Editors Column

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s nine-page open letter to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is a forthright message that has firmly shut out the possibility of patch-up with the former ally. Shah’s straight talk only reflects the hard fact that the BJP-Telugu Desam Party (TDP) relationship has reached a point of no return.

Global trade wars seem inevitable. Two of the biggest economies, the US and China, are at war over trade tariffs. This face-off holds the prospect of drawing in several large and small countries into this war zone.

Personal data security cannot be compromised at any cost.

“Legally Safe” and “Totally Safe” mean two completely different things, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The CWA (Clean Water Act) regulates nine contaminants. If tap water contains less than the maximum acceptable levels of those contaminants, your water is legally safe. But is that “legally safe water” safe enough for domestic use like drinking and cooking.

The US has got increasingly isolated owing to the protectionist and impulsive economic policies under president Donald Trump, perhaps based on a propped up  notion of American power. The multi-lateral trading regime, World Trade Organisation (WTO), on the other hand, is under severe stress to justify its existence.

Scams invariably result in blame game. The blame game involving the government and the Reserve Bank of India in the wake of the Nirav Modi-Mehul Choksi episode follows this pattern, except that there is an important difference now.

After he assumed charge as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi had promised to present a new party to the voters. The 84th plenary of the Congress in New Delhi gave a glimpse of what he meant. He took over the party’s leadership at a time when the Congress worker was demoralised and disillusioned by successive electoral reverses. 

The inevitable has happened. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP)’s final parting of ways with the Bharatiya-Janata Party-led NDA was expected the day party chief N Chandrababu Naidu ordered his ministers to quit the Union cabinet.

The whole issue of getting to the bottom of the banking scam could be falling between two stools. After Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel, in effect, bared his heart as he revealed the limitations in the central bank’s power to regulate and investigate banking operations, it is pertinent to ask where the RBI’s responsibilities end and the government’s begin.

One way of looking at the recent by-elections in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the results of which were declared on Wednesday, is that they give dynasts like Akhilesh Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav hope for the future. But, there is a larger message in the elections. For one, the invincibility of BJP juggernaut peddled with impunity in every election from Kutch to Agartala has come under serious threat.

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