Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Nov 2018 14:33:55











SENIOR Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mrs. Sushma Swaraj’s decision not to contest next Lok Sabha elections will come as a surprise and shock to many. Because her Parliamentary career as the front-bencher spanned over many decades. Her mannerisms and her erudite eloquence was a treat to listen to and even watch and provided good lesson in parliamentary conduct and practices. Because of her scholarship she earned respect from all sections of the Parliament. She has been one of those leaders who lent dignity to parliamentary conduct. Along with Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi Mrs. Sushma Swaraj has been managing the External Affairs Ministry with great panache. Her decision not to enter the electoral fray is obviously prompted by her health. But if she has decided to avoid the rough and tumble of electoral battlefield, her option may not be closed as yet. She can still constructively contribute to the national cause by opting for a seat in the Rajya Sabha. She can remain a guiding force for the younger generation of parliamentarians.



BY SIGNING yet another defence deal with Russia India has made it known to the Trump Administration that national security was of prime importance and no sanction from any power would impede India’s resolve to meet its military requirement from the sources of its choice. On Tuesday, India inked an agreement with Russia to build two missile frigates in Goa at a cost of USD 500 million. By signing these high profile deals with Russia, India has made known that age-old defence cooperation with Russia would not be affected by any considerations, including the sanctions that the Trump Administration has imposed on several of Russian defence production companies. Under these sanctions countries are barred from reaching any commercial deals with these companies. But India has not been cowed down by these restrictive actions of the American Government. Similarly India has gone ahead with signing long-term agreement with Iran for purchasing oil despite there being stringent US sanctions.