Words without meaning - Amitabh Shukla, Pioneer
After Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s entry into active politics, our grand old party, the Congress, looks energised, motivated and has the momentum on its side to face the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Of course, it has been helped in no small measure by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which now looks jaded, carries the disadvantage of anti-incumbency and is seemingly devoid of the same energy and enthusiasm that marked the party’s campaign throughout 2013 till the 2014 general election.
Pakistan has shown no interest in addressing terror concerns - Hindustan Times
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan chose to talk about the brazen suicide attack at Pulwama only five days after the assault claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, attributing the timing to his country’s preoccupation with a crucial visit by the Saudi crown prince.
Getting a grip of Kashmir’s problem - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
While neighbouring Pakistan needs to be taught a lesson for sponsoring terrorist attacks in Kashmir, the need is to also address the Kashmir problem internally. There can be no doubt that there are many things that need attention, including the radicalisation of the youth in the State.
Being deceived, everytime - Prafull Goradia, Pioneer
February 14, 2019, will be remembered as the saddest day in independent India. The killing and wounding of so many Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans was tragic enough but that wasn’t all. The casualties were of innocent men travelling to perform their duty.
Stress points of democracy - MK Narayanan, Hindu
These are difficult, as also unsettling, times. It is not the complexity of issues that confront the world as much as the steady undermining of institutional and knowledge structures that are posing a threat to the world.
The road to self-defence - Jai Kumar Verma, Pioneer
The US Defence Intelligence Agency recently released a report titled, ‘China Military Power: Modernizing a Force to Fight and Win’, where it stated that China was increasing its capacity and warned about how it could launch a regional conflict.
Jokers in the pack - Ishan Joshi, Pioneer
First, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Government-formation after the 2019 general election will depend on the numbers. Not ideology, not alliances and certainly not personal chemistry between political leaders; these will be played out during the election. It’s when the votes are counted that, depending on the tally of various political parties/groupings, it will be decided who will lead the next Government of India.
Does Priyanka have sanjeevini? - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has taken charge as Congress General Secretary responsible for eastern Uttar Pradesh last week. The state is not new to her as she has campaigned earlier also in some parts apart from looking after her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareilly and her brother Rahul Gandhi’s stronghold Amethi for years. Home to 80 Lok Sabha seats, UP sends the highest number of lawmakers to Parliament, making it a key electoral battleground.
Treading a dangerous path - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
While there have been several instances of confrontation between the Union Government and a State over jurisdictional issues over the last seven decades, what happened in Kolkata recently was clearly unprecedented.
Civilisational continuity - Sandhya Jain, Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi largely stuck to his developmental agenda during his visit to Jammu, Srinagar and Leh on February 3, 2019, inaugurating projects worth Rs 44,000 crore but disappointing the faithful in Ladakh and Jammu by failing to address their core anxieties.
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