Viruses of irrationality and communalism
When the country is scared of the newly discovered coronavirus, many find themselves comfortably engulfed by the familiar viruses of irrationality and communalism. The immediate casualties are the unity of the people and the rule of law.
A 21-day shutdown in India
The real heroes emerging out of the coronavirus situation are several state governments. Long before the central government plunged into action, many state governments had undertaken various preventive measures to halt the spread of the virus. The states of Kerala, Maharashtra, and Delhi need a special mention for their early efforts to curb the virus spread and preparation of the health service machinery.
Political malice in the time of coronavirus
While schools, colleges, examinations, business meetings, social and cultural gatherings are cancelled or postponed, the horse-trading of MLAs continues in Madhya Pradesh. While the medical practitioners and sanitation workers are courageously battling to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus, a recently retired Chief Justice of India took his oath as a Rajya Sabha member.
Congress in a Chakravyuvh
The Scindia-led challenge is yet another opportunity for the party to reinvent itself. Reinvention not in terms of a change in politics, but in carrying out the same politics with conviction and innovation.
Afghanistan: the game continues
The peace deal between the US and the Taliban was signed by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a witness.
Communal politics, the Delhi Riots, and the BJP
The BJP leadership, which is over-sensitive about the subject of election victories, and is fully aware of who delivers the ruling party its electoral dividends, obviously chose not to disappoint the perpetrators of violence. If violence could only be stopped after 96 hours, it is entirely possible for the union government to control it within 12 hours in the national capital.
The show and the reality
If negotiations conclude as per the expectations of both the parties, it will not only be against India’s interests but will be a strategic setback to India’s regional aspirations.
Fighting the Hegemony
Engagement with diverse ideas, acceptability of different tactics, and broader unity against the hegemony of fascist ideas are the need of the hour.
Threat of a civil war
Is the preservation and strengthening of democracy an objective for this government, or is democracy just a means to achieve certain political objectives? When a choice exercised by his predecessor is certainly available at the disposal of the Prime Minister, why is it not even tried?