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Captain GR Gopinath

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    ...A luminous mind extinguished. A lithe, vibrant, sylph-like woman cut down by a hail of bullets by unknown assailants. Gauri Lankesh was irrepressible and irreverent. Fired with a crusading zeal she challenged and confronted right wing bigots and zealots, often fighting for the cause of the poor and the marginalised. She took up cudgels on behalf of the Naxals and she lionised the left leaning student leaders. Not a card carrying communist, but a fire breathing socialist and journalist-activist. That was her public persona. In private, she was caring , humane and loving. To all appearances it was carried out by unknown, faceless, nameless contract killers. As former IGP Intelligence Karnataka Gopal Hosur said in a recent interview, it could have been ordered by ideological opponents, or by some one connected to her private life, or by others related to her professional or business matters. ...

    TOI on Sept. 14, 2017, 1:56 p.m.

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    ...The great, lumbering Indian Railways will qualify without a blink. If you were to sack a railway minister for negligence and incompetence on occurrence of accidents, you would probably need a dozen or more new ministers every year. While you may object, many MPs may welcome it- almost all will get a shot at the coveted chair. The public sector business model that evolved under Jawahar Lal Nehru, is readily pilloried and derided by the right wing ideologues for all the economic woes facing the country for adhering to socialist policies. But, for all their aggressive rhetoric, they are not ready to usher in reforms and privatise the Railway sector, the very symbol of a State mired in business, when they are catapulted to power. The economic model followed by Nehru was a legacy of the British and not communist Russia as many presume. ...

    TOI on Aug. 28, 2017, 10:14 a.m.

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    ...You can’t fault Prime Minister Modi legally or politically. He has been faultless to the T, technically speaking. He reminds you of Napoleon, who Emerson said of him – “is never weak and literary, but acts with with the solidity and precision of natural agents. He has not lost his native sense and sympathy with things. Men give way before such a man, as before natural events. ...

    TOI on March 20, 2017, 4:02 p.m.



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    ...Is it to impose their will?” They should have posed the question differently and also answered: ” Why can’t all Indian citizens come under one common civil code?” Many are well known lawyers and articulate spokes persons and well versed in the logic of dialectics and one can rarely win an argument with them. One can only guess whether they are truly fanatical secularists with a twisted logic, a kind of ‘ liberal conservative’ or their utterances are purely political in nature, to appease the muslims, without a personal belief, but dictated by the adversarial relationships of their party with the the BJP. And so you can’t hold it against them if their outbursts are mere politics of the moment. ...

    TOI on Oct. 17, 2016, 11:46 p.m.

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    ...The Appollo hospital put out a brief bulletin that she is on respiratory support and responding well to treatment. The nonagenarian opposition leader, her bête noire, the ageing DMK leader and former CM of the state, M Karunanidhi, while wishing her speedy recovery, urged the state government to put out official announcements regularly on the status of her health to quell the wild rumours about Jayalalithaa so that the public are reassured and stop speculating. Arrest warrants were issued by the state police against a few mischief mongers who spread falsehoods that Jayalalithaa was dead, reminding one of the famous quips by Mark Twain, who when told that a newspaper had carried a report about his death and another had published even an obituary, – “Rumours of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Hiding, suppressing and dissembling the condition of the health of a leader, both in politics and business are not uncommon. ...

    TOI on Oct. 12, 2016, 7:06 p.m.

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    ..."That was the communication by the Director General Of Military Operations, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, through a terse and brief statement. It was a somber announcement devoid of any cockiness or overt bravado, befitting the occasion. In the wake of that, the public mood was upbeat. Politicians cutting across party lines spoke in one voice commending the Prime Minister and lauding the army. The news cheered the public, the mood was upbeat and there was appreciation that the government showed resolve and retaliated swiftly against Pakistan, which facilitated and abetted terrorism by training and funding jihadis and offering them a safe hideout in their country. ...

    NDTV on Oct. 7, 2016, midnight