BJP has nothing to do with ‘ghar wapsi’ — we’re growing through steps like ‘booth pravasi’
, Om Mathur  - Times of India
The party has been facing such accusations since its inception. So-called secular parties should revise this. No senior leader has ever spoken communally. Development is the only agenda the party will bank on in Uttar Pradesh. People want development-oriented, corruption-free government — BJP’s emerged as an alternative.
'A Mahadalit should be CM is Bihar after polls'
, Jitan Ram Manjhi  - Hindu
Jitan Ram Manjhi (70) became chief minister of Bihar after Nitish Kumar quit in May 2014 owning moral responsibility for Janata Dal (United)’s rout in the Lok Sabha election. Hailing from the Mahadalit Musahar community, Mr Manjhi has charted a course of his own in the last seven months.
Why Dhoni is a true Indian hero
, Mahendra Singh Dhoni  - Mail Today
Is Mahendra Singh Dhoni the most extraordinary man to have ever played cricket for India? I would not like to answer that question with a direct yes or no. But I think he is a hero. Cricket is a unique game. It is genteel — there is no rolling around in the mud, no targeting kneecaps with sharp studs. At the same time, it is one of the most dangerous team sports played on earth — a leather ball comes at your face at 140 kmph from just 20 yards away; think of your face.
‘Global economy is going back to the days when US, China, India led’
, Subir Gokarn, Deputy Governor, RBI  - Indian Express
Brookings India Director of Research and former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India Subir Gokarn talks to P Vaidyanathan Iyer on a range of economic issues that are topical today.
Citizen of a larger world
, BG Verghese  - Indian Express
B.G. Verghese, who passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday, always looked beyond borders, and had come to believe that the well-being of the people of India was intrinsically linked with the well-being of its neighbours. Years ago, it was he who first thought and wrote about the “irrelevance of borders”, a phrase now often used in South Asian peace dialogues, although without much success.
An editor and gentleman who was always prepared for a rainy day
, BG Verghese  - Business Standard
In everyone's career, there are always some benefactors. Often, they don't even know that they had helped you along, or how. For me, George Verghese, one of the few gentlemen in a profession where they are in short supply, was one of three such persons.
With reforms, India can run a wonderful marathon
, Uday Kotak  - Economic Times
Instead of a steroid-fuelled sprint, India should focus on steady growth built on fundamentals, says Uday Kotak. India is undergoing a structural transformation, which is a lot tougher to carry out than first-generation economic reforms. This government is prioritising small but vital issues.
An Adroit Leader
, Barack Obama  - Times of India
Near the end of his sixth year in power, what kind of a president has Barack Obama been? Is he a hesitant Hamlet, who doesn’t have the chutzpah to lead like dashing US presidents of the past? Or, is he the right leader for troubled times?
A man with rich administrative experience
, Raghbubar Das  - IANS
Ranchi, Dec 26 - Raghbubar Das, who is set to be the first non-tribal chief minister of Jharkhand, has rich administrative experience, thanks to his two stints as a minister as well as deputy chief minister.
From mystery man to Mistry, the man
, Cyrus Pallonji Mistry  - Financial Express
To become the man responsible for the livelihoods of more than 6 lakh people and a global business group with over $100 billion in revenues at a time of economic volatility around the world cannot be an easy task. It requires the ability to absorb enormous pressure, focus on fixing immediate blips without losing sight of the bigger, long-term picture.
India will achieve double digit growth in 3-4 years’
, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala  - Hindustan Times
One thing that strikes about Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s office in south Mumbai is the number of books it holds; on tables, in shelves, on lofts. They seem misplaced. For a man who epitomises capitalism and the principle of making money, the last image people would have is of him poring over books. But Rakesh Jhunjhunwala revels in surprising. Like his strong views against investment in e-commerce at the current valuations.
A passionate yogi of the world
, Baba Amte  - Hindu
Baba Amte would have entered his 100th year tomorrow. I have really struggled to write this tribute. Often this owes to one’s closeness to the person. This is not my excuse. Yes, in many ways, Baba played a decisive role in the course my life has taken. He gave the organisation ten of us cofounded in 1990 its name — Samaj Pragati Sahayog.
