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    ...This writer has not seen the post and cannot comment on its contents. Yet, the organised riots that followed the uploading of the post, however distasteful it may have been, suggest something more than a spontaneous and outraged response by ordinary, God-fearing Muslims. Mobs spread out, burnt down buildings, damaged public property and targeted Hindu houses. This led to a flight of Hindus from mixed-population neighbourhoods. There was a Hindu counter-mobilisation, followed by a Muslim response to that as well. The unfortunate cycle continues and is spreading in its geographical expanse. Three days ago, an aged man, a Hindu as it happened, was stabbed and killed in Basirhat town, while on his way home. What is telling in this entire episode is the reaction of the Trinamul Congress government. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on July 9, 2017, 12:48 a.m.

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    ...True, there will be initial hiccups and genuine compliance confusion. Yet, fairly soon, the positive impact of GST should be available. Many of India’s strategic objectives, including the creation of a more robust manufacturing economy, cannot be realised without an effective GST-type regime and a transparent and digitally verifiable tax continuum. Pre-GST, it was possible for importers, traders and retailers, at various points in the transaction chain, to buy goods abroad (in Bangkok or Guangdong for instance), declare fewer quantities than imported and sell without receipts. There was tax avoidance at several stages. ...

    TOI on July 1, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...Globally, a variety of actors are still coming to terms with the Trump phenomenon and the Trump disruption. Trump has accentuated protectionist trends that, to be fair, were forming in the US even before he entered the Oval Office. He has driven a knife into the multilateral system. He is spoiling for a fight with traditional European powers such as Germany and France. On responding to Islamist ideologies incubated in the Arabian Peninsula or to the rise of China, he has opportunistically gone back on campaign positions when it has suited him. It is important to understand which of these issues concern India and which are less relevant to it. If one considers the heads of government who have so far visited Trump or engaged with him, the most anxious have been either close US allies — Japan, South Korea, the big European powers — or strategic adversaries, such as China. The first have been dependent on an American security cover. ...

    TOI on June 19, 2017, 11:52 p.m.

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    ...Directly obtained data, information derived from usage patterns — it could be something as simple as your mobile phone company knowing your route to work and where you stop every evening for a drink — and the ability of technology to draw upon ambient noise and learn habits about your consumption and lifestyle that you may not quite have shared: the risks to privacy are both innumerable and inevitable. In much of the world, the real debate about data is not so much about a national identity card used for accessing public services — or indeed the creation of an identity platform such as Aadhaar on top of which service providers, public and private, can build and base their apps. The real debate is about large Internet companies — whether Facebook or Google, Amazon or Microsoft — that are repositories of enormous data. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on June 11, 2017, 1:03 a.m.

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    ...As a marvel of connectivity located near the Arunachal Pradesh border with China, it has economic and strategic implications. Sadiya town, where the bridge ends — or begins, depending on how you see it — is the birthplace of the late Bhupen Hazarika. Balladeer, musician, poet, film-maker, intellectual, Hazarika was and remains one of Assam’s greatest and most loved children. In a state that has frequently been marked by linguistic, religious and ethnic differences, Bhupen Hazarika is a remarkable unifying factor. He was the lyrical biographer of the Brahmaputra and it was appropriate that Mr Modi named the bridge after him. Congress politicians and partisans responded to the inauguration of the bridge with a peculiar protest. The bridge, they said, had nothing to do with Mr Modi and his government. Construction had begun in 2011, under the UPA government, and plans for the bridge had been finalised in 2009-10. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on May 28, 2017, 1:07 a.m.

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    ...He frequently found mention in the 10 years of the UPA government (2004-14) for suspicious deals, including to do with the broader telecom scandal. In the current case, a company owned by him was contracted as a consultant by an investor — Peter Mukerjea’s INX Media — that had run into trouble for violating income-tax rules and Foreign Investment Promotion Board norms. The accusation is that Karti Chidambaram was used to influence the authorities and bail out INX Media. At that time, his father was finance minister. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on May 18, 2017, 12:39 a.m.

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    ...In Assam, the state government wants to convert the hotel into a state guest house. The Rajasthan government plans to refurbish the hotel, probably with a private partner. The MP government is looking to build a large convention centre, again with likely private sector participation. The CCEA press release emphasised “running and managing hotels on professional lines [was] not the work of the government or its entities”. This is a welcome iteration by the BJP-led government of the need for clarity on areas that are better left to market forces, and where state intervention should be minimal and confined to policy and regulation. It is not as if the government has been unmindful of this. ...

    TOI on May 6, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...A majority had, of course, won the previous election. It was not as if all of them had done poorly as councillors. Some had creditable records but suffered due to the impatient mood of the capital — known to have a volatile electoral history, prone to dramatic swings — and the general perception that the BJP-run councils had severely underperformed. In removing the 2012 candidates, the BJP achieved two things. First, it negated the anti-incumbency sentiment to quite a degree and facilitated a narrative whereby it asked voters to select not indifferent to poor local representatives but a national sentiment in favour of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Second, it achieved a generational shift in Delhi politics, a process that had been unduly delayed since 2008, when the party old guard nominated Vijay Kumar Malhotra (born 1931) as the chief ministerial candidate for the Assembly election. That nomination had a cascading effect. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on April 30, 2017, 1:24 a.m.