The Statesman (India)

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Excellence cannot be thrust upon an institution. It has recently been acquired by Calcutta University through considerable perseverance and tenacity of purpose. The process of attaining excellence involves the recruitment of outstanding faculty, providing them with resources and facilities in terms of laboratories, libraries, and research amenities. Now that Calcutta University has retrieved its lost excellence, it is time to strive further and recover its past glory.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) -The Supreme Court of India in a landmark judgment no so long ago described certain institutions of India as ‘integrity institutions.’ Most important of these was the Election Commission of India, followed by the judiciary.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Indonesia has registered a vote for continuity, a triumph of the incumbent. President Joko Widodo is poised for a comfortable victory over the former special forces commander, Prabowo Subianto, by nine percentage points.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The burst of (planted and motivated) stories by a section of the Western media to negate the shooting of a US-made F-16 Falcon by an IAF pilot flying an “inferior” MiG-21 Bison is neither surprising nor unexpected. It’s but natural; at least to this author. Why? What’s the reason?

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday said that India has shared all evidences of terrorist activities of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and its chief Maulana Masood Azhar with China regarding the terrorist leader’s 1267 listing.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct comes into force with the announcement of the poll dates. Parties make their pledges and promises accordingly. But the people can’t be fooled all the time. They do realise that the promises made before the elections are meant to be broken. Then, how can an election become a festival of the masses? The festival of democracy is a veritable horror in certain parts of the country.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - When elections are being conducted for 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, the outcome of a mere seven is unlikely to heavily influence the overall balance of power. Yet when those are the prestigious seats from the Capital they carry decidedly more weight than the numbers might suggest.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - In a major setback to Donald Trump’s foreign policy, the US-led peace process, geared to end nearly 18 years of relentless conflict in Afghanistan, has hit the reefs. This lengthens the loop of US setbacks ever since President George Bush ~ in the aftermath of 9/11 ~ had raided the caves of Tora Bora to “smoke out” Osama bin Laden (October 2001).

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) -Two things – money power and muscle power – are choking Indian elections and the current Lok Sabha polls are no exception. A recent Bloomsburg report notes that Indian elections would be the world’s most expensive polls.The Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies puts an estimate of over Rs 50,000 crore for the current 2019 poll expense, a 40 per cent jump from 2014.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he had warned Pakistan of consequences if they didn’t release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from their custody.