Open House

Open House

Trump Is Not Ronald Regan

Read Cover Story ‘Trump’s Eyewash Gimmick’ and enjoyed it thoroughly as the author has went on to analyze the complete scenario brewing between the US President and the intelligence agency FBI. The US President is fully aware that any crackdown on FBI would be suicidal. He knows that only the FBI can walk into the White House and compel a president to comply with the law. Only the FBI can build a criminal case against a chief executive. Trump may not realize he is up against three present and former FBI directors who have proved fearless and fiercely independent when it comes to confronting presidents. Thus, he is trying to divert public attention in regions like Af-Pak border, Golan Heights, Korean Peninsula and South China Sea.

Richard Morris, Durban

India Can Gain In US-China Trade War

Economists like to say that no one wins in a trade war. We may soon find out if they’re right. Only hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would slap tariffs on a range of Chinese products, China imposed punitive duties on some imports from the U.S. in retaliation for previously announced U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium. And here we go, down the rabbit hole. Companies, workers and consumers from both countries are almost certain to get hurt in a tit-for-tat conflict. On the other hand, the carnage could produce big winners elsewhere in the developing world. Since, India is at par with the Chinese market it can be an advantage Indian market if the US-Chinese trade war further intensifies.

Jyoti Mathur, Jodhpur

It’s Naidu Who Failed Andhra, Not The BJP!

When the Telangana Bill was introduced by the UPA-2 government, 18 parties had realized that the bifurcation would leave Andhra Pradesh an agrarian state only. But, the Congress led UPA government went ahead. Now, for special status demand, the TDP has walked out of the NDA. However, the fact is that in 2015, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu himself traded away the promised Special Category Status for a “special package”, which, he has now realized, is wholly inadequate to compensate for Andhra Pradesh’s woes. The complete u-turn in his stand, which is easily confirmed by consulting news reports from 2015 through 2017, might be shocking to some but is easily explained.

Vijay Reddy, Hyderabad

BJP Won Rajya Sabha Seat, But BSP Isn’t Loser

With the Rajya Sabha wins across the country, the BJP will now be the single-largest party in the Upper House and hopeful of more parliamentary business being transacted. But the key takeaway from UP remains what Satish Mishra, key Mayawati aide, said post the results being announced, “BJP proved that it is an anti-Dalit party, it prevented Bhim Rao Ambedkar from entering the Rajya Sabha by using money and muscle power. The BSP, SP and Congress alliance delivered.” So, the BJP might have won an additional Rajya Sabha seat in UP, but it doesn’t mean BSP lost it completely. They were able to convey the message they wanted to trickle down among their voters.

Shashikant Dwivedi, Lucknow