There’s the arithmetic of opposition unity, and then there’s the chemistry of Narendra Modi.
In the 1990s, government raised the Rashtriya Rifles as a specialised counter-insurgency force in the Valley. Two-and-a-half decades later, the insurgency, fanned by support from Pakistan, still continues.
The nurse is not just a victim of the Nipah virus, but also a horrifying loophole in India’s already crumbling medical system.
If Priyanka Chopra had met with Congolese refugees or Ukrainian refugees, the trolls would have cheered her. But Muslim refugees are another matter.
Though the chorus for unity is growing, one cannot ignore the fact that there are too many players aspiring to lead the non- BJP forces in 2019.
Mayawati is best placed to be a sutradhar, and not the protagonist. If she were to declare she’s not in the race for the post of PM, her status as the tallest Dalit leader would make her the real power broker of opposition unity.
As an Indian and a democrat – and as an opposition politician also facing a seemingly unvanquishable foe in power, and looking to unity and popular support to bring about change – I can only wish the new coalition government in Malaysia well.
There are many reasons why child labour is normalised in India, the primary being that it is often done with the aid of poor parents in desperate need of money.
In any crisis or critical situation, public figures, who influence millions globally, get caught in a spiral of blame game, which often takes the focus away from showing solidarity with the victims.
Never has Tamil Nadu seen such violence unleashed upon its people. With Tuticorin, the Palaniswami government has destroyed its mandate to govern.