Pranab Dhal Samanta

  • View: A new CJI provides GoI the chance to have another go at judicial reforms

    View: A new CJI provides GoI the chance to have another go at judicial reforms

    In a recent interview to ET, Justice Bobde also said he was in favour of creating a national judicial service. GoI has been pushing this idea with the intent to create an all-India cadre of judicial officers from where bulk of future judges could be selected. The proposal has been gone into in considerable detail, including on ways to carry out an all-India test and selection.

    Why unlocking defence land bank to meet military's needs isn't a bad idea

    Why unlocking defence land bank to meet military's needs isn't a bad idea

    Can the money raised from auctioning this land not be used for the military’s benefit? Back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest that up to Rs 25,000 crore can be raised from this effort. This is a healthy corpus, which could be invested in secure financial instruments, if possible.

    RCEP is a call on China first, then ASEAN

    RCEP is a call on China first, then ASEAN

    India’s utilisation ratio of its current FTA with ASEAN is just about 6%. In contrast, ASEAN countries have a 36.3% utilisation. Also, unlike with Japan and Korea, the investment component is also not quite large.

    BJP unable to replicate central dominance in state elections

    BJP unable to replicate central dominance in state elections

    What could possibly have changed in four months? BJP ought to have swept these two states with near two-thirds majority going by the outcome of the general elections. Clearly, voters are distinguishing between assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

  • Pranab Dhal Samanta

    Trade big ones from small

    Two varying statements from the US — one seemingly promising, the other comparatively punishing —along with a delayed, but stiff Indian retaliation to the US announcing higher tariffs on Indian steel and aluminium last year,...

    Pranab Dhal Samanta

    The 2nd battle of Lutyens

    The battle for 2019 is underway. And it’s not happening in the far reaches of election-bound states like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, but in the corridors of power in New Delhi. Three key fights...

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    There’s no half-way mandir

    RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat’s call to the government to pass a law or promulgate an ordinance to build a Ram mandir in Ayodhya is a clear message of intent. But, politically, it’s still a fair...

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    Turning a new chinar leaf?

    The imposition of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir can never be an ideal outcome of any political process, especially since the strategic endeavour of the Indian State has been to strengthen and deepen democracy...

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    The rebalancer of power

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be judged by history as the prime minister who orchestrated India’s strategic shift to the US. Foreign policy practitioners prefer to call it ‘rebalancing’. But the fact is that he made...

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