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Thursday, June 01, 2006
A case of presidential overreach
If the Indian presidency is not quite a decorative or ceremonial post, it is supposed to be a far cry from an executive office it must not be allowed to be activist and set the terms for substantive policy-making, let alone be permitted ...
The task of keeping count
The importance of gathering population data in terms of accretions and erosions in real time cannot be overstated. The census provides decadal figures, but not a measure of year-on-year changes. The essential role of registration of births and ...
Leader Page Articles
Round table politics: jihad and kebabs
By Praveen Swami
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's round-table process calls for a transfiguration of political attitudes in New Delhi and Srinagar.
Unpredictable mid-term verdict on Bush
By Martin Kettle
IN THE history of editorial boo-boos, few can out-goof The Chicago Daily Tribune 's "Dewey defeats Truman" front page of November 1948. That classic humiliation is imprinted on the collective journalistic psyche, not just because a major ...
Corrections and clarifications
In "Kalam sends back Office of Profit Bill" (May 31, 2006, page 1), the sub-heading was "Says focus should be on evolving a just, fair criteria", while the sentence in the text was "Mr. Kalam said the focus of the Bill should be on evolving a ...
Temples and traditions
By A. Srivathsan
Opening up of temples and the priesthood to all castes is part of the fight against discrimination based on birth.
Syria's silent purge
By Simon Tisdall
Reasons for the regime's new bullishness lie largely beyond the country's borders.
Letters to the Editor
"The drug problem as we know it of late is a consequence of commercial exploitation"
Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, claims his office has been able to contain the problem of narcotics use. In an interview during a brief visit to Kolkata recently, he said more could be achieved only with societal participation. Excerpts:
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