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The option has to be exercised, either for rationality or for black magic. Should you want to vote for the Left Front in West Bengal and, at the same time, be besotted by the Missionaries of Charity, let us talk turkey, you might as well join the parivar presided over by the Singhals and the Togadias.

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Grandiloquence and India's ministers are usually inseparable. The deputy prime minister has proposed a new legislation which will make the death penalty mandatory for crimes against women. The defence minister has chosen to go one better. But the ministers should cut down on their hyperbole and concentrate on relatively small matters, such as the nightmare a 27-year old housewife, resident in the village of Balaghat in the district of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, has been going through since last July.

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Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence is fast occupying the space in official lexicon the communists occupied half a century ago. The ISI is no innocent abroad, but the problem arises with the gradual abdication of a sense of proportion in establishment mindsets. And why blame the establishment alone? It is a national propensity. Our love for exaggerating things defines our existence.

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India has always been in the forefront where supplying of revolutionary ideas in the realm of philosophy, including economic philosophy, is concerned. It is therefore not at all surprising that, even in the matter of taxation, a historic departure has been heralded by a report recently submitted by a committee set up by the government of India. The committee has dared to dare.

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If disinvestment boils down to a network of arrangements which enables those close to the centre of power to make mindboggling profit on their money, while the rest of the species are condemned to a paltry profit, none amongst the latter will be agreeable to graze in the village common any more; about everyone who has the animal instinct implanted in him or her will try to cultivate the appropriate contacts.

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It is a full decade since Ashok Rudra has been gone. There will be never another one like him.

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The minister for justice in Germany can compare George W Bush with Adolf Hitler, irrespective of consequences. We cannot tell off even a mere assistant secretary of the US government when he pitches a peremptory demand. That is what defines compradordom.

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Had our policy-makers played their cards well and not allowed themselves to be led astray by notions of imperial grandeur, we, instead of insignificant Norway, could have played the decisive role to bring the Sinhalese and the Tamils together in Sri Lanka. There would have been a rich pay-off from that success. Dreams, idle dreams.

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Our star cricketers, some of whom reputedly earn anything between 20 and 50 crore rupees annually, should have the modesty to admit what they owe to the nation's poor. It is because the poor are oppressed and exploited that the cozy consumer goods market, backed by ample purchasing power, has emerged. The cricketers may have divine talent, but it would not have earned them their living had the poor, by their abnegation, either voluntary or forced, not paved the way for the creation of fabulous wealth on the part of the nation's cricketers.

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As long as the belief persists amongst a sizeable number of political craftsmen that the Nehru-Gandhis are indispensable for the nation, the majority of the electorate will be stubborn enough to travel perversely toward the direction of the BJP, the pull of one irrationality will subdue that of the other.

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Having preached for so long the mantra of Kashmir being an integral and inalienable part of India and international meddling in the matter was not on, to agree to the American proposal is going to be a bitter pill to swallow. It might well have serious electoral implications in view of the BJP's dismal performance in the recent series of elections.

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