PDP facing dissent?

PDP facing dissent?

Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and former Minister Abdul Haq Khan, who was dropped during the cabinet reshuffle one and a half month ago, has spilled the beans and has indicated that all is not well within the PDP. He took nearly 45-days to break his silence and express his dismay about him being dropped […]

What is behind the Eid ceasefire with the Taliban?

Ahmed Rashid For the first time ever, the Taliban has announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government over the Eid holiday period. They have ordered their forces to cease operations although they said they would continue attacking US forces in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s move follows Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s earlier demand from the Taliban […]

Of UK’s ‘Jaipur litfest’ & ‘vintage ball’

Kishwar Desai This is the time of the year when most of Delhi and large parts of Mumbai appear to have rushed to London to take shelter from the sweltering heat and monsoon onslaught. And who can blame them? Because, to be honest, this is London at its best and prettiest. Roses are blooming everywhere, […]

Do justice with SSA teachers

Do justice with SSA teachers

The Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan teachers have been left in lurch as the state government has failed to release their salaries. These teachers have hit the streets demanding that their salaries should be released as per the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission as they are permanent government employees. These teachers were regularized after serving as contractuals […]

Modernity doesn’t lie in things, but mindset

Aakar Patel India has begun the execution stage of its bullet train project. There have been reports of problems during land acquisition along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad pathway but let’s hope it all gets sorted out. This is being written on the assumption that the train project will actually take off soon. There are bound to be […]

How 11 US presidents failed to make peace with North Korea

Michael Pembroke Contrary to popular perception, the core issue to be resolved at the June 12 summit – and any subsequent meetings – between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not North Korea’s denuclearisation. Pyongyang’s willingness to denuclearise is already clear. What is not clear, however, is whether the US […]

Delhi needs to clear ambiguity

Delhi needs to clear ambiguity

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh while winding up his Kashmir visit said that New Delhi is ready to talk to “right-minded” people and it’s not necessary that they should be “like-minded.” Without explaining the contours of the talks process he has hinted that New Delhi is ready to talk to anyone. Rajnath’s statement seems […]

Expired drugs in hospitals

Expired drugs in hospitals

The recent revelation about expired drugs being sold at SMHS hospital in Srinagar has once again sent the alarm bells ringing. It’s unfortunate that authorities have taken people for granted and have started believing that any medicine can be sold at the drug counters of the hospital. The person who detected that an expired medicine […]

Why did Latin America stop standing up for Palestine?

Cecilia Baeza While most of the world rejected US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, some Latin American leaders have supported it enthusiastically. This may come as a surprise to many; after all the region has been vocal about its support for the Palestinian […]

Karnataka leftovers

Sherifa Zuhur The Karnataka elections and subsequent events have raised important questions regarding horse-trading in politics, the anti-defection law, pros and cons of post-poll alliances, as well as the discretionary powers of the governor. The dirty dance of politics has brought to light the various challenges facing Indian democracy. With regional parties gaining importance across […]

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