Best of BS Opinion: No room for optimism as history snaps at our heels

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Panglossian is a word that has suddenly sprung into fashion. Justifiably so

Kashmir, Hong Kong, economy, or plastic — no room for being optimistic. It is not just that politics and economics are at war. History is always snapping at our heels. Uddalok Bhattacharya sums up

Regarding Kashmir, there are some myths dear to the Indian Right and they need to be demolished. Shekhar Gupta explains  

The government has announced some policy measures but its fiscal position is stressed, says T N Ninan. The Indian economy has to lower its sights. Read here  

Surgical strikes on Pakistan are easier to do than ending the single use of plastic, says Aditi Phadnis. Can Narendra Modi enthuse BJP workers to do it? Read more   

Being communist only in name, China is overplaying its hand in Hong Kong, says Rahul Jacob. Read here

Quote of the day

I do feel that at last justice should be done to Sita ji. I, therefore, suggest that instead of constructing one very tall statue of Sri Ram, you (UP chief minister) should halve the height and make twin statues of Sri Ram and Sita ji — Congress leader Karan Singh