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Hazare also serves

Politics is not the preserve of the elected; activists, too, contribute immensely.

The most immediately pertinent aspect of Anna Hazare’s dramatic fast-unto-death campaign over the Lok Pal Bill is that it has tapped into, and represents, a wider social concern on corruption..

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Vestige of the past

Long-term, we must de-regulate interest rates on savings bank deposits.

In a move reminiscent of the Bombay Club of industrialists who opposed the opening up of the economy in the early 1990s, bankers have almost unanimously opposed de-regulation of interest rates on savi..

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With the Windsors

After the royal cake makes the cut, India presents a sweet opportunity.

Fiona Cairns bagging the order for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake should not surprise anyone. Especially in light of the fact that it was Kishore Patel, the Gujarati husband..

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Support Anti-Gaddafi Strikes

India does itself and Arab democracy a disservice by not supporting strikes on Gaddafi.Sovereignty cannot be a shield for unfettered murder of democratic protesters.The principle of subsidiarity insulates democratic India from unwelcome intrusions.

When the UN Security Council voted on external intervention in Libya to stop the massacre of rebels by the Gaddafi regime, India abstained. In domestic debates on the subject, too, the government has kept mum. An old Malayalam description of thin..

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Japan's poise, after the Quake

Tamiki Hara, a Japanese master of limpid prose, was in his hometown of Hiroshima to inter the ashes of his dead wife when the bomb completely decimated the city, destroyed thousands of lives and dashed permanently the hopes of those who survived. Ha.. Author: Rakesh Bedi

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Inflation: Don't overreact

Starting the delayed mining projects and inter-state farm trade will help more than raising interest rates.

Inflation, inflation, inflation — the bugbear refuses to go away. The central bank raised its estimate for the wholesale price index (WPI) to 8% for March 2011, up a percentage point since its last estimate in January. Recall the first estimat..

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Food, fibre locked in battle for acres

Cotton threatens pulses, grains and oilseeds.

We know the only way to bring down food inflation is to produce more of what people eat. But hey, someone tell the Indian farmer. Because this summer, the biggest crowd-puller in the countryside is cotton that looks all set to snatch acreage from pu.. Author: Nidhi Nath Srinivas

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Creative Capital

Spencer Ante

A legendary professor at Harvard Business School for 40 years, Georges Doriot was a pivotal player in the founding of the modern venture capital industry. In the wake of World War II, Doriot helped found the world's first public venture capital firm, American Research and Development... In hindsight..

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Tolerance is a Key Virtue

Vithal C Nadkarni

A silhouette of that French Gadfly of Reason, Voltaire, serves as an emblem for the new art of the enlightenment exhibition in the recently refurbished National Museum in Beijing. The work, which is attributed to Johann Heinrich Lips, shows the philosopher-polemist holding a lantern that shines a li..

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Rise of the deadly superbugs

Only a global effort to stop misuse of antibiotics will save mankind from drug-resistant microbes.

We have been hearing a lot about superbugs in recent years for both right and wrong reasons. Right, because these bugs are difficult to treat with antibiotics, the wonder drugs of modern medicine, and, therefore, such superbugs could potentially cau.. Author: DR Samlee Plianbangchang

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Riding India-EU Trade Highway

The comprehensive agreement will allow both partners access to market and technology.

As we move into the endgame of negotiations over the comprehensive India-EU trade agreement, it is becoming clear that this pact will provide powerful public acknowledgement to the importance of the future trade relationship between these two nat.. Author: Anmol Nayyar

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