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Sep 17, 2014

Real lesson from by-polls: India will keep the Modi govt on its toes

As usual, a lot will be read into the by-poll results where the BJP will be seen as having lost a lot of ground since the spectacular Lok Sabha victory in May. While the party would be foolish to dismiss the results as just one of those things, jumping to the opposite conclusion is equally hazardous. #Amit Shah #BJP #by-polls #Communal #Elections #Haryana #Hindutva #India #Maharshtra #Narendra Modi #Politics Decoder #PoliticsDecoder #Uttar Pradesh #West Bengal

Sep 13, 2014

Vinod Rai’s scoop: UPA scams began within 70 days of Manmohan becoming PM

UPA has been associated with scams towards the latter half of its tenure - 2G, CWG and Coalgate among them. But it faltered first with Praful Patel, who pushed Air India into financial ruin with his unwarranted board intervention #air india #Air India Order #CAG #Corruption #Manmohan Singh #P. Chidambaram #PM #Praful Patel #UPA Scams #Vinod Rai

Sep 13, 2014

What Vinod Rai overlooks is Manmohan Singh’s double-agent dilemma

Vinod Rai faults Manmohan Singh for failing to do his duty. But we should also trace the failure to a serious misalignment of principal-agent interests. MMS was doubly removed from the principal - the people of India - whose interests he was duty-bound to serve. #CAG #Congress #Manmohan Singh #Not Just An Accountant #Politics #Sanjaya Baru #Sonia Gandhi #UPA #Vinod Rai

Sep 12, 2014

The Forest Rights Act needs to go: Tribals aren’t part of a tiger reserve

The Forest Rights Act is a needless piece of misguided legislation intended to protect tribals, but it actually retards development and investment in the states that need them the most #Development #Forest Rights Act #Forest Rights act (2006) #InMyOpinion #Land acquisition #Modi government #ST population #Tribal Right #Vedanta

Sep 11, 2014

Decoding Obama’s speech on Islamic State: Back to waging remote controlled wars

President Obama's speech promising to destroy ISIL is really an articulation of his post-Iraq strategy of not sending American troops abroad but sticking to aerial bombings and assassinations. It won't ultimately eliminate terror #Barack Obama #Boko Haram #Hosni Mubarak #ISIS #Islamic terrorism #islamic-state #Wahabi Islam #World

Sep 11, 2014

Modi’s lopsided cabinet: Jaitley needs to let go of either finance or defence

The weakness of the Modi government is too many important portfolios is too few hands. A start should be made by divesting Arun Jaitley of the defence ministry, followed up by a full-fledged cabinet expansion #Arun Jaitley #Cabinet expansion #Defence #Energy #finance ministry #IB #InMyOpinion #Jaitley #Law Ministry #Modi Cabinet #Nitin Gadkari #Rajnath Singh #sushma swaraj

Sep 6, 2014

Can ‘open-door’ CBI chief Ranjit Sinha be shown the door? Probably not

The open house maintained by CBI Director Ranjit Sinha does not appear all that sensible. Will he be in the doghouse for his indiscretions? #2G scam #ADAG #CBI #CBI Director #Coalgate #CVC #HowThisWorks #India #Ishrat Jahan Case #Ranjit Sinha #Supreme Court

Sep 6, 2014

Another 26/11? LeT, ISI may strike India to compete with ‘expanding’ al-Qaeda

The danger of spectacular terrorism is greatest when terror factions are in competition with one another rather than at any other time. The threat of the LeT falling apart forced the ISI to scale up 26/11. We are entering that danger zone again #Al-Qaeda #global jihad #HowThisWorks #India #internal security #ISI #Islamic terrorism #Lashkar-e-Toiba #LeT #NSA #Taliban #Terrorism

Sep 4, 2014

What Pak’s crisis tells all Indians: Partition was an excellent idea

Contrary to what peace-wallahs think, it is not India's job to rescue Pakistan from theocratic mess or any other crisis they pass through. In fact, we would have been in every kind of sectarian strife if we had had a united India in 1947 #Akhand Bharat #Hindu Communalism #Imran Khan #India-Pakistan Ties #InMyOpinion #Muslim Theocracy #Nawaz Sharif #partition