Han-style diplomacy: What China says, and what it may really mean

  Pandurang Hegde China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has, once again, made his country’s position succinctly clear: “China always values ties with India but is firm on ‘sovereign rights’.” This statement has two dimensions — ties with India are of value but China’s “sovereign rights, interests and territorial integrity” are paramount. The question is thus […]

Save human lives

The increasing number of accidents on the highways across the state have become a cause of concern for one and all. The Jammu and Kashmir government is also facing the heat over situation on the highways being grim. Minister for Revenue, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that Transport department has […]

Towards Double Digit Farm Growth

  Dr. R Balashankar The NDA government’s renewed emphasis on agriculture is a well thought out strategy to finally eradicate poverty and make rural poor an integral part of India’s growth story. Rather, such spending has proved to be of temporary relief without really changing the ground reality. It is experience that has prompted the […]

Protecting Language Diversity in India

  Pandurang Hegde India is one of unique countries in the world that has the legacy of diversity of languages. The Constitution of India has recognised 22 official languages. Multilingualism is the way of life in India as people in different parts of the country speak more than one language from their birth and learns […]

Putting the pieces together 

The Government of India (GoI)’s interlocutor on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma arrived in Jammu on Monday on an exclusive tour of the region. After meeting the people in Kashmir and seeking their opinion, now Sharma is trying to explore the options in Jammu region. He commenced his visit by meeting the Governor N N Vohra in Jammu and […]

A question at the doorstep

  Sahan Basavapatna The arguments put forth by the Centre in the course of the January 31 hearing in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 793/2017 in Mohammad Saleemullah & Anr V. Union of India & Ors, are not new: The Centre said that refugees are eating into the limited resources of the country, illegal migrants are […]

Primary Mistake

  Jan Egeland Until about four decades ago, specialist healthcare (secondary and tertiary care) was largely a province of public hospitals, and the private sector largely kept itself to the provision of generalist healthcare. This underwent a transformation with the rise of the advanced medical interventions comprising tertiary-care medicine like organ transplantation and open heart […]

LoC skirmishes taking toll

Skirmishes at Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu’s Rajouri and Poonch districts have once again created ripples in the entire state. The latest exchange of fire between the two sides left four army soldiers, including a Captain, dead in Bhimber Gali area of Poonch district and five others, including two civilians were also wounded as […]

Provide security to Kashmiri students

Miscreants beating up two Kashmir students in Haryana has once again evoked concern in the state and has left the parents of the students studying in other states worried. It’s not for the first time that Kashmiri students have been manhandled by the goons outside the state. It has become a routine now. It’s strange […]

What a US-China trade war would look like

  Richard Javad Heydarian In recent years, Asian trading partners, such as China, have seen a massive increase in their trade surplus with the US, which has been grappling with widespread deindustrialisation and manufacturing layoffs. US President Donald Trump has taken up the issue and has promised to “bring jobs back to the US”. In […]

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