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A strong man gets his due, but BJP betrays a greed  for one-party power. That’s dangerous for India
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A strong man gets his due, but BJP betrays a greed for one-party power. That’s dangerous for India

By TJS George D.K.Shivakumar is Karnataka’s most formidable politician. He is also the most feared. There are many in Karnataka, including senior Congress leaders, who see him as a liability in public life. Currently the State’s Energy Minister, he is recognised by all as a muscle-man, fixer, campaign manager, crowd mobiliser, money bag and general…

Narayanan’s non-partisanship was classic. So was Kalam’s. Mukherjee played safe. His successor will be safer
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Narayanan’s non-partisanship was classic. So was Kalam’s. Mukherjee played safe. His successor will be safer

By T.J.S. George In his farewell speech, President Pranab Mukherjee highlighted India’s strong points and said they had become endangered. “Multiplicity of culture, faith and language is what makes India special,” he said. “The soul of India is in pluralism and tolerance,” he said. Then he referred to increasing violence in the country and warned:…

Be it currency shift, Aadhaar, GST, there is a mad rush; People feel cornered, vexed. Why this mad rush?
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Be it currency shift, Aadhaar, GST, there is a mad rush; People feel cornered, vexed. Why this mad rush?

Usually life gets simpler as nations progress. But not in India where a barrage of sudden changes, new rules and revised regulations are making life burdensome for ordinary people. First, it was demonetisation. The dislocations that abrupt adventure triggered are still haunting people. As if that were not enough, a whole new mess has developed…

Saudis want Qatar out; Turkey wants new dominant role;  hostilities in Muslim lands pose problems for all
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Saudis want Qatar out; Turkey wants new dominant role; hostilities in Muslim lands pose problems for all

There is turmoil in the Islamic world. Saudi Arabia has made a hardline prince the effective ruler. Qatar, isolated by neighbouring Arab States, is defiant. Turkey has become a virtual dictatorship, changing the country’s profile and claiming a larger regional role for itself. The war zone in Syria sees Russia and the US challenging each…

BJP’s coup may send a nice man to Rashtrapathi Bhavan; but questions remain about politics by caste
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BJP’s coup may send a nice man to Rashtrapathi Bhavan; but questions remain about politics by caste

By T.J.S. George In political and strategic terms, the BJP leadership staged the equivalent of a coup d’etat when it nominated Ram Nath Kovind for President. The choice killed three birds with one stone. Bird No.1: The Opposition parties’ unity against the ruling dispensation. Not only did Bihar’s Nitish Kumar break rank to support the…

Congress planning to lose its hold on Karnataka, too? With boldness (not National Herald) it can win
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Congress planning to lose its hold on Karnataka, too? With boldness (not National Herald) it can win

Even in its glory days, the National Herald never had a South Indian presence. It was always a Delhi-Lucknow entity and knew it. It would have been another inconsequential provincial rag but for its ownership (Jawaharlal Nehru) and its editorship (Chalapathi Rau). Actually, the latter more than the former. While Nehru was an absentee overlord,…

With political help, lobbies put chemicals in our diet
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With political help, lobbies put chemicals in our diet

BJP must honour its pledge to keep GM food out Before the power of commercial lobbies, even the BJP government bows. The party’s manifesto took a strong stand against Genetically Modified (GM) foods; ignoring it, the Government’s Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) green-lighted genetically engineered mustard in India. GM mustard is known to be more…

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