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  • A CDS for the armed forces must come with full play
    By Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (Retd)  IANS   The proposal for appointing a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has been doing the rounds since the time of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister and Lord Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy in India. In response to a communication from Lt.Gen M.L. Chibber, former Director General Military Operations (DGMO), Mountbatten wrote in 1977: "Last time Nehru stayed with me here at Broadlands, before the Chinese invasion, I u
  • Developing ties with Bhutan
    By Shubha Singh  IANS   Prime Minister Narendra Modis two-day visit to Bhutan was aimed at re-engaging with the Himalayan neighbour during his second term in office as part of his ‘neighbourhood first policy. The visit had added significance since Bhutan has been changing under its new government and India-Bhutan ties had to be reoriented to the new winds blowing in Bhutan. In 2014, Thimphu had been the first foreign capital Prime Minister Modi had visited shortly
  • Entrepreneurship took a beating due to demonetisation
    By Mohammed Shafeeq  Hyderabad, August 19 (IANS) Since its emergence on the global information technology map in late 1990s, Hyderabad grew as a key economic hub over the last two decades and is currently seen as one of the cities with best entrepreneurship and start-up eco-system in the country. However, entrepreneurship was impacted by various developments over last few years, especially demonetization in 2016 and introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime a year
  • When night falls over the city, jawans on alert to keep Kashmir safe
    Kashmiri woman washes clothes in an alley during restrictions after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the government, in Srinagar, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)   Srinagar, August 18 (PTI) From dawn to dusk, and sometimes from dusk to dawn as well, the hours pass by in wakeful alertness for paramilitary troopers tasked with ensuring law and order in a land that is many hundred miles from home. In the long hours of
  • The opposition's blind spot
    BY D.C. PATHAK  IANS | August 18   Prime Minister Narendra Modi rightly began his Independence Day address by declaring that the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, approved by the two Houses of Parliament with a two-third majority, had restored 'One Nation, One Constitution' for India. In a play of domestic politics, however, the developments relating to Kashmir are producing a political fallout at home in which the principal opposition strangely is showing up as the
  • Education and its economic outgrowths
    By Amit Kapoor  IANS | August 17   In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the issue of population explosion in the country and the need to address it. He added education as a means of both moderating the trend of rising population and making them productive as well. Development trends throughout history have shown that as literacy levels go up, fertility rate falls and economic growth is easier to achieve. The latter is due to the fact
  • One Nation, One Constitution and power to the people: PM Modi
    New Delhi, August 15 (IANS) On I-Day eve, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking exclusively to IANS just days after his government's decision on Article 370 noted how he was troubled and saddened by the fact that the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution pertaining to Panchayati Raj institutions did not apply to Jammu and Kashmir. He said that in the last few years, panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir got more powers to work towards peoples progress and various subjects transferred to p
  • South India's kolam art helps women map business opportunities
    Devi making phenyl and at her home in Nedumalai village in Tamil Nadu, India July 14, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Anuradha Nagaraj   The artistic mapping project has helped more than 5,000 women earn a sustainable income in six districts of Tamil Nadu   TIRUCHIRAPPALLI, India, August 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Outside her house in south India, Maria Victor embarks on a decades-old morning ritual that has turned into a key planning tool for impoverished
  • PM MODI's EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Every Indian stands with people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh: PM
    By Sandeep Bamzai    New Delhi, August 13 (IANS) One of the biggest decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the first 75 days of his government is undoubtedly the unshackling of Jammu and Kashmir so that there is better integration and mobility and the faux concept of dual citizenship is scrapped once and for all. In what was not just a political but a diplomatic masterstroke as well, the PM, who has been obsessed with resolving the Kashmir imbroglio, hit his
  • Kashmiri Pandit diaspora rejects move against axing of Art 370
    New Delhi, August 13 (IANS) The Global Kashmiri Pandits Diaspora (GKPD) has rejected a petition submitted by 64 citizens including Pandits, Sikhs and Dogras condemning the abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. GKPD is a Kashmiri Pandit civil society movement of volunteers drawn from all major Kashmiri Pandit organisations across the globe, along with several friends from Jammu and Ladakh. A statement issued by the GKPD congratulated Prime Minist
  • For women, 'true freedom' will come this Independence Day
    By VISHAL GULATI    Jammu, August 12 (IANS) Caught in the law and traditions, liberation for the women in real terms came with Jammu and Kashmir becoming the unions territory. A section of women feel that for them freedom has come 72 years too late, after the countrys Independence following the decision on Article 370 on August 5. "We got freedom in the true sense now," an elated Radhika Kerni, a local resident, told IANS on Monday. She said earlier women wer
  • Has Xi Jinping found the answer to Hong Kong?
