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US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen

US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen

The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion...

Obama defends immigration pledge

Obama defends immigration pledge

US President Barack Obama has defended plans to use his overriding executive powers to push through changes to the nation's immigration system. He said Congress had been given ample opportunity to come up with its own plan but had failed to act. His remarks follow reports in the New York Times and Fox News that...

India bans first-class air travel for officials

India bans first-class air travel for officials

India's government has banned first class air travel for bureaucrats, meetings in five-star hotels and purchases of cars in a series of tough austerity measures. The moves are aimed at achieving a fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of the gross domestic product for this year. India's economy has slowed in recent years, growing by 4.7%...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Whither Congress?

THE defeat of the Congress in Haryana and Maharashtra state elections does not come as a surprise. It was expected. Those who have followed the political developments since the 2014 Lok Sabha election had inferred that the party was a story of the past. It had been battered by charges of corruption so much and for so long that it had no public image left. The other parties, particularly the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), are finding favour with the...

India holds crucial state elections

India holds crucial state elections

Voting has begun in crucial state elections in India in what is seen as PM Narendra Modi's first major test of popularity five months after he led his BJP to a landslide win. The BJP is hoping to win in Maharashtra and Haryana, which have been ruled by Congress along with its allies. In September,...

Congress drops Shashi Tharoor for 'praising Modi'

Congress drops Shashi Tharoor for 'praising Modi'

India's main opposition Congress party has removed MP Shashi Tharoor from the post of party spokesman after criticism that he had praised PM Narendra Modi. The twice-elected MP from Kerala recently said he was "honoured" to have been invited by the PM to be part of his Clean India campaign. Tharoor's critics said his praise...

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

As a US senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W Bush's administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, US fighter jets and unmanned drones armed...

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Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

SAINTS are the exception. Anyone else in the writing business, including those of us at the nether end of the business, can rarely resist the temptations of glory. The danger is obvious: vainglory, that purgatory space where imagination outstrips the boundaries of reality and ego functions on the basis of what we imagine we...

Editorial: The Statesman (India)

The saffronite hand again?

EH CARR'S famous query -- what is history? -- remains unanswered in the midst of the Government of India's renewed meddling with the historian's craft. Quite simply, Clio deserves better from the political class. The state interference with historiography, markedly manifest ever since the Babri Masjid came under the pickaxe on December 6, 1992, is palpable once more. The appointment of Y.S. Rao as Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research has been greeted with consternation in the academic...

India's Third Republic

THIS term 'Third Republic' in relation to India has been borrowed from a lecture by eminent Indian international relations scholar and geo-strategist Dr. C. Raja Mohan, organised by Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS), which he delivered recently in Dhaka. The idea suggests a paradigm shift in Indian politics from weaker central power to a stronger one, unlike the past two decades which were the 'Second Republic' as per Dr. Mohan's lexicon. The first one, of course,...

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