Category: English Editorials

America-first Afghan concerns spur Donald Trump (The Economic Times)

US President Donald Trump’s outreach to India and Pakistan, calling on both countries to reduce tensions, is neither rehyphenation of India and Pakistan nor an attempt to mediate on Kashmir, but an exercise in Trump’s version of America First foreign policy. Washington had to give Islamabad a token of accommodation to keep it from derailing...

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Student suicides have spiked. Policies must be geared to decrease stress (Hindustan Times)

More than 400 students (under 18 years) committed suicide in Delhi between 2014 and 2018, a petition filed in the Supreme Court has revealed. A public interest litigation (PIL), filed by Gaurav Kumar Bansal, requested the SC to direct all Indian states to plan, design, formulate and implement health programmes to prevent and reduce suicides....

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Where there is no free will (The Indian Express)

Written by Rajmohan Gandhi To Indians celebrating the change in Jammu and Kashmir’s status, I suggest that they reflect on the word “consent”. All healthy human involvements seem to require the other person’s consent. While recently researching South Indian history from the 17th century to our times, I was struck by a comment of the...

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Economy seems to be the last of the concerns of the government after operation J&K (The Indian Express)

Written by P Chidambaram The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the symbol of the seat of power of the government. Within a one-kilometre radius are Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office, and North Block and South Block that house the key ministries of Home, Finance, Defence and External Affairs. The Prime Minister’s official residence is also within the...

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Fashioning India’s nuclear posture (Hindustan Times)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated that “no first use” remained the governing doctrine for India’s nuclear weapons posture, but added “what happens in future depends on the circumstances.” Similar off-the-cuff remarks have come from Indian officials in the past. Some claim this reflects an evolving nuclear doctrine, in which New Delhi is moving towards an...

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Campaign bells ring, again (Hindustan Times)

Even as the country has just moved on from the Lok Sabha elections, preparations for three important state Assembly polls have begun. Maharashtra has a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena government led by Devendra Fadnavis; Jharkhand and Haryana have BJP governments, led by Raghubar Das and Manohar Lal Khattar, respectively. After completing their five-year terms,...

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A tale of two speeches: PM Khan versus PM Modi (Livemint)

Anil Padmanabhan Last week, the prime ministers of Pakistan and India addressed each of their countries on the occasion of their 73rd Independence Day on 14 August and 15 August, respectively. While PM Imran Khan chose to address the assembly of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), PM Narendra Modi, sticking to historical precedent, spoke from the ramparts...

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Appointing a chief of defence staff would just be the first step (Livemint)

Nitin Pai If the Narendra Modi government appoints a chief of defence staff (CDS), it would constitute the most significant defence policy reform in decades. The move was considered necessary after the 1999 Kargil War and was first approved by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet in May 2001. Yet, almost two decades later, no CDS...

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All that the Indian economy needs is a ten-letter word (Livemint)

Rajrishi Singhal The economic slowdown now threatens to sink deep roots and become part of the economic landscape. There are various definitions of a recession and the state of the Indian economy seems to correspond closely with how the US’ National Bureau of Economic Research defines it: “Significant decline in economic activity spread across the...

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Taking on TB: On new anti-tuberculosis drug (The Hindu)

The anti-tuberculosis drug pretomanid recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be a game changer for treating people with extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) and those who do not tolerate or respond to now available multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) drugs. That pretomanid is only the third drug in the last 40 years to get...

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