Opinion | Will the Court Stand Up to Donald Trump?

Speaking of the Constitution, and especially of the First Amendment’s establishment clause, anyone with a passing awareness of American politics knows what’s at the root of the travel ban: Mr. Trump’s special animus against Muslims, which he’s been nursing at least since December 2015. That’s when he called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country until we “can figure out what is going on.” Since then he has given his lawyers a constant headache by tweeting regularly about the ban, saying just days before the latest…

Opinion | Breaking News! A Prince Is Born!

It was an English monarch who purportedly said, “No news is better than evil news,” and thereby launched an enduring (though now somewhat less wordy) maxim. Unless, King James I should have added, it’s news about his successors. From the time Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, entered the maternity hospital until she and her husband, Prince William, emerged with their newborn boy 12 hours later, the minutiae of the royal birth on Monday dominated the news in Britain — and not only there. The arrival of the French president, Emmanuel…

Forty Years Ago, April 24, 1978: George To Industry

By: Editorial | Updated: April 24, 2018 12:15:59 am The Indian Express front page Two senior ministers of the Janata government, Biju Patnaik and George Fernandes, favoured the broadbasing of entrepreneurship in large industrial houses so as to avoid the evils of family ownership. Addressing the annual session of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the ministers said it will also help in the healthy growth of industries as it has been repeatedly pointed out by big industries that the and Restrictive Trade Practices Act was preventing…

Closing the field | The Indian Express

By: Editorial | Updated: April 24, 2018 12:12:44 am Around the world, borders are fading, and the franchise model, based on merit, not geography, is gaining global acceptance and popularity — the Indian Premier League is the brightest example of sports uniting nations — but India has turned its back to change. The captain of a newly-promoted English Premier League team has reiterated that he wants to play for India. Even FIFA doesn’t mind Wolverhampton Wanderers skipper, Danny Batth, an English footballer of Indian descent, turning up for the country…

Power to consumer | The Indian Express

By: Editorial | Updated: April 24, 2018 12:12:41 am The real test will lie in extending the scheme to states with acute power crises — UP, Bihar, parts of Andhra Pradesh — where the mandate of electricity supply is with state-run utilities. Fifteen years after the Electricity Act, 2003 laid down that consumers be compensated for power cuts, Delhi has become the first Indian city to frame rules that give effect to the stipulation. On April 19, Lt Governor Anil Baijal approved Delhi government’s policy that requires discoms to pay…

It’s good to talk | The Indian Express

By: Editorial | Updated: April 24, 2018 12:18:48 am With the future of 2.5 billion people at stake, there is no option for the leaderships of Delhi and Beijing but to sit across the table — or walk together on the banks of the Yangtze — and try and resolve their resentments. The journey from Xiamen, a Chinese port city across the Taiwan Straits, to Wuhan in Hubei province is more than 1,000 km long, and when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 27 in…

Opinion | Graft in South Africa: The People Deserve Better

It may seem unfair to single out South Africa for its corruption. It’s not the worst offender in sub-Saharan Africa, and far from the worst in the world — India, China and Russia rank far worse on the Transparency International list, and South Africa has functioning democratic institutions and a lively press. But countries should be measured less against the rest of the world than against their own potential and promise, and on that score, the same African National Congress that Nelson Mandela led to a triumphant victory over apartheid…

Stuck in a rut | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | Updated: April 23, 2018 2:15:41 am CPM party congress revealed a party still divided on ways to arrest its own decline, still obsessing on relations with Congress. The 22nd party congress of the CPM that concluded in Hyderabad on Sunday revealed a party divided on the tactics to arrest its continuing decline. The congress endorsed a second consecutive term for the general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, and approved an expanded central committee, without any serious dissent. However, the differences among leaders regarding the political resolution, the party’s guiding…

Reaching out | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | Updated: April 23, 2018 2:15:44 am PM’s journeys abroad showcase continuing foreign policy innovation. But it is not insulated from turbulence at home. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s journey to Sweden, London and Berlin last week showcased India’s growing external opportunities. The Modi government’s continuing foreign policy innovation is reflected in the launch of a new forum, the Nordic Five, and revival of an old one, the Commonwealth. The visit by an Indian PM to Stockholm after nearly three decades provided an occasion to collectively engage with the…