Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Oct 2018 12:14:04











IN ITS typical policy of viewing a problem with different prisms, China has yet again dodged the issue of declaring terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. The mastermind of attacks on Indian Army base and the 26/11 Mumbai attacks has been blacklisted by organisations like BRICS. Yet, China has found ways to skirt the issue for alleged lack of enough proof. Time and again the Chinese have blocked India’s application at the United Nations to ban Azhar despite full support to the proposal from United Kingdom, United States and France. These double standards by China on the issue of countering terrorism has remained a prickly point in ties between New Delhi and Beijing. China’s blind support to its ‘all weather’ friend Pakistan would harm its own interests in the longer run. Dealing with China is an intriguing exercise in politics as well as diplomacy. However, present global equations, where the US is consistently pressurising China by starting a trade war, have handed India a chance to force a change in Beijing’s flip-flop policy on the Azhar matter.


IT IS unfortunate that on several issues of national importance the Supreme Court has to intervene and issue urgent missives to state, Central authorities to tackle problems facing the country. On environmental issues, particularly, the apex court has shown much concern and alacrity in issuing directives to authorities to take care of environmental matters. In its latest directive the Supreme Court has asked the Rajasthan Government to stop mining in the environmentally sensitive Aravali hills. According to estimates nearly 30 hills in the Aravali mountain region have been razed to ground for mining purposes. The apex court fears that this may be the reason for national capital Delhi facing the problem of high levels of pollution. If nearly 30 hills have disappeared it clearly indicates a high degree of callousness and unconcern for environmental issues even at the Government level. It appears that the miners have been given a free run in exploiting fragile natural resources, the consequences of which are all there to see.