Stories By 'The Statesman'
The failure of Ramzan ceasefire in J&K must register as a classic example of official bungling: political, administrative and military. That only confirms the folly of both the state and central governments in misconstruing gestures, gimmicks, slogans etc. as governance.
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What ought to have been a crucial summit on international trade has had an ugly conclusion. The G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec, has failed. In terms of diplomatic courtesies, there was little. Of an effort to address the contentious issues, there was none. The American President made no effort to compromise on his tariff war and Mr Trump came through as a reluctant guest of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
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Lingering suspicions in the military that the first full-time woman defence minister would be a softie would have been dispelled by Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman’s authoritative posture at her press conference on Tuesday.
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It is becoming increasingly rare for commentators to find something positive upon which to opine in the contemporary era of bitterness that consistently degenerates into the vicious mudslinging which is the prevailing tenor of the current debate.
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Superlatives had greeted the decision to convene the US-North Korea summit on 12 June. The mood-swing is complete as last Thursday’s fizzle—courtesy Donald Trump—reaffirms that what was billed as unprecedented shall not happen, after all.
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The Swedish Academy is today a discredited entity. Not merely in the context of Friday’s announcement that there will be no Nobel for Literature this year. In a sense, the august entity has imploded.
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