble mission. But the past seven years have seen a hijacking of the project by a small clique.

A distorted landscape

Land markets are skewed by policies that urgently require correction.

Unequal opportunities

Why Rajasthan’s recent ordinances limiting who can run for local office are flawed.

The fifth metro: Malady map of India

Data from healthcare start-ups can help better address the country’s public health challenges.

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Victory signs

Despite AAP’s Delhi win, if strategies are put in place to deliver on promises by his third year, Modi may well preside over a 10-year transformation of India.

A climate of bilateralism

India should be wary of acceding to US demands on emissions cuts.

The new normal in MP

A Hindu majoritarian cultural agenda seems to be entrenched in the state.