Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Sep 2018 12:04:18













THE trade war between the United States and China seems to be hotting up every passing day. None of the two economic powers seems ready to blink. They are certainly marching on a disastrous course, not only for themselves but also for the rest of the world. The implications of this trade war between the two economic giants are rather grave for the entire world. By implication their actions are leading to jeopardising of the multilateral body the World Trade Organisation (WTO). There is no telling where this no-holds-barred tit-for-tat will end up. Obviously, it is US President Mr. Donald Trump who has started the disastrous game of one-upmanship and it is for him to take a fresh view of his economic policies. They, instead of doing any good to his nation and paving way for reviving the US economy, are pulling the country downhill. Apart from his war with China, Mr. Trump is also needling other countries similarly. He is in running feud with Iran and so also Russia, both nations being subjected to crippling economic sanctions by the Trump administration.




CHIEF Election Commissioner Mr. O.P. Rawat is right in saying that political parties suspect the actions of the Election Commission (EC) when competition is tough, and hurl all sorts of allegations at it. Yet, Dr. Rawat has said clearly that the Election Commission is ready to face all challenges that it confronts while conducting free and fair elections in the country. No matter a lot of allegations, it is common experience of every Indian that the EC has conducted itself in the most objective and non-partisan manner and has won national and international respect. In fact, the political community must understand that it is its fundamental duty in lending fullest cooperation to the EC to conduct elections in a free and fair manner. Unfortunately, however, this does not happen because of the immoral dimension Indian elections have acquired, thanks to the vested interests of various parties. Against this background, one has to take a look at what Mr. O.P. Rawat has said about how the EC functions.