• Indias refusal to induct China into the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium was prompt. China is not only a future rival but also an inevitable threat. Its conspicuous ambition is to checkmate the Indian navy out of the Indian Ocean. Besides,Chinas economic might implies most countries in the region will gravitate towards it. Indias objective therefore should be to engage with these states. The Indian Ocean is our backyard and essential to our interests. Even as China builds its blue-water navy,we must lose no time in curtailing its growing influence.
• A politics of compromise creates a grim state of developmental affairs. Our experience of coalition government has not only been destroying parties ideological moorings but also jeopardising economic reforms. The ongoing elections,unfortunately,will bring in a fresh coalition and the next government will also be run by compromises a concession here,an appeasement there. How will that allow the administration to focus on the economy and security?
• This refers to the report Suspected Naxals hold train…. Naxalites are causing havoc despite security forces being expected to be on high alert during the elections. Apart from the dearth of security personnel,its obvious that Maoists have grown exponentially in terms of manpower,weaponry,planning and intelligence. They successfully launch hit-and-run attacks and inflict heavy damage. Theres a leap in police and civilian casualties. Whichever bloc comes to power in New Delhi,it will have to assign top priority to eliminating the Maoists.
Make a move
• Military strategists of powerful countries show surprise at the incursions made by the Taliban in Pakistan. Rapid advances by the Taliban towards the Pakistani capital have raised serious doubts about the ability of the Pakistani armed forces and government to save themselves,let alone defeat the militants. Its time Pakistan stopped deluding itself and moved its troops away from the Indian border.
• The Samajwadi Partys election manifesto is riddled with strange and silly promises. Does the party take its own declared agenda seriously? If not,the electorate will have reasons to be scared. If the SP shares power at the Centre,it plans to work against education in English and the use of computers. Mulayam Singh Yadavs smug emphasis on the use of Indian languages in public spaces replacing English paints him and his party in a very unflattering light in the age of information technology. The proposal of substituting human hands and heads for computers is equally absurd. If given the chance,and if the SP follows its agenda,it will certainly take India back to the Stone Age. The most populous state in the Union,and the Union as a whole,deserve anything but that.
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