How symbols persist: The curious case of the Hyderabad funds - TCA Raghavan, Telegraph India
The British High Court judgment on the Hyderabad funds case on October 2 may well mark the closure of a seven-decade-long litigation, although Pakistan can still appeal to the Supreme Court. The proximate reason for the long legal proceedings was obvious enough — an India-Pakistan tangle over money.
The great wall of nature - RK Pachauri, Pioneer
Former Prime Minister of India IK Gujral was one of the most scholarly and well-read leaders we have had. At a public function organised by this writer, he mentioned that the battle of Panipat took place at that location only because it was the southernmost location, which had an open area suitable for warfare.
Can Hindi unite India? - Anuradha Raman, Hindu
Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement last week that Hindi can unite the country once again evoked sharp disapproval from political parties, especially in south India. Mr. Shah later clarified that he meant Hindi as a second language.
Pakistan’s hypocrisy - Deepak Sinha, Pioneer
It’s almost been two months since Prime Minister Narendra Modi upset the Pakistani applecart by amending Article 370 of the Constitution and dividing the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) into two Union Territories.
Focus on making history - VV Sundar, Pioneer
There is a performance zone in which we all thrive. When handling critical projects, teams not only require resources but also need to work in an environment free from distractions and disturbances so that they can achieve their objectives. It is always the last lap, “minutes of terror” rather, that defines the difference between success and failure.
The GDP paradox - Moin Qazi, Pioneer
The pursuit of growth over social justice, which has been the defining credo of classical economists, has brought prosperity to most developing societies. But it has also created huge inequalities. The argument that economic growth is the road to social justice has been relentlessly advocated for a long time, with several negative consequences for poor societies.
Cancelled talks and after - Hiranmay Karlekar, Pioneer
On September 7, US President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of the secret summit in Camp David, his private retreat in Maryland, attributing his decision to a terror attack in Kabul on September 5, which killed 12 people, including a US soldier. At the summit, to have been held on September 8, President Trump was to have had separate talks with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and “major leaders” (his words) of the Taliban.
For the sake of democracy - JS Rajput, Pioneer
In a democracy, citizens enjoy the privilege of casting their vote to elect representatives. In India, we elect leaders right from the panchayat level to the Parliament. The right to vote is prized and all of us are taught about it in our schools and universities.
A time for new leaders - Ram Madhav, Indian Express
For the separatists in Kashmir, the winter chill has set in early. And it is likely to be a long haul. The heat and dust of separatism and terrorism, that had been the bread and butter of many of leaders in the Kashmir Valley, seems to have lost steam. These leaders, who had consistently been fed on the staple of separatism and special status, find the new reality unfathomable.
Upping deterrence ante? - Vivek Mishra, Pioneer
The Indian Defence Minister’s recent statement, anticipating a possible change in India’s nuclear policy in the future, is open to interpretation, and what it means for its nuclear doctrine in coming times is contingent on how the contours of India’s conventional escalation with its neighbour Pakistan shapes up.
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