NEW DELHI: A new formation is emerging in the Islamic World and OIC as Pakistan in a selfish move have decided to get further closer to Turkey and widen ties with Malaysia at the cost of its old ties with Saudi Arabia and UAE — who had bankrolled Islamabad for decades. This was reflected at the last week’s OIC meet at UN where Turkey once again threw its weight behind Pakistan’s rant against India — Islamophobia. However, UAE backed India and others gave tacit support to India at the meet. Turkey under its President has been challenging Saudi Arabia’s decade old dominance in the Islamic world and with Riyadh developing multi-faceted with India Islamabad in a desperate step has moved closer to Ankara to pursue its anti-India agenda. Simultaneously UAE’s ties with India encompasses areas and sectors unimaginable few years back. In late September 2019, the Turkish President, then Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and Pakistani Prime Minister … [Read more...] about Is Pakistan dumping traditional allies Saudi-UAE for their support to India ?
By Paul Krugman America is now engaged in a vast, dangerous experiment. Although social distancing has limited the spread of the coronavirus, it is far from contained. Yet despite warnings from epidemiologists, much of the country is moving to open up for business as usual. You might think that such a momentous move would come with elaborate justifications — that politicians pushing an end to social distancing, from Donald Trump on down, would at least try to explain why we should take this risk. But those calling for quickly reopening have been notably silent about the trade-offs involved. Instead, they talk incessantly about the need to “save the economy.” That is, however, a very bad way to think about economic policy in a pandemic. What, after all, is the economy’s purpose? If your answer is something like, “To generate incomes that let people buy things,” you’re getting it wrong — money isn’t the ultimate goal; it’s … [Read more...] about View: On the economics of not dying
Though COVID-19 has raised certain uncertainties about polling processes, the next round of electoral challenge the party will face is Bihar assembly polls, which are slated for October-November, followed by elections in West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the first half of next year. … [Read more...] about 1 year of Modi 2.0: BJP’s core agenda fulfilled
The order directs the Commerce Department to ask the FCC for the rulemaking within 60 days. If the agency decides to take up the issue, it could still be months before it issues a final regulation. The FCC could decline to act because it isn’t controlled by the Commerce Department. Any rules could also spark lawsuits from the companies, which they would likely win, according to Gautam Hans, a law professor at Vanderbilt University. … [Read more...] about Trump’s social-media order may fail, but scores political points
NEW DELHI: The Modi government executed its ideological agenda at a vigorous pace in its first year in office in its second term but the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19 has presented the saffron dispensation with a massive challenge as the focus shifts to economy. With the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government marking its first anniversary on Saturday, the first year is likely to be remembered for the fulfilment of decades-old Hindutva demands as Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the huge majority his party won in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to push through its core agenda. Nullification of Article 370, which gave the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir special status, and construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya have been the two key ideological highlights of the BJP's manifestoes over the decades, and both were settled in its favour in the last one year. Article 370 was nullified by the government with Parliament passing a resolution to this effect as well in August, … [Read more...] about Modi 2.0 fulfils BJP’s core agenda in first year but COVID-19 throws new challenges