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UP Cabinet expansion was an exercise in tokenism. No time is inauspicious for public service

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UP Cabinet expansion, five months before polls, was an exercise in tokenism. A silver lining was its timing – pitru paksha, a period considered inauspicious. Yogi Adityanath has done well to discard superstitions. Astrology, Vastu Shastra or lunisolar calendars are the refuge of non-performers. No time is inauspicious for public service.

CM Banerjee shouldn’t have to seek Centre’s approval for foreign trips. Modi govt’s denial is petty

MEA denying permission to Mamata Banerjee to travel to Rome for a peace conference is churlish. The practice of a chief minister having to seek the approval of the central government for foreign trips is itself anachronistic. Modi government comes across as petty and mean resorting to such juvenile politics.

Panchjanya calling Amazon the East India Company in 2021 hurts our image as investment hub

Panchjanya calling Amazon Inc the new East India Company is, once again, an instance of India sending mixed signals to global investors. In 2021, India can’t afford to be Janus-faced, seeking investment and attention on the one hand and batting for a tiny community of domestic traders on the other.

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