The Statesman (India)

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - ​Things are definitely better today than during the Hobbesian ‘State of Nature’ or the medieval era when there were wars and internecine conflicts among different communities for supremacy and control over vast tracts of territories.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - ​As each layer is unpeeled of the multi-dimensional mess in which the Central Bureau of Investigation is plunged, the closer we come to the grim reality that the system of national governance is creaking: with the politicians calculatedly declining to face harsh facts.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The worthies who had gathered at Papua New Guinea over the weekend have agreed to disagree.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN)-​Forgive me, I may have missed something. There has of course been a lot to take in over the last few days. But, despite what the latest former Brexit secretary believes, it seems to me that the Brexit withdrawal agreement delivers almost exactly what the UK voted for in June 2016.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN)-​The completion of the first deterrence patrol by INS Arihant, India’s first home-developed, nuclear-powered submarine, completing the nuclear deterrence triad, procurement of the S400 missile systems from Russia and the induction of new heavy-calibre guns for the artillery are changing the balance of power in the subcontinent. There was immense criticism by Pakistan in every forum, including international gatherings, when India signed the S 400 missile deal.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN)-​The midterm elections have ended in the US with an apparently confusing message: Republicans have gained more seats in the Senate, Democrats in the House. But the real message is unambiguous: President Trump’s unchallenged rule has ended.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - As reports of malnutrition in the midst of affluent subsistence trickle in from different parts of the country, it is deeply astonishing that what they call (nutrition) programme for children has been suspended in Burdwan, till recently the rice bowl of West Bengal.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - It is not a little ironic that competitive corruption amongst its rank and file has overtaken a hallowed institution created to stand as a bulwark against corruption. Indeed, the Central Bureau of Investigation’s initial years did inspire awe and strike fear in equal measure, for it represented a lineage of detectives considered ace of aces and ranked amongst the best in the world.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) -​ In the aftermath of horrific instances of child abuse in several girls’ schools in Kolkata, the recommendations of a Calcutta High Court appointed committee urgently call for reflection.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - There was something gruesomely familiar about the way we commemorated the supposed end of the First World War a hundred years ago. Not just the waterfalls of poppies and the familiar names – Mons, the Somme, Ypres, Verdun – but the almost total silence about all those who died in the First World War, whose eyes were not as blue as ours might be or whose skin was not as pink as ours might be or whose suffering continues from the Great War to this very day.​