Ten must-reads from the past week
The FBI’s move against seven FIFA officials on charges of corruption is seen by most countries as a desperate Western effort to isolate Russia and re-open the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. And an example of double-standards, given the free pass given to banks accused of financial manipulation and fraud on a colossal scale. Two pieces by Shobhan Saxena.
We don’t want Parrikar the wit. We want a serious-minded defence minister. Sidharth Bhatia on why the Raksha Mantri needs to weigh his words very carefully
The signature scheme is marred by ill-conceived projects and confusing directions. Urban bodies across India would do well to stay away from the Smart City initiative for now, A. Srivathsan argues.
From the outset, writes Manoj Joshi, India was less than categorical about its desire to resume control of the Gilgit-Baltistan area. The decision in the past five years to speak out about the region marks a clear shift in strategy.
If decryption is at the heart of privacy violations, then strong encryption needs to be at the heart of privacy protection, argues Vasudevan Mukunth.
The Lodha Commission appears to be guided by a fundamental premise: that if cricket in India is to be cleaned up, this has to be on the basis of a revised constitution that is better suited to the era of cricket as big business, writes Prem Panicker.
India’s hands are tied by the declaration it filed with the ICJ in 1974 excluding certain disputes from the jurisdiction of the court. The case of the torture of Capt. Saurabh Kalia squarely falls within the excluded category, writes Prof V.S. Mani.
Modi’s media strategy is a complex one that is best summarised as ‘engaging with the media on his own terms’ in order to set the ‘national’ agenda. Sandeep Bhushan analyses.
Thursday’s killing of 17 army men in Manipur, most likely by the Khaplang-led ‘United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia’, and the June 2 death of a woman activist in army firing, underline the government’s inability to deal with civil strife, write Pradip Phanjoubam and Wasbir Hussain in separate pieces.
The idea that India can afford to ignore Pakistan is based on the wrong assumption that its economy and regional clout are declining, writes K.C. Singh.
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