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Protection of our children

By Barnes Mawrie If we look at any society in the world, since time immemorial, children have been considered as incapable of self determination and free decision. The adult caretakers (parents, teachers, elders etc) were usually invested with the authority to supervise them. This practice though sound in itself, has often led to the oppression and exploitation of children by malicious and manipulative adults. [Full Article...]

BJP has much to gain from huge NRI support base

By Kalyani Shankar Why is Prime Minister Narendra Modi wooing the Indian Diaspora? While Modi’s critics say that he is building up the brand Modi abroad, Modi is clear that with their support he could build a better image for himself. There are about 100 million Indians living abroad and he obviously feels that their power should be harnessed for the growth of India [Full Article...]

Transparency in public affairs and role of the media

By Patricia Mukhim The caption of this article is borrowed from the Press Council of India’s theme for this year’s National Press Day observation. Annual observances tend to degenerate into rigmarole.  I wonder if there is any change of heart in anyone. The panellists who speak at such functions perform a task.  The captive audience of practising journalists and those from the local colleges [Full Article...]

Countering another string of pearls

By T. P. Sreenivasan  For a handful of islands scattered on the Australia-U.S. trunk route in the Pacific, with less than a million people, Fiji is new to international rivalries. The South Pacific has been a western lake with the happy co-existence of the U.S., France and Australia, inevitably dominated by Australia’s commercial interests. Some ripples occasionally disturbed the placidity of these waters when [Full Article...]

Connectivity must figure at SAARC Summit

South Asia free trade agreement has to be a reality By Ashok B Sharma If South Asia plans to consolidate and further integrate itself, it needs to learn much from the experiences of South-East Asian countries that are moving towards an ASEAN Economic Community hopefully by 2015. About 80 per cent of the spadework have been done for the process of integration, only 20 [Full Article...]

Countering another string of pearls

By T. P. Sreenivasan For a handful of islands scattered on the Australia-U.S. trunk route in the Pacific, with less than a million people, Fiji is new to international rivalries. The South Pacific has been a western lake with the happy co-existence of the U.S., France and Australia, inevitably dominated by Australia’s commercial interests. Some ripples occasionally disturbed the placidity of these waters when [Full Article...]

Connectivity must figure at SAARC Summit

South Asia free trade agreement has to be a reality By Ashok B Sharma If South Asia plans to consolidate and further integrate itself, it needs to learn much from the experiences of South-East Asian countries that are moving towards an ASEAN Economic Community hopefully by 2015. About 80 per cent of the spadework have been done for the process of integration, only 20 [Full Article...]

Politics gets more cynical

Modi’s reshuffle & Maharashtra mess By Praful Bidwai All those who expected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliver on his election-campaign promise of cleaning up Indian politics of money power and crime, making a break with short-term caste-and-community calculations, and placing merit above personal loyalty, would be sorely disappointed at his cabinet reshuffle, including the induction of 21 new ministers. The composition of his [Full Article...]