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Congress ‘left’ will not allow economic reform

At a time of rising inflation and high oil prices, the left-wing faction within the Congress is unlikely to allow any market-friendly economic reforms before the general elections, writes Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Give Democracy A Chance

The proponents of Kashmir's Azadi from India and India's from Kashmir have lost sight of the defining aspect of the last 25 years – Pakistan's sustained political interference which enabled it to create a large, well-funded and armed militancy, writes ASIF SYED. What was called 'moral support' to a political movement actually meant cross-border training camps for militants, widespread distribution of arms and ammunition, the involvement of Afghan and other foreign 'mujahideen' and the infusion of a fundamentalist Islam alien to Kashmir. The ubiquitous AK-47 was not part of India's plan