I have no doubt in my mind that the situation has been allowed to go from bad to worse while the rest of India remains in denial. Our indifference to the continued violence in the Valley and the loss of precious human lives there is a matter of great concern.
On both counts therefore, namely, stalled projects and NPAs of banks, the record of the government and specially of the Ministry of Finance during the last 30 months of its rule leaves much to be desired, to say the least. Faster clearance of pending projects would have created fresh demand in the economy, generated further employment opportunities...
The feeling of discrimination extends from ill-treating Kashmiris in the rest of India, to the PM not attending the funeral of Chief Mufti though doing so in the case of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, to arresting the children under the infamous Public Safety Act and keeping them in regular jails with hardened criminals instead of juvenile homes, to ...
What is important for us politicians to remember however is that the aam aadmi is not concerned with theories. He wants results, and if we fail to provide the people with job opportunities in adequate numbers, they will be disappointed.
Pakistan has quietly entered into arrangements with China under which it gets what India gets under the nuclear deal with America and more, but without any of the conditionalities which cripple us under the US deal.
The Indian armed forces have shown the mettle they are made of; the Prime Minister has shown the will power he possesses. Those who were trying to measure his chest must be looking for a new and much bigger tape.
I have been firmly convinced for many years now that the US will never like to lose Pakistan as an ally, however close we get to it. It will never pay more than lip service to our concerns on terrorism. And I am not saying this without reason.
Myanmar is an important neighbor of India and both countries have enjoyed a very close relationship in the past. But despite the physical proximity and the close relationship of the past, the distance between the two countries was allowed to increase because Myanmar came under military rule and remained under it for decades.
I shall strongly recommend that PM Modi personally attend both the NAM summit and the UNGA in order to continue the momentum which he has created through his various visits abroad in the last two years.
In the run-up to the assembly elections in Bihar, Nitish had made a promise to the electorate that he would introduce prohibition in the state if he formed the government. He got the mandate from the people and nobody can grudge him the right to introduce a ban on alcohol.
Politics is notorious for its uncertainties. What has happened over the last few days only confirms this theory further. Who would have imagined that atrocities against the Dalits would suddenly become the most distressing national issue?
China has paid far greater attention to the countries in Africa and Latin America than India has. China's trade with these countries is often ten to twenty times more than India's. They are also involved more in the developmental processes of these countries than we are. We have a lot of catching up to do when compared to China.