The man with the Midas touch
, Amit Shah  - Mint
On 16 May, from the confines of the back room, Amit Shah proved all naysayers wrong and scripted a dream majority for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha. Months later, elevated as the party’s president, he has worked with the BJP’s talisman, Narendra Modi, to wrest power in three states—Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand—and helped it post its best electoral performance in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
From a footnote to the forefront
, AR Venkatachalapathy  - Hindu
The death centenary of C. Iyodhee Thass Pandithar (1845-1914) has passed practically unnoticed. But for a few Tamil magazines and some Dalit intellectuals, no one seems to have commemorated it. When I suggested his name to a scholar-administrator seeking nominations for a scheme of the Ministry of Culture, which celebrates the centenaries of leading Indian personalities, I had to write a follow-up mail outlining who he was.
Creator of the moderate BJP
, Atal Bihari Vajpayee  - Hindustan Times
Omar Abdullah is right. The UPA should have risen above politics and conferred the Bharat Ratna on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee — as the Narendra Modi government is reportedly proposing to do. It is a befitting honour for a distinguished life that featured many parts: As a feisty younger contemporary of Jawaharlal Nehru, a brilliant parliamentarian, an astute foreign affairs thinker and a moderniser within the BJP who went on to be a highly influential prime minister.
'Arab Spring has now turned into a winter'
, Gilbert Achcar  - Hindu
It began on December 18, 2010, as a popular uprising triggered by the self–immolation of Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, protesting against the country’s corrupt and autocratic regime.
Turbulence in the sky
, Kalanithi Maran  - Business Standard
Media tycoon Kalanithi Maran, who has for years made news for paying himself and his wife the highest salaries in India, is now facing turbulent times. SpiceJet, the budget airline that the 50-year-old chairman and managing director of Sun Group owns, is in trouble.
I told Congress MPs the insurance Bill was theirs
, Chandan Mitra, Senior BJP leader  - Mint
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chandan Mitra , who was chairman of the Rajya Sabha select committee that recently submitted a report endorsing the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008—with support from the Congress party—says he won over Congress members of Parliament (MPs) by persuading them it was “their Bill”.
PM Modi a man on a mission with a clear vision
, Tulsi Gabbard  - Economic Times
Representing Hawaii's second congressional district, Tulsi Gabbard is the lone Hindu lawmaker in the US. A former veteran of America's Iraq Operations, Gabbard was elected to the US Congress in 2013 by securing over 80 per cent of the total votes.
‘The nerd culture is changing’
, Michael S Malone  - Business Line
Not many have chronicled the birth and boom of technology capitalism in the US the way Michael S Malone has through his writings over the past two decades. Journalist, author, investor and broadcaster, Malone has tracked trends in technology with unmatched eagerness and lucidity. His latest work, The Intel Trinity , traces the history of the technology giant. Business Line met Malone at Intel Capital Summit held recently in California.
Fears over Sanskrit are emotional – with clear caste and overtones
, Ganesh Devy  - Times of India
Today, very few people claim Sanskrit as their first language – it’s not possible to buy a train ticket or even get Ayurveda medicine using Sanskrit. It is not a language of use any more. It’s not been a language of use in India since the 17th century – and we’re now in the 21st century. So, to whip up emotions about losing Sanskrit, then reviving it, is a purely emotive effort.
Defence backlog needs immediate attention
, Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister  - Sunday Guardian
A decade of serious neglect of the defence sector by the UPA government has left several key decisions pending, says newly appointed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Guardian. Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought in the former Goa Chief Minister, who has a reputation for being honest and hardworking, to set matters straight.
Saradha scam: The fall of a fierce Mamata loyalist
, Madan Mitra  - Times of India
He swears by Mamata Banerjee and stood firmly by her side in hours of crisis. Madan Mitra's unfailing loyalty to Didi paid him rich dividends when Mamata Banerjee first made him a minister of state and shortly thereafter, elevated him to cabinet minister. His fall has been equally dramatic, if not sudden.
A star that shone bright and showed the way
, Sitara Devi  - Pioneer
I can never forget that vivacious laughter, which announced Sitara Devi’s larger-than-life presence in my childhood home. Whenever she came to meet my mother, over cups of tea and her favourite dry fruits and snacks, she would regale us with wonderful stories from her different performances. After all, she was the legend, who had dominated the world of Kathak since the 1930s.
‘We don’t intend to go witch-hunting’
, Manohar Lal Khattar  - Indian Express
Manohar Lal Khattar has been media shy since he took over as Chief Minister of Haryana. In his first interview since taking charge, he speaks to Vipin Pubby about his government’s vision, priorities and policies.
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