06 september 2018
Trade talks stuck as US presses gas and aircraft sales to India
India has trade surplus of $23bn with America. US is trying to push India to import aircrafts for civil aviation and Natural gas worth of $10bn to fill trade gap. Added to this India’s other concerns are
- Import tariffs on steel and Aluminium
- US proposal to review the generalised system of preferences status that India enjoys.
What’s in the name
Scheduled castes are often referred to as Dalits, Harijans, depressed classes. In historical perspective, these have different meanings. Today, Dalit as a word is significant for political and social mobilisation. It symbolises self respect, assertion, solidarity and opposition to caste oppression.
All for one, one for all
There is a proposal pending for reorganisation of Indian defence as theatre commands. USA and other developed countries done the same way. China recently did the same. In india, silo mentality of three services is a major challenge.
India has to fast understand changing nature of war and how it has to be synchronised with politics and diplomacy. Nature of war hardly changes and it is the character of war that undergoes change.so, unless India studies and understands its future defence challenges coordination can be achieved among armed forces.
Steps to stop the rot
Across the world, grain is stored in silos. It keeps them dry, water tight and away from growth of fungus. In india, CAP method (cover and plinth ) method is followed. It is storing grain in open air by covering with tarpaulins. Moisture in atmosphere is conducive for the growth of fungus. ( aflotoxins)
An assault on right to privacy
Supreme Court of India in Puttuswamy case held Right to Privacy as a fundamental right. The core value is built around dignity. Various writings of judges are
- The expression dignity carried with it moral and spiritual imports. It also implied an obligation on part of the union to respect the personality of every citizen and create the conditions in which every citizen would be left free to find himself/herself to attain self fulfilment.
- Dignity is prime constituent of fraternity
- Unity and integrity of the nation can not survive unless dignity of every individual citizen is guaranteed.
- Right to privacy consists of three facts – repose, sanctuary and intimate decision.
- Right to privacy includes privacy of choice which protects an individual’s autonomy over fundamental personal choices.
- Right to privacy includes the right to safeguard personal intimacies of the home, the family, marriage , child rearing and education.