Tag: Statesman Opinion

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  • Unity in Creation

    Unity in Creation

    If souls were to be mortal and rebirth a lie, there would be no need for human beings to become moral and virtuous. If human life were to be a one-off, zero-sum game, we would have all the reasons to sow all our wild oats, without caring for any rules and laws of communal life. There would be complete chaos and anarchy all around. The phenomenon of rebirth and afterlife, by keeping us on the straight and narrow path, actually keeps us motivated for being good and righteous.

    August 15, 2019
  • A new India asserts itself

    A new India asserts itself

    Since Balakote, terrorism in Kashmir has begun receding. Infiltration is down to a trickle as Indian response has grown stronger.

    July 30, 2019
  • Contrasting Models

    Contrasting Models

    Mamata has also demonstrated that to ensure enduring success, it is important to involve the larger and neglected segments of society and address their issues of livelihood. On the contrary, Sheila Dikshit‘s success, bereft of her own political base, proved that like many other women politicians in post-Independent India, she too inherited a political office thanks to family connections and personal loyalty. She is an example of leaders who are imposed from above rather than having risen from the grassroots.

    July 30, 2019
  • Not exonerated

    Not exonerated

    Mr Mueller’s declaration that the President has not been exonerated resonates on Capitol Hill and the presidential echo chambers generally.

    July 27, 2019
  • An Unnerving Victory

    An Unnerving Victory

    The lesson for Mr Johnson is that when centre right politicians adopt the language and policies of populist nationalism, it is the hardliners who stand to gain.

    July 26, 2019
  • ‘Silent fiscal crisis’

    ‘Silent fiscal crisis’

    The Economic Survey also talked of a planned Rs 11.5-lakh crore mop-up from direct taxes and Rs 7.43-lakh crore from GST in 2018-19; numbers that stand belied.

    July 26, 2019
  • UK’s perilous climate

    UK’s perilous climate

    Mr Johnson is expected to be announced as the victor over Jeremy Hunt in the vote of Conservative members.

    July 24, 2019
  • When the media failed

    When the media failed

    By meekly capitulating to the ruling establishment, the ‘liberal‘ media looks almost as effete as to be considered dead. And the media, in general, is too polarised to be called unbiased in India. Until the country's media reorients itself, choosing the imperative to uphold the truth over existential threats to its survival, it cannot regain its credibility.

    July 19, 2019
  • The Thai facade

    The Thai facade

    It redounds to Prayuth’s credit that the faint stirrings of democracy were evident last week when he ended various restrictions on the media

    July 19, 2019
  • In prison still…

    In prison still…

    While ICJ’s rulings are final and without appeal, it is unclear what exactly would constitute an effective review of Jadhav’s sentence.

    July 19, 2019
  • Trump’s Twitter Tirade

    Trump’s Twitter Tirade

    Last weekend he authorised raids without warrants on thousands of families as part of his attempt to deport 11 million undocumented migrants, many of whom have lived in the country for years.

    July 18, 2019
  • A flawed democracy~I

    A flawed democracy~I

    India has been grouped under 'flawed democracies'. This is not too distressing considering the gargantuan scale of the electoral exercise. The free and fair elections honouring basic civil liberties in India face certain inherent challenges, risks and systemic and procedural constraints.

    July 11, 2019
  • The crisis deepens

    The crisis deepens

    On closer reflection, both nations are responsible for “this crisis” ~ the most insidious in the region after the Anglo-US invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

    July 9, 2019
  • Winter pollution, but what about summers in Delhi?

    Winter pollution, but what about summers in Delhi?

    Some long-term holistic solution needs to be launched to tackle air pollution before it becomes a national issue.

    July 3, 2019
  • One score and more

    One score and more

    It was more than obvious on Monday that Hong Kong’s citizenry has little or no faith in the assurances of the chief executive, Carrie Lam, vis-a-vis the extradition bill.

    July 3, 2019
  • Talks with Pakistan on Kashmir not possible

    Talks with Pakistan on Kashmir not possible

    The Pakistan army has gained the maximum by adopting this policy. It has twisted history and engulfed its population with the belief that India is an eternal enemy and seeks to destroy them.

    July 2, 2019
  • Borderline showboating

    Borderline showboating

    There is reason why Trump’s predecessors, who were not as impetuous as he is, never did this, just as they never met Mr Kim’s father and grandfather.

    July 2, 2019