RIGHTIST FORCES BACKED BY US INTENSIFY CONFRONTATION
Published 11-11-2019 16:48 GMT-0000
The sudden release of the former Brazilian President Lula by the Supreme Court on November 8, has imparted a fresh dimension to the current Left-Right battle in Latin America which is undergoing a severe political turmoil in the recent months. The Supreme Court verdict came as a surprise but it gave a big boost to the opposition Workers Party (PT) in Brazil in stepping up fight against the rightist President Jair Bolsonaro who could only win the presidency in 2018 elections because of Lula being in prison. Apart, the left forces in other countries of the region Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru have got a big morale boost following the release of the most favourite Left leader in Latin America.
NEED TO LEVERAGE ON ALL SECTORS OF ECONOMY IN BALANCED WAY
Published 06-11-2019 09:29 GMT-0000
Amid a changing global economic landscape, South Asia will need to leverage on all sectors of the economy in a balanced way, supporting improvements in agricultural productivity and a sustainable expansion of manufacturing, while promoting higher-skill services, and supporting over 150 million people in the region by a successful high-quality and job-rich growth strategy.
Published 04-11-2019 09:21 GMT-0000
New Delhi: Former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim led the charge as Bangladesh braved the toxic air of the capital and higher ranking of their rivals to script their first ever Twenty20 International win over India as they beat the hosts by three wickets here tonight to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
AFTER BOLIVIA, RIGHTWING FORCES GET A FRESH JOLT
Published 28-10-2019 12:18 GMT-0000
Things are finally looking up for the Left in Latin America again. After the victory of Eva Morales in the presidential poll in Bolivia on October 20 following a bitter battle with his rightwing opponents, on October 27 just a week after, the conservative government led by President Mauricio Macri was unseated by the Left coalition led by Alberto Fernandes and former President Christina Kirchner. Alberto will now be the new President while Krichner, the main pillar of the popular Front frente de Todos (Everybody's Front) will take over as the Vice-President.
ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION MUST BE STOPPED TO AVOID DEVASTATION
Published 06-09-2019 08:36 GMT-0000
South Asia is the hardest hit region of the world under devastation by environmental degradation triggering climate change. India is the largest in size, both in geographical area and population, and therefore has the largest share of the human suffering. Environmental Performance Index (EPI) shows that out of the five bottom-ranking countries in the world, three are from South Asia: Bangladesh at 179th, India at 177th, and Nepal at 176th. Pakistan’s performance is also very bad which ranks at 169th. Only Sri Lanka is better placed at 70th rank. No wonder, the whole region is reeling under the vagaries of the climate coupled with unsafe air and water.
DEVELOPMENT GOALS MUST BE ACHIEVED BY 2030
Published 08-06-2019 09:40 GMT-0000
With the elections over, it is time to think beyond nuclear rhetoric, surgical strikes, threats of hitting inside the territory and waging war. Such slogans sound good for short term gains, but in the long run these can be catastrophic with serious impact on the life of people. There is lack of trust among nations in South Asia, particularly in respect to the relationship between India and Pakistan. This mistrust becomes an alibi for the military industrial complex on either side to justify huge military spending. This is done on the pretext of threats, some of them existential and some imaginary. It is therefore important to be realistic in defining and propagating such threats as this concerns our lives.
TORIES AND LABOUR ARE FINALLY TALKING
Published 08-05-2019 10:36 GMT-0000
Every journey, filled with twists, sharp turns, peaks, and cliff edges, eventually comes to an end. How quickly depends on those involved. For Brexit, the end may come as early as Tuesday, following years of debate, virulent politics, and a divided public.
HEALTH OF PEOPLE WILL BE BIGGEST CASUALTY
Published 13-03-2019 21:02 GMT-0000
Once again, India and Pakistan stood at the brink of war over Kashmir, and have only just begun to tone down the posturing and threats. With nuclear weapons uncomfortably close at hand, almost 2 billion people in the region face the risk of nuclear catastrophe. For well over three decades now, multiple simulations and projections have suggested that an India–Pakistan nuclear escalation could lead to millions of deaths in the region, rivaling past great famines. The consequences of a nuclear exchange of any magnitude could affect generations to come. Kashmir has proved an especially intractable political predicament for the two countries. As Arundhati Roy wrote in her 2017 novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the confrontation over Kashmir is “a perfect war—a war that can never be won or lost, a war without end”.
INDIA CAN NOT AFFORD ALSO A COSTLY WAR
Published 06-03-2019 16:28 GMT-0000
The recent India-Pakistan military exchanges post-Pulwama attack on the CRPF jawans has led to a significant shift in the way India would deal with terrorist attacks from across the border. The pre-emptive strike by India to demolish the terrorist camps in a place like Balakot has been swift and has caught Pakistan on the wrong foot. In the exchanges that followed, Pakistan surprisingly decided to return India’s fighter pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman unconditionally and urging India to settle differences with peace talks. Two things stand out in this whole saga. Experts have analyzed these and other associated developments from various perspectives. However, two issues which are yet to be understood with clarity are: a) the timing of the Pulwama attack and b) the unexpected and so-called extension of the olive branch of noblesse proportions from Pakistan.
BORDERLINE JOURNALISM PROPPING UP BLATANT LIES
Published 05-03-2019 09:49 GMT-0000
Pregnant in the din over demands for proof of kill and statements that patriots shouldn't ask for proof, whether or not targets were struck or only trees were uprooted, is the conduct of the media both sides of the border. Sections of the Indian television news media have turned ‘warmongers’, studio warriors demanding Pakistan be taught a lesson, giving fodder for their Pakistani counterparts to pit India’s militaristic intentions with a ‘peaceful Pakistan’ narrative.