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Local bully China’s distracted & Pakistan’s a mess but it won’t last. Modi should use time wisely

India has to begin the transformation now, starting with a conscious hedging of the risk posed by its dependence on Russian military supplies.

Prannoy and Radhika Roy and the world of news this week on

As the Roys have shown, dignity and respect for facts are the best equity in today's news bazaar. It's with this satisfaction that they must walk away, leaving NDTV in new hands.

To ‘jodo’ Congress, Rahul Gandhi needs to pick his poison — power or philosophy

What professional politicians seek is power, and they draw uncertain conclusions from Rahul Gandhi's project, which is heavily ideological but so far non-electoral.

Chinese are coming for biggest breach in India’s defences. Our politics is far from ready for them

None of the actions of the Chinese, their method or subsequent de-escalatory response, suggest that land is what they are after. The territory they most likely want now is in our minds.

The Modi you see is the Modi you get. But his almighty personality cult faces 2023 test

When Modi isn’t on the ticket & nationalism and Hindutva can't become the issues, it turns into a normal election. This has played out in state after state, right since 2014.

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP is the hidden headline

Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.

G-20(24): How ‘Vishwaguru’ can get new strategic space & Modi another stage in pre-election year

Modi has been balancing India’s interests, playing US & Russia and keeping China off his back. You can trust him to exploit this year-long opening to India’s benefit. And to his own.

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.

Im, not so dim: Why it had to be a reckless Imran Khan to threaten Pakistan’s Establishment

Most of us saw Imran Khan as a unique character, most unlike the usual subcontinent cricket star. There has always been a risk-taking edge to him bordering on the reckless.

On Camera

YourTurn

A jet flies by a suspected Chinese spy balloon as it floats off the coast in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, on Saturday | Reuters

The balloon that heightened tensions between US, China. Made Biden move...

Beijing wasn’t happy Blinken postponed his visit after the balloon incident. It played down his cancelled visit by announcing nothing had been planned by either side.

How Maharashtra plans to make Mumbai & satellite towns a 250...

Maharashtra govt's goal is to eventually make the state a trillion-dollar economy. For this, it’s pushing to boost the economy of its most valued asset — the Mumbai Metropolitan Area.

Defence

India is modernising its armed forces and trying to reduce defence imports | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Budget 2023: Defence gets 13% more than last yr. Pensions &...

Capital budget increased to Rs 1.62 lakh crore from 1.52 lakh crore. Navy, Army see substantial increase but allocation for procuring aircraft, aero engines goes down.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Market has won & now it’s for Adani to decide whether...

If the political establishment responds to a situation like this as if it’s something that must only play out between a corporate & the market, it's coming of age of Indian capitalism.