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Misleading Reportage: India Remains a Miracle and Robust Democracy
A few days ago, a relative who lives in the US brought to my attention an article by Ramachandra Guha in The Washington Post of 14th August titled “India was a Miracle Democracy. But it’s Time to Downgrade its Credentials.” I wrote the reply below with the idea of giving friends and relatives living abroad a more balanced and less alarmist perspective on what’s happening in India. The reply is appended in the following part.
Education and Technology: The New Frontier of Indo-Bhutan Relationship
India and Bhutan share a very close relationship not only in terms of geography but also in terms of history, traditions, culture and spirituality. The relationship between India-Bhutan runs very deep and there are regular high-level visits between both the countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent two-day visit (17-18th August) was in line with the tradition.
US-China Trade War: Fall Out in China
The mood in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hierarchy is sombre. The US-China trade war, as it is called, marks a substantive change in the US-China relationship. Mutual suspicion now taints what Beijing has for decades described as its most important relationship. The bipartisan support that Trump’s new policy towards China enjoys points to strains in the relationship lasting for quite some time and, in any case, fundamentally altering it.
Constitutional Amendment: Reactions from the Sub-continent
On August 5, the Government of India repealed Article 370 of the Constitution which had accorded special status to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh. This essay looks at how India’s neighbours in the sub-continent viewed this landmark decision, outside of their respective government’s official statements. The first section covers Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal while Pakistan is covered separately in the second section. Part I
Challenges ahead in Kashmir
After many decades New Delhi has made a paradigm shift in its Kashmir policy. The new policy serves the dual objectives of dealing with Pakistan by mending the chronic nature of the Kashmir problem by scrapping the controversial Article 370 of the Constitution, and resetting the internal parameters of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to keep the political elite of Kashmir Valley at bay. The purpose is to free the people of J&K from clutches of the political elites of Kashmir.
पाकिस्तान का संघीय बजट 2019-20 – यथार्थ से परे महत्वाकांक्षाएं
राजकोष के लगातार दुरुपयोग पर अंकुश लगाने की अंतरराष्ट्रीय मुद्रा कोष (आईएमएफ) की शर्तों तथा वित्त वर्ष 2019-20 में महज 2.4 फीसदी वृद्धि के निराशाजनक अनुमानों के साये तले 11 जून, 2019 को पाकिस्तान का आम बजट पेश किया गया।1 बजट की खास बात राजस्व संग्रह को अधिक से अधिक करने का लक्ष्य है ताकि आईएमएफ को पता चल सके कि पाकिस्तानी अर्थव्यवस्था संसाधन जुटा सकती है क्योंकि आईएमएफ इसी शर्त पर 6 अरब डॉलर का वित्तीय पैकेज देने के लिए तैयार हुआ है।
Article 370: Abrogation for Progress and Development of Jammu & Kashmir
The divesting of Art 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution from within its own provisions and by way of Presidential decrees was a stroke of legal genius by PM Modi’s government – these Articles were seen by the rest of India as anachronistic and discriminatory. This also clearly attests to the genius of the drafters of our dynamic constitution that had considered and provided for its “Temporary and Transient” nature in no uncertain terms. It was no Holy Grail as was presumed due to political expediency in keeping fanned flames under the lid.
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