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...Facilitating this sovereign effort is the economic success of China that has fuelled dreams of the 21st century as the Chinese century. This also legitimises its questionable international relationships with countries with dubious track records like Pakistan or North Korea, in its quest to realise its widely believed ‘Chinese Dream’. Therefore, checkmating potential competition from countries like India by blocking its entry into NSG or its rightful permanent seat in the UNSC, tactically supporting terrorists like Hafiz Saeed or even keeping the Sino-Indian border ‘active’, is part of a calibrated game-plan to keep India on its toes. China regularly invokes its conveniently assumed and often manufactured ‘history’ to buttress its claims of sovereignty. ...TOI on July 4, 2017, 2 a.m.
...2014 general elections saw the soldier-rabbit pulled out of the hat, to conjure a seductive image of muscularity, decisiveness and patriotism. Still, while its suitors are many, and the army has taken failed promises on its chins, it has remained steadfast, ramrod straight and absolutely silent on the question as to who exactly owns it. It rightfully swears to the Constitution of India and not to any political party, person or religion. Does the Indian army belong to Raj Thackeray who offers Rs 5 crore to it, to Kargil martyr’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur, to Mohan Bhagwat, Kanhaiya Kumar, gau rakshaks or Umar Khalid? The simple answer is, it belongs to ‘all of the above’ and to the 1,300 million other Indians, irrespective of their opinions about the armed forces. ...TOI on April 8, 2017, 2 a.m.
...This does not debar action-oriented measures, but mandates a certain tone and demands the governor to be the “benevolent elder”, who could legitimately rein in the government of the day, even though it represents the larger will of the electorate, when a constitutional crisis looms. What constitutes a crisis to warrant a public dissent is subjective, but the phraseology and text of the gubernatorial reprimand, is not. The Indian Constitution has chiseled an active and executive role for the prime minister and chief ministers, and more “conservative” and “overlooking” responsibilities for the President and those holding gubernatorial positions. ...Indian Express on Jan. 14, 2017, 12:29 a.m.