Search

NEWSPAPERS

This is the world today

Putin is a bigger threat to Europe’s existence than Isis

Vladimir Putin at the EU-Russia summit in January 2014

Once Putin saw the opportunity to hasten the EU’s disintegration, he seized it.’ Photograph: Isopix/REX /Picture from THE GUARDIAN


 

THE GUARDIAN | GEORGE SOROS | FEBRUARY 11 2016

The families on the move may not stop in Turkey. German chancellor Angela Merkel flew to Ankara this week to make last-minute arrangements with the Turkish government to induce the refugees already in Turkey to prolong their stay there. She offered to airlift 200,000-300,000 Syrian refugees annually directly to Europe on the condition that Turkey will prevent them from going to Greece and will accept them back if they do so.

Putin is a gifted tactician, but not a strategic thinker. There is no reason to believe he intervened in Syria in order to aggravate the European refugee crisis. Indeed, his intervention was a strategic blunder because it embroiled him in a conflict with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which has hurt the interests of both.

But once Putin saw the opportunity to hasten the EU’s disintegration, he seized it. He has obfuscated his actions by talking of cooperating against a common enemy,…CONTINUE READING

Russian media breaks Putin family taboo

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila attending a service at Blagoveshchensky (the Annunciation) cathedral in Moscow’s Kremlin

Vladimir Putin divorced his wife Lyudmila in 2014 / Picture from BBC


BBC | STEPHEN ENNIS | FEBRUARY 5 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin likes to cultivate the image of a tough national leader and macho man.

It is an image that has left little room for Mr Putin the family man. In fact, reporting on his family has been virtually taboo in Russia.

But that silence is now being broken, as media publish unauthorised material about Mr Putin’s daughters and his ex-wife, Lyudmila.

Some of the reports have added to accusations of cronyism against Mr Putin. They have also led to speculation that the president may be losing his powers of image-control.

As the anti-Kremlin magazine The New Times…CONTINUE READING

Abuse Of Force

NEWSPAPERS

INDIAN EXPRESS | MAJA DARUWALA | FEBRUARY 9 2016

Perhaps there was a rampaging mob off-camera and in fear of their lives, the police — being only human — turned to defend themselves. But repeated views of the video clip show no sign of brickbatting nor weaponry. Perhaps the police anticipated utter disorder or its threat, and being tense and on edge, reacted badly in the face of sudden onslaught.

But, you reason, had there been any forewarning of a breach of the peace, they would already have been in riot gear, poised for collective action. But what we saw…continue reading

 

Let the rupee slide

The economy is best served by lowering interest rates and blocking protectionism.

INDIAN EXPRESS | ILA PATNAIK | FEBRUARY 3 2016

In its monetary policy announcement on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to keep the policy interest rate unchanged. One of the implications of this decision is for the rupee. High interest rates have helped in keeping the rupee strong in recent years. It appears policymakers wish this to continue.

But the recent slowdown in China and the depreciation of the yuan means India’s external environment has changed significantly. While two years ago it might have seemed like a good idea to prevent the rupee from weakening, a rethink is now warranted.

In recent months, Indian industry has been facing sharp competition from falling…continue reading

 

Modi-ji, your acche din are the same as purane din

NDTV

MANI SHANKAR IYER | FEBRUARY 1 2016

At Davos and other forums, India is being showcased as “the world’s fastest growing economy”. But that’s not because we are accelerating; it is because all others, particularly China, are slowing down.

For all Arun Jaitley’s empty budget boast of taking the economy soaring to 8.5 per cent, we remain where we were – and in some ways much worse off – than before the May 2014 elections. In its halcyon day before the 2008 global financial crisis, Dr. Manmohan Singh and his government had taken us to 9.4 per cent. We could credibly talk of double-digit growth and overtaking China when China was growing at 12 per cent. Today, just maintaining the 7 per cent growth rate (on the new scale) that the BJP inherited would amount to a minor miracle.

