Reflex Action

Author: 
K Raveendran

Symbolism is the essence of Indian culture.  From touching the feet of elders to show respect to the worship of god, we Indians celebrate the symbols, irrespective of what we do to our generation of elderly people or whatever we end up doing in the name of propitiating the gods. The symbolism must go on. That’s what really matters.

Author: 
L.S. Herdenia

There is no respite for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. Even as he was trying to sort out the problem created by the unexpected flood of onions into the procurement centres set up by the government, a series of suicides by farmers in the state has become a matter of serious concern.
More than 30 farmers have committed suicide in June and a majority of these came after June 10, the day on which farmers' agitation was suspended. The suicides have washed away the tall claims of the state government that farming has become profitable in MP. 

Author: 
Barun Das Gupta

It is the same old story. Media reports Chinese incursion across Indian border; some videos are shown. The Indian army denies any incursion took place. As on previous occasions, China ‘warns’ India to withdraw its troops from the territory which the Chinese claim is theirs. New Delhi plays it cool.  Even the exact date and time of the face-off are not given. It all creates a feeling of déjà vu. It happened so many times during the UPA regime; it is now happening during the NDA rule.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

Even before Ram Nath Kovind, the BJP’s choice for the new president, had moved into Rashtrapati Bhavan, the saffron politicians and ministers gave a broad hint of the changes in the offing by staying away from President Pranab Mukherjee’s Iftar party.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Whether the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to America and his talks with US President Donald Trump are an important page in the history of collaboration and cooperation between the two countries is not yet clear and lies in the womb of the future, but one thing is explicit that India has committed itself to protect US interests and become an active partner of the US global strategy.

Author: 
Romen Dutta

“Action separates the heroes from the spectators. The faster one reaches for help, the better are the chances of the victim’s recovery. In a medical crisis, rush to a multispecialty emergency specialist, preferably, any hospital closest to you,” should be the norm followed judiciously.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

While the European Union is creating pressure on the UK to fulfill its commitment before leaving the EU, intriguingly at the same time the EU leadership is adopting a flexible approach with some of them even expressing the view that UK can continue to remain an EU member.  No doubt the interest of the UK will be hurt once Brexit is formally approved and implemented, but the major loser will be the EU, as Brexit officially heralds the beginning of the deglobalisation.

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s open invitation to Russian firms, last week, to set up joint ventures with Indian companies to manufacture advanced military platforms through technology transfers couldn’t have at a more appropriate time as India gears up to overhaul its decades-old slow-moving defence production programme. India is the world’s largest defence and security gears importer.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Dalit vs Dalit. The battle line has finally been drawn. While the Opposition’s pick Meira Kumar will challenge the NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind with the motto to strengthen and uphold secular values, on his part Kovind will facilitate Sangh to reinvent itself and usher the country into a new polity with a distinct Hindutva super-structure.

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