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India to get a lead role in WHO on May 22

With the role of WHO under scanner by many world countries for its role in handling Coronavirus cases allegedly under pressure from China, India is set to move into a leadership role at the organization. The world is fighting the outbreak of coronavirus,.

India will assume the lead position on May 22 when the executive board holds its first meeting after the World Health Assembly conference. India will replace Japan that will complete its term.

It was decided last year at the WHO Southeast Asia group unanimously that the chairperson's position will come to India. The group proposed New Delhi to the executive board for three-year terms. Further, it also nominated India for the post of chairperson held by rotation for one year among the regional groups.

On May 18, the World Health Assembly will elect executive board members to fill up the vacancies.

25 Apr 2020
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Is Operation Lotus a ceaseless political exercise for BJP?

New Delhi: Apparently Operation Lotus seems to have become a continuous process across the country, it is not a need-based phenomenon like in Karnataka where not only the Congress but also Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have resigned from their respective parties but also in Goa and many other undisclosed places. They will come to surface only once the task is accomplished.

 

The BJP is not only focusing on the area where it does not have any presence but also in areas where it further needs strengthening of the party. Sources informed that the BJP is working among OBC leadership in Tamil Nadu, the community which is sizable in number and some big leaders may join the BJP in the state. In Goa, the Congress is left with five MLAs which was the single largest party when elections had happened.

 

The BJP is very active in Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal but gradually it is reaching out to such leaders who are not given their due. Political analysts say that indecisiveness or laid back attitude of the Congress and many other political parties is also playing a big role in disenchantment of these leaders. The entire northeast has become NDA-ruled state with the same tactics of winning over people either in the BJP or in NDA.

 

So not much is left in the northern part of the country but Bihar and Jharkhand too is under the scanner of the BJP with lots of regional forces strongly present in many other states. Some coup might happen in these areas. The BJP leadership is of the view that it does not want to ride piggyback on any political party in Tamil Nadu and even in AP so they are trying to build something its own.

 

Though the party feels that despite the BJP failing to win any seat in Kerala, there is a ripple  for the party in the state as in West Bengal, Odisha and Telengana but in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu the BJP is still an outsider and not accepted. To be precise, these are the two states where Modi factor did not work rather they voted against Modi. So the party is working hard in these states. Infighting in Tamil Nadu BJP is another factor that is the roadblock in the expansion of the party in the state. But the party feels that nothing could be as difficult as West Bengal and if the party manages to win seats in Bengal, Andhra and Tamil Nadu too will come their way with little more efforts. So be ready for some more surprises where your imaginations would not have reached with BJP winning over some regional satraps.

(Vinod Kumar Shukla)

13 Jul 2019
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India to get a lead role in WHO on May 22

By IndianMandarins 25 Apr 2020

With the role of WHO under scanner by many world countries for its role in handling Coronavirus cases allegedly under pressure from China, India is set to move into a leadership role at the organization. The world is fighting the outbreak of coronavirus,.

India will assume the lead position on May 22 when the executive board holds its first meeting after the World Health Assembly conference. India will replace Japan that will complete its term.

It was decided last year at the WHO Southeast Asia group unanimously that the chairperson's position will come to India. The group proposed New Delhi to the executive board for three-year terms. Further, it also nominated India for the post of chairperson held by rotation for one year among the regional groups.

On May 18, the World Health Assembly will elect executive board members to fill up the vacancies.

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Is Operation Lotus a ceaseless political exercise for BJP?

By IndianMandarins 13 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Apparently Operation Lotus seems to have become a continuous process across the country, it is not a need-based phenomenon like in Karnataka where not only the Congress but also Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have resigned from their respective parties but also in Goa and many other undisclosed places. They will come to surface only once the task is accomplished.

 

The BJP is not only focusing on the area where it does not have any presence but also in areas where it further needs strengthening of the party. Sources informed that the BJP is working among OBC leadership in Tamil Nadu, the community which is sizable in number and some big leaders may join the BJP in the state. In Goa, the Congress is left with five MLAs which was the single largest party when elections had happened.

 

The BJP is very active in Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal but gradually it is reaching out to such leaders who are not given their due. Political analysts say that indecisiveness or laid back attitude of the Congress and many other political parties is also playing a big role in disenchantment of these leaders. The entire northeast has become NDA-ruled state with the same tactics of winning over people either in the BJP or in NDA.

 

So not much is left in the northern part of the country but Bihar and Jharkhand too is under the scanner of the BJP with lots of regional forces strongly present in many other states. Some coup might happen in these areas. The BJP leadership is of the view that it does not want to ride piggyback on any political party in Tamil Nadu and even in AP so they are trying to build something its own.

 

Though the party feels that despite the BJP failing to win any seat in Kerala, there is a ripple  for the party in the state as in West Bengal, Odisha and Telengana but in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu the BJP is still an outsider and not accepted. To be precise, these are the two states where Modi factor did not work rather they voted against Modi. So the party is working hard in these states. Infighting in Tamil Nadu BJP is another factor that is the roadblock in the expansion of the party in the state. But the party feels that nothing could be as difficult as West Bengal and if the party manages to win seats in Bengal, Andhra and Tamil Nadu too will come their way with little more efforts. So be ready for some more surprises where your imaginations would not have reached with BJP winning over some regional satraps.

(Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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BJP gets ready with its mission Coromandal Coast for next five years

By IndianMandarins 03 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Winning states along the Coromandal Coast is the new mission for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the next five years and the BJP has already started working there from very long as these are the areas where the BJP has lots of hopes. Besides Jammu and Kashmir, states like Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Odisha and West Bengal are states where the party still not only wants its chances to improve in the Lok Sabha but also replace the state governments.

 

National secretary of the BJP Sunil Deodhar, who is credited with ousting the Communist government in Tripura, is working in Andhra Pradesh 24X7 to make prospect of the party better in the state besides many other leaders. The BJP has been successful up to some extent in West Bengal and Odisha but now they have added two more states into their scheme of things.

 

A BJP leader is of the view that in such areas where the party does not have any presence, you need a lot of perseverance and these new areas will help the BJP getting majority in 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The way party has managed loss of Uttar Pradesh from West Bengal, anti-incumbency of some other places will be matched up from these states.

 

The BJP is of the view that the wheel has rolled on in these states with the party winning 18 seats in West Bengal, Telengana 4, Odisha 8 however the party failed to get any seat in Andhra Pradesh which of course is a big challenge but party needs some more efforts. The party might induct some leaders from other political parties to the BJP fold as it did in West Bengal and Odisha.

 

So the new mission for the BJP and its leadership are these states. BJP president and Union home minister Amit Shah recently had an exclusive meeting with the leaders of the West Bengal as their eyes are on Assembly elections in the state. Assembly elections in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh will take place along with 2024 Lok Sabha elections while in Telengana they will happen little early.

 

So 21 seats in Odisha, 17 seats in Telengana, 42 seats in West Bengal and 25 seats in Andhra matter a lot for the BJP so it has started not only working among the people but also started winning over local leadership who can help making dent into people of these states.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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Modi Govt 2.0 outlining a growth story: Drive conveniently, drive easy

By IndianMandarins 02 Jun 2019

India needs an investment ranging from $5 to 10 trillion to develop its infrastructure, science, agriculture, industry, and commerce to a point where the per capita GDP improves from $2000 to $20,000 in the next 10 years. Where will, or could, this money come from? Only from the US, Europe, and East Asian countries like Japan and South Korea. Forget about China. Let it invest in Pakistan.

 

That being the reality, New Delhi may have to work really hard and pragmatically in the next few months to streamline its economic reform agenda and tune the foreign policy accordingly. The concept of economic nationalism is good, but it has to be distilled too often through pragmatism to turn on its potency.

 

Currently, Europe, which could be one of the major financiers to India's growth story, has been waiting helplessly for the last 15 years for a free trade agreement. Similar is the story of trade relations with the US which has expressed its great displeasure by withdrawing the GSP trade scheme. Trade relations with Japan and South Korea are good but not without creases. 

 

In all cases, irrelevant issues have been raised by negotiating officials. So the matter needs to be sorted out at the government and ministerial levels.

 

The US move to withdraw GSP on India's exports to that country has only added urgency to the matter of redefining India's relations with financing countries. No great achievements would be made if New Delhi tries to woo Chinese capital, which is already tied with financing India's adversaries and enemies.

 

The US president is known for his transactional nature. Since the US played a pivotal role in backing France-sponsored Western move to blacklist Masood Azhar by taking the issue to the larger UNSC, which would have made China explain the reasons for its 'constructive support' to Azhar, China blinked and backed off because it had no valid reasons for imposing its willful and malicious hold on Azhar's blacklisting.

 

For a much-needed favor shown to India, Trump naturally wants reciprocal favor. And like always, New Delhi is whining and grumbling. Instead of sending the new foreign minister Jaishankar to Washington to handle the matter urgently and negotiate a win-win deal on minor trade issues that could snowball into bigger problems, spinmasters are trying to convey that the move may not be much damaging.

 

The commerce ministry has said and believes that the GSP withdrawal may impact marginally as the total duty reduction under the scheme was only $190 million a year on the trade value of $6.3 billion. Since, in 2018, India had a goods trade surplus of $21.3 billion with the US, the ministry is not bothered about the fact that what begins as a trickle could become a powerful trend. Look at our trade deficit with China: it began as a trickle 15 years ago and now it costs a huge $70 billion that empowers China to freely finance our adversaries, enemies, and internal saboteurs.

 

New Delhi doesn't seem to have played its hands deftly during the first NaMo term 2014-19 on issues that concern the West, which remains the largest source of FDI, FPIs, technology, IT, and outsourcing businesses. In 2018, for instance, it created avoidable tax hurdles in the functioning of Amazon. It really sent out a wrong signal that it was being done to protect domestic e-commerce and other retail businesses. After the Vodafone incident, this was the second instance of creating unnecessary tax problems for major foreign operators. In both cases, the FinMin was run by lawyers.

 

So, in a sense, it's a great relief that the FinMin has come to be occupied by Nirmala Seetharaman who understands the complexities of global finance and business.

 

Looks like she may get adequate support from the new foreign minister who after retirement was put on probation in learning the ropes of international finance and trade at Tata Sons. This couldn't but have been done with an agreement between Ratan Tata and Narendra Modi. Possibly, Modi's first term taught him that he needed a foreign minister who could deal with global businesses as proficiently as he dealt with politics. And so, he must have organized Jaishankar's appointment on Tata Sons. 

(By M K Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan)

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