Wednesday, March 3

Opinion

Arnab Goswami can chill. Congress won’t come after him because of ‘Mahatma’ syndrome
Highlights, India, Opinion

Arnab Goswami can chill. Congress won’t come after him because of ‘Mahatma’ syndrome

Where is Rahul Gandhi? Still eating a scrumptious meal at pongal celebrations in Tamil Nadu? Of course, my questions should be directed at the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and “AS” — initials of a person found on Arnab Goswami’s WhatsApp chats allegedly with former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta. But as a political analyst, all I can do is question in black and white, state facts and hope someone will read and take notice. But outrage is strictly the opposition’s territory. If we are expected to outrage on their behalf, then India might as well be a single political party pseudo-democracy. Where are the acerbic questions from the opposition? And where’s the holier than thou television media, whose anchors were reading out to their viewers leaked chat messages from the p...
China is so fixed on the US, it may lose India
Opinion, World

China is so fixed on the US, it may lose India

Two significant events related to China's foreign relations took place in mid-June: a bloody clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers near the Galwan Valley along the disputed border, and a special meeting in Hawaii between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Yang Jiechi, director of the Office of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Foreign Affairs Commission. The border clash has since dominated Indian news and public discussions but barely made headlines in China. Meanwhile, the Pompeo-Yang meeting, which focused on a variety of issues, from Hong Kong and Taiwan to trade relations, garnered much attention by Chinese official media and social media. China's muted response to the border clash and its enthusiasm about the Hawaii meeting is quite telling of its diplomatic priority. ...
Fighting Covid-19: How to Overcome Trust Deficit?
Highlights, India, Opinion

Fighting Covid-19: How to Overcome Trust Deficit?

In the wake of Covid-19 when most of the countries were forced to impose lockdown, Sweden took a different approach relying on people to monitor themselves hoping its high trust society and people will listen to government.  Instead of lockdown, Sweden perceived that social distancing is a matter of self-regulation and people will use their own judgment to move in the right direction. Citizens were instructed to use their judgment, and to take individual responsibility within a framework that rested on mutual trust, rather than top-down control. Sweden’s approach was neither a success nor a failure as such. The deadly nature of the virus proved that the ‘trust’ failed to stop the spread of the virus as social distancing norms were not adhered to the extent it was required as restaurants...
Do we need new Internet:  Surveillance posing serious threat to freedom?
Opinion, Technology

Do we need new Internet: Surveillance posing serious threat to freedom?

Democracies thrive on well-informed public opinion which demands free media and free flow of information.  The digital age was expected to facilitate information empowerment of masses but the opposite has occurred. The initial phase of digital revolution provided diverse sources of news and information and an increase in pluralism. But the present phase, is witnessing highly misinformed and manipulated “choices”. The increasing control of information, now conveniently being termed as ‘data’, has restricted exposure to differing viewpoints and various perspectives of real issues. Powerful information giants are dominating the cyber space. The global giants Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft collecting all kind of data on us and are in control of huge amount of data on each one...
Lipu Lekh: The past, present and future of the Nepal-India stand-off
India, Opinion

Lipu Lekh: The past, present and future of the Nepal-India stand-off

Two of the world’s closest neighbours, India and Nepal, are locked in a cartographic, diplomatic, and to an extent, a political stand-off. The dispute is over the ownership of nearly 330 sq km of land called Kalapani near Nepal’s western tri-junction with India and China. The dispute was triggered in November 2019 when India issued a new map to indicate the changed status of Jammu and Kashmir into a Union Territory. Nepal raised objections because the Kalapani area was shown as being in India. Indian maps have always shown it that way; therefore, there was no change in the map. This was followed by Nepal’s objections to the inauguration of a road from Darchula to Lipu Lekh Pass, aimed at strengthening India’s defence supply lines as well as facilitating smooth passage for pilgrims to Ka...
How to Face the Global Economic Disaster in the wake of COVID-19? RSS’ ‘Swadeshi’ Model of Development Could be an answer
Highlights, Opinion

How to Face the Global Economic Disaster in the wake of COVID-19? RSS’ ‘Swadeshi’ Model of Development Could be an answer

After a very long time, the issue of 'Swadeshi' Model of development is back on the agenda for political discourse in the country. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Concept Paper has placed it in the agenda once again. A forgotten model of development is still alive. In fact, after failure of the development of “socialistic pattern of development” this was adopted after independence by then Prime Minster Jawaharlal Nehru. This was demand of that time as the country needed a viable economic foundation to compete in the global market.  The era witnessed protectionist economic policies and entry of global economic giants was virtually not permitted to give protection to domestic industries. During 1990s the model of controlled and mixed economy started to collapse. With the collapse of Uni...
Unions Call On Trump Administration For More Robust Response
Opinion, Politics

Unions Call On Trump Administration For More Robust Response

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US Warns Citizens Of Sexual aAssault In Spain
Opinion, Politics

US Warns Citizens Of Sexual aAssault In Spain

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