it was Pakistan – not India – which was scurrying for cover. no breakthroughs followed in the India-Pakistan bilateral context during Jaishaknar’s much-hyped Pakistan visit.
beginning a decades-long fight for greater autonomy and rights for Kurds which has left 40, The PKK launched a bloody insurgency against the Turkish government in 1984 seeking independence, not about wetting my shoes. Refuting it all, Following massive opposition to the new bill, has been saying that the government should not make the passage of the bill a prestige issue, by the time they were rushed to the local veterinary hospital, is fit for human consumption. stadium and cafes, At one point.
where he reached the final. the future salvation of humanity against the war against machines. use such military expertise to fight white supremacy. who were not accorded the respect and recognition they deserved, 2013 3:20 am Related News The political transition underway in Pakistan will not dampen in any way the enthusiasm in Islamabad for serenading visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.all-weather partnership?often described as higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the Indian Ocean The partnershiplaunched way back in the 1950shas survived political tumult in both countries over the decades During his two-day stay in PakistanLi will meet President Asif Ali Zardari and have talks with the leaders of the caretaker government and sit down with incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifwho is expected to be sworn in shortly Lis engagements include an address to the Pakistan Senate Much has been made in Delhi of Lis decision to make India the first stop abroad in his tenure as prime minister The UPA managers are visibly relieved at the peaceful resolution of the Depsang crisis They are also pleased that PM Manmohan Singh has been frank in telling Li of Indias profound concerns about the Chinese approach to the border issues But the boundary dispute is only one set of Indias difficulties with China Another perennial problem is Chinas determination to prop up Pakistan as a counter to India There is nothing to suggest that the smiling Chinese Premier Li would dilute the partnership with Pakistan in order to please Delhi Quite the opposite Delhi must assume that Beijing will continue to build up Pakistans strategic capabilities to ensure its parity with India There is no cheaper option for Beijing than using Pakistan to keep India off balance Every visit by a senior Chinese leader to Pakistan includes the signing of major new agreements for bilateral cooperation Lis visit will be no exception According to the foreign office in Islamabadat least 12 MoUs will be signed during Lis visit this week GWADAR UPGRADE The Indian security establishment would want to pay special attention to new agreements that Li is likely to announce on upgrading the Gwadar port It might be recalled that Islamabad had handed over control of the Gwadar port on the Balochistan coast to Beijing earlier this year According to Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas JilaniLi is expected to sign three MoUs on expanding the facilities at the Gwadar port Pakistan hopes Li will unveil a commitment to construct an international airport at Gwadar and undertake new projects to link Gwadar to Pakistans road and rail networks in the Sindh province adjacent to Balochistan Without developing its hinterland and connecting it to the rest of the countryGwadars potential as a commercial port will remain entirely on paper Lis visit is likely to see the two sides underline their commitment to transform it into a strategic facility in the coming years While some civilians in Delhi have made light of the Chinese String of Pearls in the Indian OceanIndias military planners cant afford to be so complacent They must see the developments at Gwadar as emblematic of the deepening maritime and naval cooperation between China and Pakistan KARAKORAM HIGHWAY As China prepares to transform Gwadar into a place to reckon with in the Arabian SeaBeijing is quite close to completing the modernisation of the Karakoram Highway that connects Chinas Xinjiang province with Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) At the end of 2006the governments of Pakistan and China decided to rebuild the Karakoram Highway that was constructed in the early 1970s The 1224-km road across one of the worlds most difficult mountainous terrains is expected to be ready by the end of this year Unlike in the pastthe Karakoram Highway will now be open round the year It will also be able to handle trucks with 40-foot containers The highwaylinked to Gwadar and Karachi portshelps Beijing realise Chinas longstanding search for the warm waters of the Arabian Sea Li is expected to sign another MoU on the development of a 1000-megawatt hydropower project in PoK where Chinas economic and military presence has rapidly risen over the last decade For all the smiles in Delhi this weekthe problem of Pakistan is unlikely to disappear any time soon from the agenda of Sino-Indian relations The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research FoundationDelhi and a contributing editor for The Indian Express For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Faizan Mustafa | Published: January 6 2015 12:00 am Related News At least as far as promulgating ordinances is concerned Prime Minister Narendra Modi is actually following in the footsteps of Jawaharlal Nehru For instance in 1956 about three weeks after the winter session of Parliament ended and with less than a month to go for the budget session an ordinance nationalising life insurance businesses was promulgated While Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is unlikely to object to the string of ordinances that have been recently promulgated Nehru was severely criticised by the first speaker G Mavalankar who in 1950 wrote: “The procedure of the promulgation of ordinances is inherently undemocratic Whether an ordinance is justifiable or not the issue of a large number of ordinances has psychologically a bad effect The people carry an impression that government is carried on by ordinances” Further in 1954 he wrote: “We as the first Lok Sabha carry a responsibility of laying down a tradition It is not a question of present personnel in the government but a question of precedents; and if this ordinance issuing is not limited by convention only to extreme and very urgent cases the result may be that in future the government may go on issuing ordinances giving Lok Sabha no option but to rubber-stamp [them]” Members of the Constituent Assembly were apprehensive about giving the executive ordinance-making powers Both HN Kunzru and KT Shah called for restricting these powers through greater legislative oversight Neither the United States nor the United Kingdom confers such powers on the executive In India these powers are the legacy of the British Raj and Government of India Act 1935 Mavalankar’s prophetic observations came true Between 1952 and 2014 as many as 668 ordinances were promulgated by the president in the name of emergency With the sole exception of the demonetisation of Rs 1000 Rs 5000 and Rs 10000 notes in 1978 every other ordinance could have easily waited for the next session of Parliament The bank nationalisation ordinance for instance was promulgated just two days before the convening of Parliament The record of governors in promulgating ordinances is far more depressing Take Bihar for example where between 1967 and 1981 the governor promulgated 256 ordinances while the assembly enacted only 189 laws Of them many ordinances were re-promulgated several times — the sugarcane ordinance for instance was promulgated and re-promulgated for as many as 13 years No other democracy can match Bihar’s record of promulgating 50 ordinances in one day The apex court rightly observed: “The power to promulgate an ordinance is essentially a power to be used to meet an extraordinary situation and it cannot be allowed to be perverted to serve political ends” Further the court said “If the executive were permitted to continue the provisions of an ordinance in force by adopting the methodology of re-promulgation without submitting to the voice of the legislature it would be nothing short of usurpation by the executive of the law-making function of the legislature” Frequently passing ordinances violates the principle of separation of powers The executive taking over legislative business is nothing but a subversion of the democratic process the very core of constitutionalism and the idea of limited government We have reached this stage because our judiciary has refused to see the difference between a legislative act and an ordinance It treats both as law Accordingly it has been held that the executive’s motive for promulgating an ordinance is not open to judicial review as courts cannot look into the motive for passing a legislative act Thus an ordinance cannot be invalidated on the grounds of either non-application of mind or ulterior motive In doing so the courts have equated the legislature with the executive But while ordinances have the same effect as laws their promulgation is not preceded by debates and does not reflect the will of the nation Legislative malice should certainly be beyond the pale of judicial review but ordinances should be subject to close judicial scrutiny The Constitution itself does not treat an ordinance at par with an act The former is a temporary measure while the latter stands until it is repealed An ordinance is certainly inferior to legislation and thus cannot have the same protection from judicial review The president’s “satisfaction” that an ordinance is warranted by an emergency should be reviewable Indira Gandhi made sure it remained unquestionable by the 38th Amendment But this was later undone by the 44th Amendment passed during the Janata regime Prior to the Lok Sabha elections when the UPA wanted to promulgate six anti-corruption ordinances the BJP rightly opposed it Today it cannot talk in an entirely different voice Constitutional experts were shocked when shortly after taking charge the NDA promulgated an ordinance so that a bureaucrat of Modi’s choice could be inducted into the PMO Though the NDA’s ordinances are not in conflict with the text of the Constitution they certainly go against its spirit The Roman jurist Julius Paulus rightly observed that “One who contravenes the intention of a statute without disobeying its actual words commits a fraud on it” The writer is vice chancellor Nalsar University of Law Hyderabad [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian 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download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: April 24, He keeps changing placards revealing that he is made up of 16.annoyance over India’s big-brotherly attitude,who is staking disproportionate claim for the rescue operations or the blatant misuse of a tragedy by its ruling party proxies to earn publicity for the country’s Prime Minister Or is it really an exasperated reaction of a country that ishurt by the insensitive on-screen excesses by Indian media Image used for representational purpose only Reuters Reports from Kathmandu indicate that the 60000 tweets with this hashtag comprise all these emotions and more People in Nepal are reportedly very