This is astonishing considering that when the UPA was in office, crude oil was ruling at well over $100 a barrel, indeed, touching a high of $140. And is today sinking below $30 to …continue reading

China and India: In same choppy waters

 

india china, china india relations, china gdp, india gdp, china yuan, yuan devaluation, china india talks, CPC china, india news, world news, chidambaram column, chidambaram indian express,

/ PICTURE FROM INDIAN EXPRESS

INDIAN EXPRESS | P.CHIDAMBARAM | JANUARY 31 2016

India’s multi-party democracy is constantly compared with the one-party system of China. When China grew at a blistering pace, as it did for nearly three decades, India’s growth rates, pre-liberalisation and post-liberalisation, appeared tepid and insufficient. When China’s growth rate has slowed down, some in India — and many in the government — seem to think it is a cause for celebration!

China has been the main driver of world growth for a decade. Through the 1997 Asian currency crisis and through the 2008 international financial crisis, China continued to grow at an unprecedented rate. China became the world’s factory — from toys to shoes to steel to capital goods. China also accumulated the world’s…continue reading

 

To really counter terrorism

INDIAN EXPRESS | MANVENDRA SINGH | JANUARY 30 2016

In ‘How wires got crossed in Delhi’ (The Indian Express, January 9), the writers probing Pathankot make a claim both perplexing and dangerous. They say, “Even though the National Security Guard, a political organisation, falls under the home minister, orders on its use and deployment bypassed him”. Whether the home minister was bypassed or not isn’t the moot point, what’s worrisome is to claim that the NSG is a political organisation. This assertion needs to be corrected.

The NSG was certainly raised through parliamentary intervention in the mid-1980s. Much can be made of the NSG, its quality or lack thereof. Over the years, reams have been written about this deputation-based organisation, its raising and subsequent deployment, its successes analysed threadbare. What’s important is…continue reading

Telescope: Every Republic Day

modi-759

PICTURE FROM INDIAN EXPRESS

INDIAN EXPRESS | SHAILAJA BAJPAI | JANUARY 28 2016

An animated helicopter trailing the Indian flag flew here and there, along the corner of the TV screen throughout the Republic Day parade on Tuesday. Suspect it was a Doordarshan invention, which delighted the powers that be there — so what if some of us thought it was an irritating fly that ought to be swatted off the grandest show on Rajpath.

But why pick on such small, fleeting issues on January 26? ‘Twas the day to be jolly and jolly forgiving. To overlook, nay, enjoy the poetic heights Doordarshan anchors scaled in their descriptions, including the “quietude of our souls”; to admire their ability to read the PM’s mind while he signed…continue reading

The stained steel frame

The fight against corruption in public service is extremely problem-ridden, because the canker has spread to the higher echelons of the civil service. A file photo of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The fight against corruption in public service is extremely problem-ridden, because the canker has spread to the higher echelons of the civil service. A file photo of the Central Bureau of Investigation./ Picture from THE HINDU


THE HINDU | RK RAGHAVAN | JANUARY 28 2016

The Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), 1988 and its subsequent amendments have had only a marginal impact. One aspect of the problem is the well known, unethical conduct of those holding ministerial positions. Their unabashed browbeating of senior government officials, particularly those at the level of secretary, is certainly a factor. But then, if the latter cave in to ministerial pressure, they have only themselves to blame. What is even more obnoxious is that some of them…continue reading

People Keep Going To This Home Looking For Their Lost Phones – And Nobody Knows Why

People Keep Going To This Home Looking For Their Lost Phones - And Nobody Knows Why

Sometimes, families will show up; other times, it’s groups of friends or a random person with a police officer in tow


 

FROM NDTV | PETER HOLLEY |WASHINGTON POST JANUARY 26 2016

They are not, in fact, thieves. Saba is an engineer; Lee is a journalist.  The pair doesn’t understand why exactly, but both Android and iPhone users on various networks are being directed to their house by phone-tracking apps.

Once the awkward situation is explained, most lost-phone-seekers are understanding. But the couple told Fusion that a smaller number of people who place absolute faith in their tracking technology are convinced that the couple is lying, provoking potentially volatile conflicts.

“My biggest fear is that someone dangerous or violent is going to visit our house because…continue reading

Blog at WordPress.com. | The Baskerville Theme.

Up ↑

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 481 other followers