Opinion/Commentary
The ticking time bomb - Hiranmay Karlekar, Pioneer
As it settles down to govern, the new Government at the Centre needs to deal with the critical issue of population growth. Yet another indication of the pressing need for this is provided by the report titled, ‘World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights’, published by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, which says that India’s population — now standing at 1.37 billion — will overtake China’s — now 1.43 billion — by 2027.
Goodbye Rahul Gandhi - Sagarika Ghose, Times of India
On Rahul Gandhi’s birthday yesterday, Congressmen crowded around him in nervous anxiety. Verdict 2019 is an even worse defeat for Congress than 2014. Five years ago a decade of anti-incumbency was at least a plausible excuse. Today, to be so badly crushed while in opposition is a portent of near-total irrelevance.
An idea at best - Pioneer
The debate on “one nation, one poll” has been an ongoing one and, on the face of it, the favourable aspects do attract some traction, chief among them being the streamlining of costs and apparatus of conducting the election process itself and stemming the prospect of policy paralysis, with some State or the other due for a mandate every other year.
New way of doing politics - VV Sundar, Pioneer
It is the scale of the Indian elections that baffles the world. Most countries view our democratic electoral exercise with utter disbelief and astonishment. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections were interesting for the fact that political communication in our country seemed to have finally come of age.
Who will lead Opposition ranks? - Sandeep Phukan, Hindu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have reached out to the Opposition parties on Monday asking them not to bother about their numbers in the Lok Sabha, but it would certainly matter when it comes to deciding the Leader of the Opposition.
Reimagine tryst with prosperity - Bindu Dalmia, Pioneer
2019 is a watershed year — a definitive inflection point in reshaping the country’s political history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popular mandate signifies two dominant trends transforming the political landscape here on. First, there is a fading appeal of political parties who built their capital on pseudo-secularism.
Beyond the wall: On the Gandhis looking for scapegoats - Hindu
Failure is always an orphan, but the scramble among Congress leaders to stick the genesis of the party’s devastating collapse in the Lok Sabha election on someone else is comical.
Work to reduce crashes - KK Paul, Pioneer
Just about a month ago, an Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 military transport aircraft had overshot the runway at the Mumbai international airport and come to a halt perilously close to the boundary wall along the Western Express highway. Reportedly, over 50 flights were affected due to this incident. More recently, another AN-32 aircraft carrying 13 people on board went missing in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district. The  wreckage of the aircraft was found eight days later after intense search operations.
Sun sets on greatest alliance - Bhopinder Singh, Pioneer
Romance and nostalgia surrounding the grandeur of the British empire in the 19th and 20th century is predicated on “the empire on which the sun never sets.” This pomposity was extended to include emerging America in the mid-19th century to posit the Anglophone domain, as noted by Alexander Campbell in 1852, “To Britain and America, god has granted the possession of the new world; and because the sun never sets upon our religion, our language and our arts…” Subsequently, the two world wars of the 20th century changed the global narrative and the churn of history left the British empire to hold on and cast its equation with the US in a Churchellian expression, “special relationship.”
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.
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