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Speeches of hate

Hate speeches during election campaigns are made just to grab the headlines (“Modi in damage control mode,” April 23). The “punishment” awarded by the Election Commission to such offenders can har... »

Serving democracy?

Anand Teltumbde has pulled no punches in pointing out the seamy side of our electoral system based on the principle of FPTP (“By the ruling class, for the ruling class,” April 23). It cannot be sa... »

Priyanka’s claim

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has said that the charges against her husband, Robert Vadra are not only “false” but also aimed at humiliating her family (Apr.23). She must be confident that the people “hav... »

Temple treasures

It is distressing to note that the gold reserves/other treasures at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram (“Troubling questions on temple treasure’s safety,” April 23) is under the... »

In praise of walking

I am quite impressed with the thought-provoking article “In praise of walking” (April 23). It won’t be out of place to also add that one of the greatest walks by mankind was from Africa, some 1,50... »
April 23, 2014

Mining in Goa

The judgment of the Supreme Court lifting the ban on iron ore mining in Goa, with some riders, needs to be welcomed (April 22). Let us hope that adequate safeguards are in place including checks u... »
April 23, 2014

Inflammatory speech

Praveen Togadia has been making inflammatory speeches against minorities for a long time now(“Togadia’s ‘hate speech’ video under EC scanner,” April 22). But I do not remember a time ever when con... »
April 22, 2014

India’s Reagan

I only hope all our politicians read through the thought-provoking and forceful article by David Cohen (“Is India about to elect its Reagan?” April 21) and view in proper perspective the emergence... »
April 21, 2014

On Modi’s critics

I was aghast at reading Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Giriraj Singh’s statement that there would be no place in India for Narendra Modi’s critics and that they only belong in Pakistan (“Modi cr... »
April 21, 2014

Criminals & crorepatis

This is with reference to the report, “More crorepatis and candidates with criminal cases” (April 20). These crorepatis must take care not to fall prey to greed, make the best use of the w... »
April 21, 2014

Assassination bid

The assassination bid on award-winning journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi is reprehensible (“Hamid Mir, Geo TV anchor, shot at,” April 20). Terror elements in Pakistan have of late started tr... »
April 19, 2014

Heavy turnout

Irrespective of whichever party comes to power, what is most heartening to note is the massive voter turnout in the fifth phase (“»
April 19, 2014

Energy crisis

Energy security should form a major part of the agenda of the newly elected government (“Handling the... »
April 23, 2014

Modi, India’s Reagan?

It is too early to compare the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, with former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, though the situation in India has parallels with the U.S. of the 1980s, i... »
April 22, 2014

On the vote

The article (“The myth of the wasted vote,” April 21) glorifies voting beyond measure. A vote is the currency of a political economy; the fuel of democracy, but it is in no way the soul of... »
April 22, 2014

Lokpal appointments

The UPA government has a right and a duty to appoint the new Lokpal before its term of office ends (“Why the rush on Lokpal appointments, asks BJP,” April 21). Such action on the part of t... »
April 21, 2014

Productive work

This refers to the article, “‘Jobless growth’ no more” (April 17). The data presented seem to project a rosy picture of employment growth. Indeed, there is prima facie evidence too. But what the a... »
April 21, 2014

Death of Sherpas

As a former trekker in the Himalayas, I have tried to study the dynamics of avalanches and the disasters that they can cause. Twelve brave Sherpas perished in a summer avalanche in the Himalayas (... »
April 21, 2014

A literary genius

Writing is a unique creative endeavour involving imagination, intellect and emotion. Gabriel García Márquez became a household name through his works. In our college days we devoured his w... »
April 19, 2014

Quota and merit

While the founding fathers of the Constitution brought in the concept of reservation for a limited period with the noble motive of uplifting those who were discriminated against, thereby providing... »