President Trump’s visit had the right optics. Attention must now turn to India-US priority areas
Budget proposals on tax slabs and dispute resolution are unlikely to gain traction
Opposition has stoked fears and passions, and tried to misguide the people.
Decline in Emmanuel Macron’s popularity, his protracted battle over pensions in France, are a cautionary tale on perils of personality-driven politics.
Events in Delhi have taken a high toll. Apex court and government must act urgently to restore confidence, and to ensure that minority rights do not remain on paper.
India is descending into a night of dread and despair. The ongoing riots in Delhi are not a tactical aberration, some absent-minded lapse of attention. They have been in the making for a while, and represent the future that our ruling classes have imagined for us.
The spectacle put up at huge public expense by the Narendra Modi government to welcome President Donald Trump in Gujarat speaks volumes about the penchant for exhibitionism and the utter servility of the people in power towards the US.
Multiculturalism survives not because it allows people of all religious and cultural shades to enjoy the fruits of freedom but because all people genuinely believe in diversity and cultural and historical legacies beyond their religious limitations.
For the present, let it be said, that if the price of proving their nationalism and patriotism is blood, then the minorities of India have overpaid.
The government has the necessary power to waive them if it is necessary to do so in public interest.
If India is to be one of the richest nations, it has to fashion trade deals. Modi may yet be the prime minister who liberates the Indian economy from its old shackles of protectionism and makes it as large and nearly as prosperous as the US economy. He can if he uses his friend Donald Trump well.
Bugbears in India-US relations are fewer today. There is far greater appreciation of India’s concerns on cross-border terrorism even as the US is once again looking at Pakistan through the prism of its interests in Afghanistan.
It goes without saying that the consolidation of power by Iranian hardliners will open a new chapter of illiberalism and state violence in Iranian politics.
The police are, no doubt, to blame for not being able to function in an objective and impartial manner. There is definitely a failure of leadership also. But can political parties across the spectrum escape the blame for continuing to use the police as an instrument to further their political agenda?
The moot point is whether the action against Hafiz Saeed is indicative of a new direction in Pakistan’s counter-terrorism policy, or merely a tactical ploy, as before, to escape economic sanctions.
All this may point towards Pakistan adopting a more rational course in J&K and preventing situations which it will clearly be in no position to handle.
At the Trump event, a line of camels was in place and at least one of the mounts was seen repeatedly mimicking a salaam like a dancing doll. So far, one has noticed a deliberate design in Modi’s moves. What is not clear is who exactly is this elaborate spectacle designed for?
India is a unique country with respect to wildlife conservation. Despite a billion people we still have most of our large wildlife species.
The animals that Harappans kept and consumed is rather well known. What is less known is the range of wild animals enjoyed by them and the fact that these contributed greatly to their diet.
The threat to the sovereignty of India and China does not come from occasional statements by the White House, resolutions in the US Congress or stinging editorials from the New York Times. The real threat to their sovereignty comes from policies that deepen internal conflicts.
PHOTOSRekha, Shakti Kapoor and others attend Guns of Banaras screening