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Foreign policy dictated by national interests is a prudent approach. All big powers at different times in their history have had to make hard choices and support despotic fanatic regimes for their larger national interest. It is almost a rite of passage in becoming a bigger power.

The ‘chhath’ festival celebrated in Bihar is the only festival where people worship the sun which is setting down contrary to the normal practise of offering prayers to a rising sun. But that doesn’t seem to be happening with Lalu.

JEEVIKA is the 2010 recipient of the 2010 Harriet Tubman Freedom Award, presented annually by Free the Slaves to one community-based organization that demonstrates how slavery can be dismantled and destroyed.

It is for Manmohan Singh to decide whether he wants to settle for marginal increases in growth rates, another round of talks with Pakistan; or whether he wants to be placed alongside Nehru as one of two principal makers of modern India.

New Delhi is proud of its indigenous development of ballistic missiles, but the reality is that massive investments in this area have yielded little real return and languid state-owned labs continue to dominate the military R&D sector.

The vision of Pakistan's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, that of a liberal, democratic society tolerant of religious minorities, has largely gone away. What can take its place is uncertain. This uncertainty has produced a sort of identity crisis in Pakistan.

Good governance balances growth with justice. And that's why accountability, transparency and whistleblowing are critical to ensure a level playing field for all stakeholders in the policy process. Until we get that balance right, India's grand narrative can wait.

A recent Open Letter to President Obama written by a host of well-known and experienced Afghan experts, which includes a recommendation to end the escalating war in Afghanistan and Pakistan through a power-sharing arrangement with the Taliban, presents itself as a realistic new alternative.

In a country where onion prices have had a definitive impact on electoral outcomes, the UPA government has announced measures for providing relief to consumers from the sudden rise in food prices. Most of the proposed measures are criticised as populist and ad hoc.

 

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