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You would be forgiven for thinking, given the impassioned debate around the GDP figures for the second quarter (July-September) of the financial year 2017-8 released by the Central Statistics Office on Thursday, that there has been an earth-shattering development in the Indian economy, whether positive or negative would depend on your political affiliation. We are here to tell you that is expressly not so.

 

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Thursday, there was a common thread running through his speech — a deep belief that the 2014 mandate he received was not to merely enjoy office, but to bring about a systemic change in the way India was governed, in the way the Indian economy was run, and in the way India’s poor lived.

 

The credit rating company, Moody’s, has upgraded India’s investment ranking from the lowest to one notch up. This was preceded by India’s 30-spot rise in the “Ease of Doing Business” rankings, from 130 to 100.

 

The victory of India’s candidate to the International Court of Justice has been lauded as a great diplomatic victory, especially since it involved a bitter contest with a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

 

There is a real possibility that the end of America’s “unipolar moment” in Asia will be followed not by an enduring multipolar environment where India has room to thrive, but rather by Chinese regional hegemony.

 

A fortnight ago, as a precursor to the Ivanka Trump-attended Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad which begins today, another summit took place in in Dantewada, in Chhatisgarh.

 

The number of state police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel who committed suicide in Chhattisgarh has gone up this year.

 

The inability of the Modi government to create the fear of law amongst the corrupt is becoming increasingly evident to the people and there is disappointment on this account, writes N S Venkataraman 

 

Pakistan releasing Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack is a cruel joke on its victims.

 

 

Terrorism continues to pose the greatest threat to the internal security of the country. According to the US Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, India is the third most affected country after Iraq and Afghanistan in the number of attacks perpetrated on its soil. It is estimated that a total of 52 terrorist groups are active in different parts of India, which is higher than in any other country.

 


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