1. Is India hostage to Maoists?

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    The first collector of the newly-formed district of Sukma, Alex Paul Menon, clearly hadn’t read how his senior in the IAS, Vineel Krishna in Malkangiri district of Odisha was kidnapped last year. Following pretty much the same pattern of sending Maoists dressed as villagers, Alex, a 2006 batch IAS officer,...
  2. The UPA government of Italy?

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    Rome wasn’t built in a day. In the case of the Government of Italy, it took a little over two months to put adequate pressure on the Government of India, for it to deliver a shocker in the Supreme Court today. And a shock so startling that even the court...
  3. Do journalists sleep with the `enemy’?

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    Sampad Mahapatra was heading back from the jungle when we spoke. The `long’ phone conversation, however had to be split into four parts, thanks to the cellphone signals that kept dropping. My former colleague in NDTV, Odisha, Sampad was returning to Bhubaneswar after one of the most adventurous and dramatic...