Stories By 'The Statesman'
That the Finance minister’s tweet after having briefed a press conference on his dubious plan to reduce oil prices by Rs 2.50 a litre should have been met by derision was only to be expected given that he had very recently argued that oil prices were not under his control.
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Opinion polls, particularly those conducted well in advance of elections are notoriously inaccurate, critics even wonder if some are deliberately slanted. Despite those realities the Congress party like the proverbial drowning man and a straw, will desperately clutch on to the poll which suggests that the party will regain Rajasthan, and despite the Prime Minister’s recent campaigning, Vasundhara Raje will make way for Sachin Pilot in Jaipur.
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The oceanic waters get choppier still with the renewed trade offensive by Donald Trump. It may not be a full-scale trade war quite yet, but the US President has definitely ratcheted up the pressure with the announcement that the White House will impose new tariffs on Chinese imports worth $200 billion, and another $267 billion if Beijing made any attempt to retaliate.
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It is tricky trying to determine an appropriate response to the latest order of the Supreme Court seeking to rid electoral politics of unsavoury persons. Should it be a philosophically positive “as long as there’s life there’s hope”… or a lament that their Lordships admitted to their own shortcomings when expressing an inability to issue firm directives to the government? For it is wishful thinking to expect the political class to commit hara-kiri—not after the reluctance to take legislative action to crack down on the scourge of lynch mobs.
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The transition from Sutanati to shopping malls has been devastating. As Sunday unfolded, the dawn-to-dusk fire in Kolkata’s Bagree Market ended a crucial chapter in the evolution of the city’s economic history. The nerve-centre of wholesale trade has been reduced to ashes, and this is the core issue that ought to take precedence over consumer interest in the immediate perspective.
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Sweden has trodden ground that was prepared in Germany and Italy with the marked ascendancy of the far-right in Sunday’s election. The striking feature of the outcome must be that while there are many losers, there are no spectacular winners
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