Stories By 'The Statesman'
It’s a pity that revealing the end of a film in a review is considered a spoiler. To me, a spoiler is a film that builds expectations and then dashes them to the ground.
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As reports of malnutrition in the midst of affluent subsistence trickle in from different parts of the country, it is deeply astonishing that what they call poshon (nutrition) programme for children has been suspended in Burdwan, till recently the rice bowl of West Bengal.
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The degree of anti-semitism in the United States of America has assumed horrific proportions with the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.
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Not even a person of average intellect—far removed from the rarefied world of economists—will find it hard to understand why the Nobel committee chose Paul Romer and William Nordhaus for the Prize in economics.
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That the Finance minister’s tweet after having briefed a press conference on his dubious plan to reduce oil prices by Rs 2.50 a litre should have been met by derision was only to be expected given that he had very recently argued that oil prices were not under his control.
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Opinion polls, particularly those conducted well in advance of elections are notoriously inaccurate, critics even wonder if some are deliberately slanted. Despite those realities the Congress party like the proverbial drowning man and a straw, will desperately clutch on to the poll which suggests that the party will regain Rajasthan, and despite the Prime Minister’s recent campaigning, Vasundhara Raje will make way for Sachin Pilot in Jaipur.
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