Opinion/Commentary
One step forward despite hurdles - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
Going by recent happenings, it seems the Congress high command’s authority is gradually eroding in several States, including Telangana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Karnataka. While the grand old party is confronted with leadership crisis at the national level, it is disintegrating in States, too.
Listen to the youth - RK Pachauri, Pioneer
Jack Andraka was in high school and only 15 when he won the grand prize at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for presenting a method for detecting early stages of pancreatic and other cancers. Jack was deeply moved by the death of someone who he regarded an uncle and someone he was very fond of.
Lurching from crisis to crisis - Sandhya Jain, Pioneer
Although Sonia Gandhi’s formidable personality holds the Congress together, the party is beginning to flounder in the absence of clarity on whether Rahul Gandhi’s resignation has been withdrawn or accepted. The Wayanad MP offered to quit at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on May 25, taking full responsibility for the failure to dislodge the Modi Government, and for the miniscule increase of eight seats from 2014 (44 to 52); top party leaders rejected the resignation.
Reform defence planning - PK Vasudeva, Pioneer
One of the biggest challenges that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is faced with is the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) depleting war machinery — aircraft/fighters. The depletion of fighters has indeed been a worrisome trend as the IAF squadrons’ strength is down to 32 from the 42 minimum required for a two-front scenario.
How integrated is our command? - Deepak Sinha, Pioneer
After years of speculation, the Government has finally bitten the bullet and formally named the heads of the Armed Forces Special Operations Division (AFSOD) and the Defence Cyber Agency (DCA). The head for the Defence Space Agency (DSA) is expected to follow soon. These three tri-service divisions will function under the Integrated Defence Staff supposedly to foster “integration, synergy and economy” among elements of the three services.
Rahul Gandhi can’t be fixed - Sadanand Dhume, Times of India
Is Rahul Gandhi salvageable as a politician? For the Congress Party this poses an existential question. If the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty is beyond repair, then India’s oldest party must either find a way to eject him from its helm or face nearly certain extinction.
Modi, Modi all over - Pioneer
After all the hullabaloo over the formation of the new Narendra Modi government, there should have been a sense of catharsis, some feeling of continuity with many old names featuring as a cladding and awe at decisive changes in the big league.
Why people are going Right - Rinku Ghosh, Pioneer
In his first speech after a mammoth electoral victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had summarised what could best define not just India’s but the axis shift in world politics. “For years the Left had its ideology but we translated that into reality,” he said with conviction.
Wake up and smell the coffee - Biswajeet Banerjee, Pioneer
In 2011, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav led a spirited campaign against the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati. As SP president, he toured the length and breadth of the State — sometimes on cycle — calling the then BSP Government as one of the most corrupt regimes in the annals of Uttar  Pradesh.
Invited for Modi’s Swearing-in, Are BIMSTEC Nations Now India’s Preferred Choice Over SAARC? - Maha Siddiqui, News18
Leaders of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) nations have started arriving for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BIMSTEC comprises Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan, apart from India. 
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