The Indian government seems to have fallen for the Big Business’ agenda of using electric cars even as climate change is accelerating.
Prem Shankar Jha
Middle-class youth who supported Modi and gave him legitimacy are now seriously doubting his economic policies. That doubt will soon turn into rage.
Three almost simultaneous developments, each of which would normally have dented the government’s image in only minor ways, show how Modi’s image is beginning to lose its shine.
The Doklam standoff has opened a route to the resolution of the long simmering Himalayan border dispute. Can Modi turn the present draw into a victory?
A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the grace to correct it before it does any more harm. The prime minister, unfortunately, has shown no signs of having either of these virtues.
By giving up on opposition unity and aligning with the BJP, which he criticised so intensely, Nitish Kumar has destroyed his own and the country’s future.
If Narendra Modi takes the pressure off Bhutan and instead focuses on the legal arguments China is making, he will find he can resolve the Sino-Indian boundary quickly.
At this crucial juncture, India must carefully examine the Indian army’s report on the 1962 war and accept the damning indictment of the government contained in the report.
The Congress has repeatedly been an obstacle to opposition unity, and it is time it comes to terms with the fact that it is no longer a national party, and thus no longer has the right to demand a pre-eminent position in a coalition of parties.
The all out attacks on minorities and on opposition governments show that the BJP and the Modi government have no regard for democracy
A move to electric vehicles in India will be far from “green”, and ignores existing technologies which could be less disruptive and more useful.
Unemployment has risen and the corporate sector has taken a hit, but the Modi government is relying on statistics to create an illusion of economic growth.
Indian strategic thinkers have been quick to conclude that China’s goal is to cut India off from the rest of Asia. But this is a frog-in-the-well kind of perspective.
Kashmiris must see the rule of law prevail once more in India before they can start believing that it will also prevail in Kashmir.
Techniques such as the Fischer Tropsch Synthesis can be used to turn garbage into biogas and other fuels which also reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
The US missile strike in Syria will unite Russia’s technology with China’s money and muscle and is not good for regional or world peace.
Villagers in Kashmir, who used to remain aloof from the conflict, are now prepared to die in order to save militants under siege.
At the very least, India must ensure that the Tibetan spiritual head’s visit is kept low key.
Modi has turned India into a military and diplomatic ally of the US. In China’s eyes, this has transformed India from a like-minded country that shared its opposition to the US’s attempt to create a unipolar world, into an adversary.
No matter what steps the government takes, the Indian economy will not revive till real interest rates are lowered.
Demonetisation has hit every sector of the economy from construction to automobile at the same time and its ripple effects are likely to be felt for months to come.
Very few Kashmiris define Azadi as a complete break up of ties with India and a vast majority of them do not want to join Pakistan
Inviting the American ambassador to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is bound to provoke China.
Banning cow slaughter is a goal of the RSS and this has led to the emergence of hundreds of groups that go around attacking Dalits and Muslims.
The onslaught launched by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on the AAP government is unprecedented.
The key to peace in the region is to tackle the roots of the tension, which is the dispute over Kashmir.
Rajnath Singh’s task now is to make Kashmiris believe that the prime minister meant what he said about being willing to consider any solution within the Indian constitution. He has five days to do it in.
The government, through the all-party delegation, should ask Kashmiri nationalists what they want and see how far it can go to accommodate them within the framework of the constitution.
The government’s goal should be to create incentives for all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to engage politically with the question of what kind of relationship the state should have with the Indian Union.
For the first time since 1990, the anger in Kashmir and support for azadi from India is stretched across society in the Valley.
China’s industrial overcapacity and economic and social difficulties can be an advantage for India, but for that the Modi government will have to change the thrust of its foreign policy
What is happening in Delhi because of conflicts between the Lt Governor and the elected government is troubling for Indian democracy
No less than 11 of the Aam Aadmi’s 67 MLAs in Delhi have been arrested on a wide variety of allegations
Feeling that its overtures for closer ties have been rebuffed, China is now resuming its policy of isolating and neutralising India
The Modi government may have not begun the current slide towards chaos in the Valley, but by ignoring the many signals of growing anger that emanated from the region, it has opened the doorway to hell.
The more China –India cooperation increased in the future, the easier it will be for both countries to find a mutually acceptable solution to the border issue.
By drawing even closer to the United States and signing binding agreements, India is giving up years of carefully calibrated balance in its foreign policy.
Burhan Wani was a homespun militant who became one because of the humiliations waged on him and many Kashmiris by the police.
No matter who did what, in order to reduce possible economic uncertainty, the government’s absolute first duty is to announce a successor without delay.
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