The 4th Ramnath Goenka Lecture by India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on November 14 was a much-needed master account of India’s foreign policy, told in phases, lucid, analytical and comprehensive. Mr. Jaishankar’s speech, which reflects a practitioner’s hands-on knowledge of India’s foreign policy, has, unfortunately, not yet received the critical treatment it deserves. In his speech, the Minister makes a strong pitch to practitioners and analysts to think beyond the “Delhi dogma” that has traditionally defined, and constrained, according to him, the pursuit of India’s foreign policy. Though thought-provoking, Mr. Jaishankar’s speech is riddled with several empirical and conceptual issues. Of, and for the rightTo begin with, the speech is a product of a certain messianic presentism of the Indian right that Mr. Jaishankar is a part of. The speech has a heavy self-congratulatory tone aimed at establishing a moral … [Read more...] about The ‘Delhi dogma’ fallacy of the right
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Email By Nick Rowley Posted December 12, 2019 05:00:59 Photo: Boris Johnson's rise to the Prime Ministership has seen an exodus of senior Conservative MPs unable to stomach his selling of simple messages. (AP: Dominic Lipinski) Related Story: Boris Johnson believes he cannot win Brexit without this 99 per cent white British town Related Story: UK male MPs have been accused of abuse, so these survivors are coming for their seats Related Story: This is how Boris Johnson could win Brexit, but lose the United Kingdom Map: England Ahead of today's British general election, the polls appear to indicate a victory for the Conservative Party under the leadership of Boris Johnson.But with the previously ordered British party system in disarray and a toxic campaign beset with crude accusation and counter accusation coming to an end, it is unclear whether even a majority government will have a mandate and the political capital to resolve terribly much.Over the past weeks of the … [Read more...] about UK election is the continuation — not the end — of this toxic chapter of British politics and history
Past societies have appeared to relentlessly deprecate everyday life. At least those elites who have written extensively about the good life have always made a distinction between a life lived in pursuit of the higher good, chasing whatever in their view is of ultimate worth, and one with little worth or significance. Everyday life was always listed under the latter category, ubiquitous but insignificant, in contrast to a life of contemplation, an adventurous life of war, conquest or politics, or one in the service of high art or religion in which humans are said to fulfil those transcendent values in which they encounter ‘their essential being’.It is true, of course, that not all traditions relegate everyday life to insignificance. The life of the householder (Grihastha) in the Brahmanical tradition was worthy, self-fulfilling and endowed with religious, perhaps even philosophical, significance. Jain and Buddhist traders also endowed mercantile life with value as did, … [Read more...] about The politics of everyday life
Elections normally take place every five years in Britain, but Brexit has proved such a nightmare to deliver that it’s already toppled two prime ministers. Conservative PM David Cameron, who wanted Britain to remain in the European Union, resigned in June 2016 following the shock referendum result. His replacement, Theresa May, then stepped down in May this year after failing several times to pass an agreement on how the UK should leave the bloc. MORE: Why is Britian having another general election? Now her replacement Boris Johnson, who also failed to get a deal through parliament before the October 31 deadline, has called an early election in the hope of winning more seats, breaking the deadlock and “getting Brexit done”. Polls say the yellow-haired leader is in for a big win against Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, but past election results show anything could happen. So here’s what you need to know about him and the other major party leaders battling for … [Read more...] about UK election: Who are the political party leaders challenging Boris Johnson?
NEW DELHI: Strongly opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha, Congress leader Anand Sharma on Wednesday termed it as anti-constitutional and said manifesto of any political party cannot override the Constitution. During the debate on the controversial bill in the Upper House, he also asked the government why was it in a hurry in bringing the legislation. "Jaldbaaziu kyun (Why are you in a hurry)? You should have referred it to a standing committee of Parliament and introduced it in the next session," he said after Union Home Minister Amit Shah tabled the bill in the House. Sharma said though the bill was part of BJP's 2019 election manifesto, it cannot override the principles of the Constitution. "Every political party has a right to have its own manifesto. But the manifesto of a political party cannot be above the Constitution," he said. He said there are provisions in the Constitution in Article 6 and many people have applied for citizenship. Referring to … [Read more...] about Manifesto of any political party cannot override Constitution: Anand Sharma in RS on CAB