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Politics before security: The NCTC debate

In our country the multi-faceted forces of terrorism  regularly serve reminders of the grim consequences of  their acts. The security forces do fight the challenge bravely, but then the brutality and the escalating scale of violence is such that it does not allow the public mind to have any feeling of safety. We are often accused of being a soft state. This is not because the security forces are weak-kneed. This is because we have exhibited a lack of collective political will to overcome this hurdle to our national security. We have been remarkably sluggish and inefficient in evolving mechanisms that could equip us better to fight this menace.

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All with a pinch of salt

If the flurry of surveys appearing in diverse publications is to be taken seriously then the UPA-2 has all but lost the next general elections to be held in 2014. Moreover, without getting into the details, the Gujarat chief  minister Narendra Modi has also become the prime minister!. The assumed air of authority and finality of these would like us to believe  what is left unfinished is the small task of holding the actual elections, and then waiting for the votes to be counted, but the result is foregone conclusion
As a parliamentarian, I am glad that the people do not take these surveys .seriously, and when it comes to exercising their franchise they do it with their

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The muck in our sports

Only the naïve and the foolish would be surprised by the revelations of the spot-fixing scandal in IPL. Given the way we have been managing our games and sports, this is the only possible outcome. After all, didn’t the IOC throw us out of the Olympic games? People have a tendency to blame the big bucks in cricket for the mess, and they raise irrational demands like ending the IPL. Let us understand, the mess in IPL is the symptom of the bigger malaise that ails our sports. If at all any cleansing has to come, then it has to be all embracing. True, the BCC I chief N Srinivasan is at the peak of this rot, and needs no mercy, but then no one is blameless.

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Democracy in Pakistan: Not a few reasons to cheer

In our country, we have become used to democratic transition of power. More than six decades after the British left our shores, and we gave ourselves a Westminister style parliamentary democracy, governments have changed hands both at the state and the Central level with a maturity that has earned us the ungrudging respect and admiration all over the globe as the biggest functioning democracy. But unfortunately, this has not been the case with our neighbour -- Pakistan. For reasons that are too numerous to be recounted in this brief essay, they have not been able to have a democratic system. Self-appointed guardians of the democratic system have attributed it to various elements,

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