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Rape: Indian mindset needs to change

As I write this, information is streaming in that the 23-year old physiotherapy student who was brutally gang-raped by half a dozen men in a moving bus and then dumped on the road has been airlifted to Singapore for treatment. She is a brave-heart. She has demonstrated extraordinary tenacity and will to live after such a murderous attack.
I am writing this piece after a pretty long time. I thought I would take a sabbatical. But then this incident which shook the nation did not allow me to rest. And this restlessness has resulted in expressing my innermost feelings.

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Knowing your limits is knowing the Constitution!

Vacuum does not auger well for the places of power and authority. Those places should always be occupied. If the persons or officials occupying any place of power or authority are not powerful enough and fail to exercise their authority properly, there are always efficient people in their area to replace them.
Whenever the government and administration's authority is limited or confined (for any reason) and it becomes difficult for the executive to wield its authority effectively, the judiciary becomes more strong and starts wielding the authority of the government and the administration. Any student of Constitution will tell this.

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Modi, media and me...

I have been a practising politician and a mediaperson for far too long. I have gathered the experience of 14 years as a parliamentarian and have led a media house for 40 years now. I am fully aware of the price you have to pay, even when you inadvertently land yourself into situations that can be fully exploited by others. I am also aware that both the media and the politicians are always poised to attack their prey when they find him in a weak moment.
Given the circumstances that obtained around that time, I should not have been present to receive the Tarun Kranti Puraskar-2012 being conferred by Tarun Award Council on July 29. Along with yoga guru Baba Ramdev,

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The NDA’s prime ministerial puzzle

In a democracy it is a good sign when the Opposition gets ready for the next round of the electoral battle and names it’s prime ministerial candidate in advance. The people then get adequate notice about the choice they have. In 2004, the Congress was in the Opposition and though it’s president Sonia Gandhi was the clear leader, she was never projected as the prime ministerial candidate. In fact Dr. Manmohan Singh, who ultimately became the Prime Minister, had not even contested the Lok Sabha elections.
But then as the principal opposition party, the BJP has demonstrated a remarkable obsession about its next prime ministerial candidate. To many neutral

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