Firstpost Editor's Picks: Naseeruddin Shah's remarks, BJP's rath yatra, Pulwama encounter aftermath; today's must-read articles
What Naseeruddin has said in the context of the 3 December killing of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and local youth Sumit Kumar in Bulandshahr and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's reaction to it, makes eminent sense.
What Naseeruddin has said in the context of the 3 December killing of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and local youth Sumit Kumar in Bulandshahr and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's reaction to it, makes eminent sense. The killing of a police inspector in mob violence is nothing new. But the Bulandshahr case is entirely different.
Politically and ideologically, the BJP continues to be on a sticky wicket in Bengal, which is why it is making outlandish claims. The Trinamool Congress may not be an exemplar of democratic functioning, but the rath yatra ban does not prove that. In any case, it would be hard put to be more "undemocratic" than the BJP.
Pakistan’s comparatively advantageous geostrategic location in South Asia is rarely quoted in Indian strategic circles; that its real estate in different ways is a potential boon to the neighbouring five major civilisations: Indian, Chinese, Central Asian, Persian and Arab. It’s a question of who exploits it to advantage and to whom Pakistan denies that advantage.
The death of seven civilians, the highest in a single gunfight in recent years, triggered widespread anger. It was condemned widely, and both sides following the same drill. The separatists called a strike and a symbolic protest march to the army cantonment in Srinagar while the administration resorted to blocking internet in the Valley and restricted people’s movement in Srinagar. Elsewhere, there was talk of “following the SOPs”.
For decades, Indian liberals have controlled the levers of power. They have conditioned everyone to think in a certain way about who is important and who is not. While they have had to yield the levers of power, the mental conditioning is harder to get out of our heads
The home minister addressing the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on its final day emphasised that India was in a state of 'policy paralysis' before 2014, and it was changed by the present dispensation
While the SP is banking heavily on Akhilesh Yadav’s image as a young, energetic leader, the BJP under Yogi Adityanath is reaching out to the masses with his government’s development and law-and-order report cards