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Confucian Constitution or convenient confusion?

Confucian Constitution or convenient confusion?

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China’s intellectuals and their sympathisers have begun to peddle a bold new argument. They have started to hit international forums with the claim that China’s system of governance, based as it is on pillars of Confucian wisdom, is not just superior to the liberal democratic system, it actually has more…

How to turn the tide

How to turn the tide

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently took over the finance port-folio. One of his first announcements was to re-examine the recently proposed General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) tax provisions. This is one of those rare occasions where i agree with the PM. I spent 11 years in international investment banking firms around…

Your body is God’s palace

Your body is God’s palace

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Creation has many aspects and among the various beautiful creations of God, the human body stands out prominently as His most wonderful creation. Swami Sivananda calls the body a mysterious moving palace within which God dwells. Buddhi or intellect is His prime minister; mind is the commander; the 10 indriyas…

Why blame doctors?

Why blame doctors?

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As i write this piece, there’s talk of a nationwide strike by the medical fraternity. On June 25, doctors, affiliated to the Indian Medical Association, plan to strike work, protesting the central government’s policies, including the setting up of a national commission for health. Any agitation is an index of…

Muddled Thinking

Muddled Thinking

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After months of dilly-dallying the main opposition party, the BJP, has finally decided to put up a presidential candidate against Congress-backed nominee Pranab Mukherjee. On Thursday, the BJP officially announced its decision to nominate former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma as its presidential candidate, even as the decision split…

Red tape republic

Red tape republic

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Passports are a basic citizenship document. Even a minimally decent standard of governance requires that citizens shouldn’t have to undergo a harrowing struggle before being granted such a document. But that is increasingly the case, as this newspaper has highlighted. Why that should be so reveals not only the state…

Hundred years of Indian cinema

Hundred years of Indian cinema

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Subhash Ghai’s film school in Mumbai has just held a celebration called Cinema 100, inaugurated by A R Rahman, and more celebrations are in order as we move to celebrate a hundred years of Indian cinema. When we commemorate these hundred years, what exactly do we celebrate? The making of…

Auction no panacea

Auction no panacea

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Governments have rarely lacked ingenuity for raising money and India is no exception. This is reflected in the government’s resolve to not only jack up the reserve prices for auction of the 2G spectrum to around 10 times the earlier levels, but reportedly also to extend the auction price to…

No time to lose

No time to lose

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It’s swelling into an overwhelming chorus now. Even many Congress Working Committee (CWC) members have come round to the view that the economy is the problem, to which the party’s electoral reverses can be attributed. In the circumstances, one would have expected Congress’s apex decision-making body to come out of…

Writing out the non-han

Writing out the non-han

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The conflict between the Philippines and China over the Scarborough Shoal may appear at first sight a minor dispute over an uninhabitable rock and surrounding shallow waters. But it is hugely important because it encapsulates China’s assumption that the histories of the non-Han peoples whose lands border two-thirds of the…

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