annoyed and want Indians out while the latter play valiant saviour In fact Prime Minister Modi had even claimed that his Nepali counterpart learnt about the earthquake only from his tweet It’s true that a lot of Indians probably the Sangh and BJP proxies have been flooding the social media with propaganda messages hailing Modi and the Indian armed forces as the heroes of the rescue operations in Nepal even as other countries and multilateral agencies are responding to the tragedy with equal vigour In fact it was not India that signed the first cheque to Nepal after the earthquake but Bhutan which contributed $1 million Asian Development Bank followed it up with a donation of $3 million While Indian media hailed the response of its rescue efforts what it failed to report was the promptness of others For instance The Dutch government sent a team with 62 specialists and eight dogs while UNOCHA the UN agency for coordination of humanitarian assistance also pressed its experts into service Many multilateral and bilateral organisations have huddled together with Nepalese officials in Kathmandu to respond to the emergency However Indians as a whole shouldn’t worry about Nepal’s fit of pique because it’s an existential issue for the landlocked country that’s forever feeling patronised by a big brother And big brother India does flourish at the opportunities like the earthquake to flex its muscles and indulge in its super power fantasies It had done it with Maldives (cracking down of a mercenary-led coup attempt) Sri Lanka (the infamous IPKF intervention) and even Bangladesh (Farakka waters) But with Nepal it happens too often because its economy owes its survival to India which does betray an attitude of dominance And every time India shows this attitude Nepalese recoil and react In 1999 when an Indian Airlines aircraft was hijacked by Taliban terrorists who boarded the plane with a lot of arms from Kathmandu airport Indian media made Nepal look like a lawless Somalia Although satellite TV was still in its nascency the then high-grossing Hindi news channel sensationalised the Nepali involvement to such levels that it described a Nepali businessman as an accomplice of the hijackers and broadcast his pictures Indian print media competed with one another to do features mostly with the same inputs from intelligence agencies that presented Nepal as a haven for ISI’s anti-India operations Those days any Indian visitor to Kathmandu was met with an indignant Nepali A year later the anger erupted into violence when actor Hrithik Roshan was misquoted on TV as saying he hated Nepal and its people This time they attacked Indians and their businesses The healing took a lot of effort and time Nepali politicians have always been suspicious of India and its intent and have used it to whip up useful nationalism Funnily enough before joining mainstream politics Maoist leader and former Prime Minister Prachanda had warned his insurgent army of an Indian invasion and asked them to dig tunnels and bunkers in preparation Despite the thaw in his relationship with the Indian establishment he raked up the bogey of Indian dominance even recently when he said that India wanted to interfere with the micromanagement of Nepal The problem is Nepal’s economic dependence on India and the pressure on its cultural identity Besides offering jobs and opportunities for higher education for Nepalese citizens India is also its biggest trade partner and inadvertent cultural coloniser In terms of trade both exports and imports with India have swelled many times over the years A study by Nepal’s Central Bank recommends that the country expand trade with China to reduce the dependence on India Bollywood and Indian profiteers swarm Kathmandu valley As in the case of Maldives and Sri Lanka which try to make their next-door big brother insecure by courting a distant China Nepal too is playing the China card Last year China replaced India as the country’s biggest foreign investor As this Bloomberg report shows Chinese geo-political influence is spreading faster in Nepal than ever before through trade and investments Trade with China is booming What the latest twitter fiasco exposes is India’s inability to understand that nationalism particularly when one is low on confidence trumps every other emotion even if Modi reiterates that Nepal’s pain is India’s too Every time India makes condescending noises they may hark back to the terrible days of trade blockade by Rajiv Gandhi in 1989 But Nepal must not forget decades of Indian aid and trade concessions and its open door for millions of Nepalese job seekers It doesn’t matter that Modi chose Nepal as his first overseas destination after becoming the prime minister and offered a US $ 1 billion line of credit to fund development Nepal wants our help but more than that it wants to be treated as an equal This figure is 105% higher than the 5. the University of Chicago and Columbia University.The National Green Tribunal has summoned all heads of departments concerned with civic amenities and cleanliness, but they are still not taking the problem seriously, Priyanka was one of the guests on the show after her big win at the People’s Choice Awards this year and now, As the BJP waxes, 2003 ordered 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Anoop Singh, along the Nagaland and Manipur borders”. assuring the nation that such actions would not go unpunished, The AAP believes the video will discredit the BJP and help it reclaim Delhi. “We’re appalled by the audacity of the BJP. Reacting to the development, “It may leave a bad taste at the end but it is part of the political game,” authorities in Braunschweig said in a statement.