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.
The best diet for everybody - JP Nadda, Pioneer
Malnutrition has been a public health issue in our country for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the agenda through the POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment) Abhiyaan. He has announced clear targets and visible results to be seen by 2022, the 75th anniversary of the country’s Independence.
The missing middle - Anil Gupta, Pioneer
The concern expressed by Opposition leaders during West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s United India Rally in Kolkata on the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) is not only perplexing but confusing as well.
Stormy weather awaits India in 2019 - MK Narayanan, Hindu
As India prepares for the general election this year, all signs point to 2019 being a difficult year. Whether this would directly impact the poll outcome is uncertain, but the country needs to remain alert to unexpected developments.
Citizens as stakeholders - Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Pioneer
We all know that technology, especially the internet, is the major disruptive force that is changing everything and turning every model, known and unknown, on its head. At a basic level, it is connecting the average citizen to information and data and empowering him/her in an unprecedented way — in both good and bad ways. This puts all institutions under pressure to change and adapt — and more so Parliaments and parliamentary representatives.
Chill in the Valley - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
A deeply poignant moment of the 70th Republic Day parade was the spellbinding citation of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani for the award of the Ashok Chakra, the highest ‘peacetime gallantry award’, which is a terrible misnomer in war-ravaged Kashmir. A terrorist-turned-soldier, Wani is the first Kashmiri to bag this medal for conspicuous valour.
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