I’m glad the Indian Premier League has salvaged itself from denigrating into an India Pakistan Lafadaa series. It wasn’t for the first time that its overtly arrogant impresario, Lalit Modi placed big bucks riding on the tournament above national prestige. Read more

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Governance isn’t about promoting individuals. It’s about building institutions. On this count alone, one cannot quarrel with Home Minister P Chidambaram’s agenda for a national counter-terrorism center styled after a similarly named, post-9/11 US organization for a focused, unwavering fight against terrorism. In his pursuit, he’d make many toes curl. But the Griha Mantri isn’t expected to keep friendships if they weaken the country’s war on terror.

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I have tremendous personal regard for Aitzaz Ahsan who so bravely led the lawyers’ movement in Pakistan for the restoration of the higher judiciary Gen. Pervez Musharraf had sent packing. Besides, he’s also a veteran of Track-II diplomacy for peace between India and Pakistan alongside such well-known compatriots as Asma Jahangir, I A Rehman and Iqbal Haider, former law minister and co-chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Read more

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Individuals and institutions aren’t easily given to rethinking their approach. Not at least while riding a bandwagon driven by popular sentiments. What’s popular is saleable— even if it amounts to peddling hatred. Read more

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