    By Akhil Bhardwaj  IANS | August 11   What started as a demonstration by 12,000 citizens against a proposed legislation for extradition of criminal undertrials to China has escalated into a daily assembly of over two million protesting against Chinese ainterference' in Hong Kong, an examination of police brutality under the gaze of international press and a demand for full democracy. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Carrie Lam's counter-mobilisation strategy is reduced to ma
  • Nehruvian secularism vs Ambedkar's idea of India
    By Sandeep Bamzai    New Delhi, August 11 (IANS) New emergent facts pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir and its Constitutional status from Dr S.N. Busis' laborious six volumes on B.R. Ambedkar -- "Framing the Indian Constitution" -- once again reiterate how Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru moved ahead with his idea of making the erstwhile Princely State his shop window for secularism given that the new democratic dispensation was headed by a Muslim in a Muslim majority
  • Why Modi acted now on Kashmir?
    By Deepika Bhan  IANS | August 11   The question is why did Modi chose ‘now to do what he has done with Article370? There was no big election in sight so as to create a build up for electoral gain. Neither was there any major crisis or any embarrassing situation for the government to find a succour in Kashmir. Perhaps, this was the best time to enact the best of action story for the Modi-Shah Combine. The ‘now' time had several elements going in the favour of th
  • It had to be a Gandhi, none else, chorused Congress leaders
    By Anand Singh   New Delhi, August 11 (IANS) The spectre of a split in the country's oldest political party was looming at the Congress Working Committee meeting on Saturday as leaders got emotional at the mention of a non-Gandhi to lead the Congress. It had to be a Gandhi, and no one else. Some leaders even threatened to sit at home rather than attend party meetings under a non-Gandhi. That decided the matter, and party seniors, including Ahmed Patel, approached for
  • Modi removes impediments to Kashmir becoming heaven on earth again
    By Nikhil Nanda  IANS   Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again proved that he is head and shoulders above the run-of-the-mill politicians. His decision in respect of Jammu and Kashmir required many exceptional qualities. First and foremost was real insight into and understanding of the complexity involved in the Kashmir problem. Narendra Damodardas Modi was involved in the matter and politics of Jammu and Kashmir even when he was a simple party worker. Along wi
  • How India nixed UN in J&K
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) In a throwback to the past, it is important to note that on November 1, 1947, at a meeting of Governors General of India and Pakistan at Lahore, Mountbatten offered to resolve the J&K issue by holding a referendum. Rejecting the Mountbatten formula, Muhammad Ali Jinnah remarked that a plebiscite was "redundant and undesirable." H.V. Hodson has recorded in his book, The Great Divide, that Jinnah "objected that with Indian troops present and Sheikh Abdu
  • Plastic, plastic everywhere but not for African recyclers
    An employee sorts plastic bottles at the Weeco plastic recycling factory at the Athi River industrial zone near Nairobi, Kenya, May 15, 2019. Picture taken May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner   NAIROBI, August 9 (Reuters) - A sea of crumpled bottles spills across the courtyard of Lucy Luo Minghui's new $44 million plastic recycling factory in Nairobi, where plastic waste litters roadsides and clogs rivers. Yet, she can't get enough to sustain her business.   Her Weec
  • After 370, Kashmiris first
    By K. Yatish Rajawat  IANS | July 6   The momentum that Modi government has created with the decisive step of abrogating the section 370 has to be sustained. Political leaders thrive on positive waves as it can lead to shift in mindsets and this seems to be the purpose here. Mindset change is important if you want any behavioural change in a recalcitrant population. This is the biggest opportunity in front of the BJP government when it comes to these two new UTs- J&
  • Did pacifist Nehru prevent recapture of PoK?
    By Sandeep Bamzai    New Delhi, August 5 (IANS) By most accounts, Jawaharlal Nehru was a pacifist, influenced to a great degree by the liberal education he obtained in the UK. Such liberal leanings -- formed on the template of a deep knowledge of Indian culture, society and history -- determined his outlook on not only foreign policy, but also conflict. As India searched for a post-colonial identity, Nehru's thinking was predicated on the nation becoming a leader of