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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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G-20 Summit, Data Nationalism And India

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first major trip abroad after the landslide victory in the general elections, chose to engage with major world leaders in a big way during the G-20 meeting in Osaka, Japan. In three days, Modi had 20 meetings in all out of which nine were bilateral and three multilateral, apart from eight being major engagements on the sidelines. The meetings were held against the backdrop of the supposed worsening of trade relations between India and the US. But Modi’s meetings with all world leaders were cordial even if no major deals were struck.

The important engagements were when Modi had trilateral meetings with Putin and Xi on the one hand and with Trump and Abe on the other. Then, he engaged with leaders of BRICS. Although no breakthrough was achieved (it is too naïve to expect a major breakthrough on the sidelines of such events), China and the US decided to hold tariffs till things were resolved (which in itself was a major breakthrough) while commerce ministers of India and the US will sit together to resolve trade issues. But India absented from the data economy summit that was called by the Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to discuss “data free flow with trust”, pushing the line advocated by the RBI about having localization of data.

India will hold the G-20 summit in 2022. Although it was launched in 2008 mainly to cope with the global financial crisis, the summit has now become an important platform to discuss all major international issues. Hence, it is necessary for the Modi government to have a clear alternative policy on data in the face of concerted efforts by other nations for the free flow of data. Further, the emerging 5G technology poses questions about the need to have speed and the need to balance it with national security. India has to be more articulate on the subject. By the time the G-20 leaders meet in India, the government will have to take the lead in building consensus on many pressing issues and make sure that the relevance of the summit is enhanced.