All’s fair in war, eh?

Kashmir is a war-zone and the army is fighting a dirty war. It is difficult to stay apolitical in the times when popular public opinion is in the grip of rabid nationalism.

Watch out for that Bubble

Avolatile week saw markets begin an expected phase of correction. The Nifty fell to 9,300 levels but later bounced back above 9,600. Sentiment was initially dampened by escalating tensions between India and Pakistan and the downgrading of China’s sovereign credit ratings by Moody’s. However, the Narendra Modi government’s third anniversary celebrations seem to have lifted the mood among investors. Mid-cap and small-cap indexes underperformed, both ending 1 per cent lower.

Landed in trouble

The British always required get away places. Shimla is the best known example as it was known as the summer capital. When summer palace was built it was best known for its pioneering use of electricity.

Walking the tightrope

For perhaps the most voluble antagonist of Narendra Modi at one time, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar seems to be running out of options on the relationship with his alliance partner Laloo Prasad Yadav and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). It is natural, therefore, that he should be taking a back seat on many issues pertaining to opposition unity, like the matter of a joint opposition candidate for the presidential elections.

Let’s get rid of mercury

Mercury is a heavy metal and one of the most toxic elements known to mankind. It is a neurotoxin that has been the cause of one of the worst chemical disasters — the Minamata disease. This global pollutant is extremely dangerous and harmful to both human health and environment. This necessitated global action and coming together of over 140 nations to adopt “The Minamata Convention” — a legally binding treaty.

Cut & Thrust: Islam’s dance of death

It is a short walk between victim hood and blood lust and often these days in Kashmir Valley, the lines blur and they become one and the same thing. A deep sense of victim hood leading to a scarred psyche and a singular call for blood. Which translates into stone pelting as the default setting and increasingly the return to arms to wage war against India. And if it means that the intifada provides tactical support to the terrorists, then the lines coalesce again.

Painting the world red?

The recently concluded belt and road forum in Beijing has focused global attention on China’s gigantic scheme called Belt Road Initiative(BRI). Yet not many people can easily grasp what it is all about. In fact, it would be safe to say that it is a combination of economic planning for sustainable economic growth, market development and dominance, export of excess capacity and geopolitical assertion.

The Hits and misses

As the Modi government at the Centre complete three years, one is expected to see a flurry of comments and opinions from academics and analysts on how the government as fared. While the opinions could be widely divergent, when it compared to the last part of UPA-II, atleast on the economic front, in the heart of hearts, one is expected to have some unanimity in many of the economics issues (and not getting into non-economic issues here).

On the wings of a dream

A mile of highway will take you a mile, but a mile of runway will take you anywhere”. True that! Whoever said this has probably captured the anomaly of aviation or more specifically business aviation in the country.
India is on the road to economic development, and the reform trajectory is expected to steadily and gradually pave the way for a double digit growth over the next two decades. But what is the highway or rather the runway to development? Aviation globally is recognised as a trigger to the growth of businesses and economic development.

Freedom Files: The kashmir intrigue

An empire which is toppled by its enemies can rise again, but one that is toppled from within crumbles that much faster, it could be a Trojan or a schemer or a saboteur who brings it to its knees.