The Statesman (India)

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Pompeo is arriving here on Tuesday night for the first high-level engagement between the two countries since the Modi government assumed office for the second time after the recent Lok Sabha elections.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Simultaneously, laxity on the part of commanders needs to be firmly dealt with, an action which the army continues to take. Loss of lives is always painful; however, it has to be accepted in operations.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Not even the entire quantity of the ‘managed’ hospital waste is handled correctly; incineration or open burning of hazardous waste often resulting in such emission as dioxins and furans.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The lesson is what Plato had warned us about. The tools of democracy can be turned around by an astute, unscrupulous politician to subvert democracy. The institutions of democracy can be maintained as a reassuring façade to fool the people, but their core can be hollowed steadily, imperceptibly to make those just a gizmo of the Supremo.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - More than 118 people, including minors, died during the sudden crackdown, with footage emerging of the Sudanese security forces dumping bodies of the murdered and the injured in the river Nile, to make the casualty numbers more palatable.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Unfortunately, populism is striking deep roots in Indian polity, and political leaders are thriving on populist rhetoric. Their policies are undermining the institutions, be it the Central bureaucracy, the CBI, the ED or the State police / administration, if not also the independence of the judiciary.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The world has greeted Donald Trump’s eleventh-hour decision to call off action against Iran with a collective sigh of relief. And yet it does nothing to resolve the stand-off over matters nuclear. Nonetheless, visuals of his detractors and protesters holding placards that read “No War” points to the groundswell of opposition to a repetition of the misadventure as witnessed in Iraq in March 2003. In retrospect, the crisis was ignited by the US attempt to derail a nuclear deal that Iran has abided by, and to choke its economy. It has exacerbated with Tehran’s recent actions, including the alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. President Trump tweeted on Friday, confirming reports that the US had been “cocked and loaded” for attacks on three sites in retaliation for the shooting down of a drone. As it turned out, the US President has had the good sense to call off the strike with only 10 minutes to go, having been cautioned by a General that 150 people would die in a US blitzkrieg from the skies. Call it an exercise in brinkmanship if you will, the consequences would have been catastrophic, to say the least. Yet the stand-off between the US and Iran intensifies.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - For a period of time between 1986 and the early 2000s Uganda was considered to be a country committed to democratic reform. But in recent years the democratic space has shrunk dramatically.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - I attended a modest school near our home, but when we moved downtown, my life changed momentously. The headmaster of a better-known school persuaded my father to move me to his institution. I was switching from middle to high school, and his key argument was that superior education would be greatly in my interest. It was a larger school, with a bigger building on a major avenue. The big sign proclaiming its pretentious name suggested I was ascending to a more exalted circle.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The spectre of populist nationalism, with ominous portents for the very idea of liberal democracy  is haunting vast swathes of Europe, Asia, Africa and America in the 21st century.