Editorial

Towards 2021 with Optimism

THE Latin term `annus horribilis’ (horrible year) has been widely and understandably used to define the year 2020 which had just ended.  This is a natural description of an unprecedented year, which has seen a global pandemic – the corona virus pandemic – the comparable scale of which happened a full century ago when the “Spanish flu” caused worldwide havoc in 1918-1919. 

An Award to a Military Ally

THERE is something curious about the “Legion of Merit” award conferred on Prime Minister Narendra Modi by President Donald Trump.  The Legion of Merit is primarily a military honour bestowed by an American president.  The chief commander category has been in the past given mainly to army chiefs, generals and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of other countries. Only a handful have been given to heads of State, or, government leaders and those too have been close military allies of the United States.

A Resounding Victory in Kerala

THE Local Self-Governing Institutions (LSGI) elections in Kerala have resulted in a resounding victory for the Left Democratic Front.  The LDF has won 11 out of the 14 district panchayats; 108 of the 152 block panchayats; and 514 of the 941 grama panchayats.  The LDF has won five of the six corporations and 35 of the 86 municipalities.

Challenge before Regional Parties

THE BJP conducted a high-voltage campaign in the just-concluded Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election, the results of which are awaited. Fresh from their victory in the Dubbaka assembly by-election, which they snatched from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the BJP conducted a vicious communal campaign spearheaded by its national leadership ranging from Amit Shah to Adityanath.

No to Corporate run Banks

THE Internal Working Group (IWG) of the Reserve Bank of India has proposed allowing large corporates and industrial houses to own banks by amending the Banking Registration Act, 1949. The other proposal is to allow large non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) with asset size of Rs 50,000 crore and above (including those controlled by corporate houses) and with a track record of a decade, to convert themselves to banks.

Targeting the LDF Govt in Kerala

THE efforts to discredit and denigrate the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala have been mounting in the past few weeks.  The Congress-led UDF and the BJP have conducted agitations utilising the gold smuggling case to target Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the LDF government. 

As the assembly elections draw closer, the Congress and the BJP have moved explicitly to widen the ambit of their attack on the government.  Some of the central agencies have also been enlisted in this nefarious game. 

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