Disagreement, dissent, disobedience are vital

Devi Kar Long, long ago, when I was in school, we were taught to close our letters with “Yours obediently”, if they were addressed to seniors. Today, not only is this form of valediction archaic but it would actually be frowned upon as it has connotations which are unacceptable by modern ethical standards. Even the […]

Targeting India from within: Are we ready to foil China’s strategy?

Abhijit Bhattacharyya In spite of so much evidence from our history, even the recent history of the past few decades, very few Indians realise the extent to which certain unfriendly foreign powers, and some neighbours, take full advantage of our open, even transparent, society. It is high time that more Indians realise the extent to […]

Imran’s peace talk

Imran’s peace talk

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Kashmir is the only issue between India and Pakistan. “The only issue between us is Kashmir, all it needs is just two capable leaderships to resolve this issue. Just imagine the potential we have if our relationships get strong,” said Khan. Since the day Imran Khan has […]

Service chiefs: Why one is better than three!

Mohan Guruswamy It was heartening to read that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, had recently said that “all three services will have to adopt a coherent approach to effectively deal will all possible security threats facing the country”. Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said in an interview to PTI that it […]

New era calls for a new lead role for G-20

Wang Yi This year marks the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis. Ten years ago, the financial meltdown that started from Wall Street in New York plunged global markets and the international community into deep panic. At that critical juncture, leaders of the 20 largest economies representing over 80 per cent of global output […]

Indo-Pak talks not on cards

Indo-Pak talks not on cards

India has outrightly rejected the invitation of Pakistan to attend the forthcoming SAARC summit in the neighbouring country. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said, “India will not attend the SAARC summit in Pakistan and unless the neighbouring country stops sponsoring militancy.” She made it clear that opening of Kartarpur corridor has got nothing […]

The silencing of Pakistan

Ammar Ali Jan Pakistan is silencing discussion on a growing number of topics, causing concern among human rights activists, journalists and political dissidents in the country. A Committee to Protect Journalists report published in September this year concluded that the country’s powerful military establishment is using fear, intimidation and even violence to pressure the media […]

India needs a renewed debate on federalism

Yamini Aiyar The controversy surrounding Governor Satyapal Malik’s decision to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir assembly — the dubious reasoning offered and the many questions this raised about New Delhi’s role (including Tuesday’s revelations that the decision was made to avoid interference from New Delhi) — raises important questions about the evolving nature of Centre-state […]

Is something cooking?

Is something cooking?

Former Prime Minister of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik made a surprise visit to Kashmir met Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in Srinagar. Bondevik also met the representatives of the Government of India in New Delhi. The Norwegian Prime Minister after completing the whirlwind tour of Kashmir and New Delhi […]

Why the 2019 election may be the most crucial in India’s history

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay In April-May next year an estimated 900 million Indians will be heading to the polls to elect their next parliament. In the 70-odd years since India’s independence, this will likely be the first election that seriously challenges the country’s inclusive political culture. If the current government led by the Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata […]

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