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Why India today needs a George Fernandes

George made his mistakes — I would never deny that — but there was a lot he said and did that was right. He had the courage to be different and stand by his opinions. We could do with a man like that today Updated: Jun 13, 2020 20:35 IST By Karan Thapar, George made mistakes, but he had both courage and empathy (PTI) They say cometh the hour cometh the man. I’ve no doubt the hour has arrived but the man that comes to my mind is missing. Yet the more I think of two of the dominant crises confronting our country today, the more I reflect on what he might have had to say. It will probably take you by surprise when I name him. I’m pretty sure none of you have thought of him for a long while. But his views remain pertinent. The man was George Fernandes. Let’s start with the latest of the two crises — the confrontation with China in Sikkim and Ladakh. George, if I can so refer

India’s China Conundrum: Building a Great Wall of Democracy to Quarantine China

Streamed live 2 hours ago . ****  Watch   🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴 Even if de-escalation happens and status quo ante is restored (which is unlikely) along the Line of Actual Control in eastern #Ladakh after a tense standoff between #India and #China , there is no reason for New Delhi to trust Beijing. If anything, the fourth standoff ever since the rise of #CPC general secretary #Xi Jinping to absolute power shows India must not be lulled into believing that China will allow ‘peace and tranquillity’ to prevail along the LAC. Sooner than later there will be further transgressions by the PLA at some point or the other along the 3,800 km LAC. India has a China conundrum – it is a very real and very difficult problem that requires short-term, medium-term and long-term measures to achieve the goal of ultimately taming a rogue dragon. In the short and medium term, Raksha Mantralay and Nehru Bhawan in New Delhi have to play smart and swift tactical games, making the most of the risin


General Geostrategic importance of Tibetan Plateau makes China highly sensitive to any threats in this region. Importance of Tibet to India is equally well established. The Tibetan Plateau is the source of three of the largest rivers of China, the Yellow River in the North, Yangtze River in the Centre, and Pearl River in South China.   Rivers Indus, Sutlej, and Brahmaputra, three of the largest rivers of India, too originate from the Tibetan Plateau. Indus River is also the major source of water for Pakistan. Three of the largest rivers of Myanmar and SE Asia, the Irrawaddy, Salween, and Mekong Rivers, also have their origins in Tibetan Plateau.   Tibetan plateau is, thus, critical to water security of China, India, Pakistan and SE Asia. Chinese maritime trade routes through South China Sea to Indian Ocean region are extremely vulnerable to interdiction. Tibetan Mountain Ranges of Great Himalayas, Karakoram, Kunlun, and Tien Shan restrict Chinese land access to Indian Ocean.  Hence, th

12 charts that show how Black Americans face alarming economic inequality — and suggest it could worsen due to the coronavirus pandemic

12 charts that show how Black Americans face alarming economic inequality — and suggest it could worsen due to the coronavirus pandemic Joseph Zeballos-Roig Jun 10, 2020, 10:16 AM The recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality are also serving to highlight gaping economic inequality between white and Black Americans. These gaps have served to stagnate the financial wellbeing of Black people for generations, experts say. "Racism generates exclusion, discrimination, oppression, exploitation in a number of ways," Valerie Wilson, a director at the Economic Policy Institute, told Business Insider.  Twelve charts show racial disparities in unemployment rates, household wealth, earnings, and other economic indicators. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . In recent weeks, protests against police brutality have swep

Decades-long cover-up continues of assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme

Decades-long cover-up continues of assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme By Jordan Shilton 13 June 2020 Sweden’s official investigation into the 1986 assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme was formally concluded Wednesday with the identification of Stig Engström as the killer. Olof Palme in 1984 The announcement settles none of the many unanswered questions about the first assassination of a European head of government in the post-war era. The conclusion of the inquiry instead underlines the determination of powerful political forces to continue the decades-long cover-up surrounding Palme’s murder. Wednesday’s announcement was preceded by an unprecedented media campaign claiming that the truth was nigh.  Aftonbladet , Sweden’s largest daily tabloid, described the day as “historic” while almost every major bourgeois newspaper around the world carried reports on the upcoming press conference. When chief investigator Krister Peterson delivered his concluding 90-minute sta