Firstpost Editor's Picks: Cracks widen in PDP, India faces economic crisis, Mourinho got it all wrong; today's must-read articles
A quick rundown of five of the best articles published by Firstpost on Wednesday, 19 December.
This open display of hostility towards one community and undermining of the process of justice are not only creating deep fissures in society but also demoralising honest police officers and jeopardising professionalism in the force: which has dangerous consequences. Both the chief minister and his police force are obliged to act fairly and impartially to ensure justice is done and peace and order is restored, not divide society on the basis of religion or intimidate a section of society.
To win elections, politicians do not hesitate to embrace bad economics. In the latest case, Rahul Gandhi not only implemented loan waivers in Congress-ruled states, but also set the stage for a nationwide waiver by saying he will not let Narendra Modi sleep till he announces waivers across the country and added that this will form part of the Congress election manifesto in 2019.
Since she took over the reins of the PDP and subsequently the chief minister's chair after her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's death, it's been a turbulent journey for Mehbooba. She not only had to tackle the growing militancy and chaos in the state — which went further downhill after Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani's killing on 8 July, 2016 — but also with infighting within the party as well as the dissatisfaction of PDP legislators with her leadership.
The tension had eased to some extent because of the meetings between Dalit and upper-caste members that the police and administration arranged. But it has been escalating once again with January approaching, and several organisations announcing programmes to be held at Bhima Koregaon.
Mourinho, who never found a home in his two-and-a-half years at Manchester and lived out of a hotel, left Old Trafford reeling with a defensive record worse than Huddersfield, as many wins as the likes of Wolves and Bournemouth and a goal difference similar to that of West Ham and Leicester City: not elite company by any means.
Pakistan's economy has crumbled alongside a simmering political crisis, with the rupee plummeting and inflation at decades-high levels, while devastating floods and a major shortage of energy have piled on further pressure
Washington is a key donor of the Lebanese Army and its 80,000 members, providing over $3 billion in military aid since 2006. The announcement Wednesday is the first time the U.S. is allocating funds for wages of security personnel in Lebanon
The Egyptian pound has lost half its value against the dollar since March, following a devaluation demanded as part of a $3 billion International Monetary Fund loan agreement