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Turkish strongman set to win elections?

Friday, 22 Jun 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Edit

Erdogan never had the support of more than half the population — and the other half loathes him. He looks unstoppable, but Turks are better informed and sophisticated politically than any other electorate in the region There is no possibility of a happy outcome in Sunday’s election in Turkey. Almost exactly...

Dharma vs dharna

Friday, 22 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

All’s well that ends well. Now, both AAP and Delhi’s bureaucracy must work together They have agreed to disagree on a few things but agreed to work on deliverables. The truce between the AAP Government in Delhi and the bureaucracy, howsoever temporary, has brought relief among Delhiites, who are clueless about...

Long way to go

Friday, 22 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

National Health Mission report should ring alarm bells on the female burden of family planning It is disappointing that despite India setting ambitious family planning targets each year, we refuse to learn from our past failures. The 11th report of the National Health Mission released earlier this week has once again...

Recalling the great China-Russia friendship

Thursday, 21 Jun 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Openness in China-Russia relations is valuable. The comprehensive strategic partnership suggests that both support each other back-to-back but maintain a positive attitude in developing relations with others, including the West Information coming from Xinjiang, Western China’s restive Muslim province is rather depressing. Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that the authorities in...

End of an alliance

Thursday, 21 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

There's already a brain drain of youth from the Valley; J&K can no longer be seen to be adrift Call it a marriage of convenience that was doomed from the very beginning but one that at least intended to rescue Jammu & Kashmir from roiling in a cauldron. For the BJP,...

Doing it right

Thursday, 21 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Yoga comes into its own as the world celebrates an ancient Indian tradition If preparations in India and around the world to commemorate International Yoga Day today were anything to go by, it can indubitably be said that Yoga is a runaway success. It is a trend the world over and...

Will Nepal choose India over China?

Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

It seems China and India may cohabit in Nepal with the advantage slowly returning to New Delhi provided it acts to mitigate excesses of the blockade The mood of optimism in Nepal is palpable. The grand old party, Nepali Congress has been severely marginalised after its election debacle. The Leftists/Communists are...

Tricky triangle

Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

The worry is the trial balloon floated by China's ambassador may find takers in our left-illiberal camp His Excellency Luo Zhaohui, China's ambassador to India, has done the job he was asked to in an excellent fashion. The disingenuity of his purportedly informal, off-the-cuff remarks suggesting closer India-China-Pakistan trilateral cooperation —...

Educating Britain

Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Indian students have been treated rather shabbily in the UK's new visa rules Britain’s decision to exclude India from a new list of students from low-risk immigration countries who would qualify for visas more easily is likely to end up as a self-goal for that country. While Indian students will certainly...

The Emergency: Heroes and villains

Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

If we fail to remember the heroes of the Emergency and forget who its villains were,we will not be able to protect and preserve our democratic way of life Apart from the dreaded heat that the month of June brings with it, it also brings back painful memories of the...


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