Opinion/Commentary
World on a boil - Claude Arpi, Pioneer
The planet is in turmoil. This did not start in 2018 but worsened during the past year and without being a bird of bad omen, it will continue in 2019. The 2018 award for chaos goes to…US President Donald Trump.
The foreign policy challenge - Nirupama Subramanian, Indian Express
India’S polity has gone into election mode, and the answer to all questions is “election ke baad”. But the world has not stopped while India treads water. For Indian foreign policy, the challenge would be to keep pace with the rapid changes everywhere amid the political fluidity at home.
Visceral fear of Modi’s 2nd term - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
One of the first public acts of the Narendra Modi Government after the BJP lost the three Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan was to reduce the Goods and Services Tax on a clutch of items. The move was quietly welcomed in all circles —including by the Congress that said it had suggested it first — but there was also a corresponding feeling that the move had come too late to shake off an impression that the Modi Government was losing its momentum.
Vision 2019: Getting India ready for New Globalisation - Aridam Bhattacharya, Financial Express
An alien observer would find it strange that we Earthfolk make such a big deal of having completed a revolution around the sun by celebrating it as New Year and making new resolutions for the next revolution.
Clutching at straws - Ajoy Kumar, Pioneer
The Supreme Court last week delivered its judgement on the issue of whether a probe to look into the Rafale controversy needs to be constituted or not. In its decision, the court stated that it does not think that the matter, as argued before it, requires any intervention.
Terror drones: A matter of time - Richard Walton & Matthew Sparkes, Pioneer
As head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command between 2011 and 2016, I looked in some depth at the threat posed by drones during the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was clear to us then that it was one of the potential scenarios we faced — for instance a Fathers 4 Justice drone coming into the stadium.
Loan waivers: Is there a better way to help farmers? - Ashok Gulati & Prerna Terway, Financial Express
The flavour of the season on the farm front is loan waivers! Farmers’ leaders are asking for it and those looking for power are ready to oblige. Newly elected chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan all have announced loan waivers within their promised time of 10 days.
Follow the sage’s advice - JS Rajput, Pioneer
On December 22, 1901, history was created in Indian education when Rabindranath Tagore inaugurated his school in Shantiniketan. Various aspects of education and learning were churning his mind all along ever since he, as a child, experienced what went on in the schools.
Perils of digital democracy - Kushan Mitra, Pioneer
First things first, I would like to wish all the readers of The Pioneer a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We all know that 2019 will be a very dramatic year for India because in less than 10 weeks, the Election Commission will announce the schedule for the next general election. And we will, hopefully, by the end of May, have the next Government in power.
India must get on the IoT highway fast - TV Ramachandran, Business Line
Over 30 billion ‘smart’ devices will be connected by 2020. That’s equivalent to every single person on this planet with not one, but four connected devices. These devices that communicate with each other in real time are known as the Internet of Things or IoT.
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