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Two-sided triangle: Fast-growing India is caught in China-Pakistan pincer in Modi’s 10th year

Pakistan is a near-nothing on most metrics, China isn’t slowing & India’s is a remarkable success story of a country becoming so enormously powerful long before it became rich.

Naroda Gam to Atiq killing is a straight line. What you get is India’s ‘thok do’ culture

Total denial of justice, as in the cases of Naroda Gam, the Jaipur bombings & gangsters like Atiq Ahmed, is why faith in the system has fallen so low. It's what fuels vigilante culture.

Opposition unity without one leader, shared ideology is the political equivalent of selling snake oil

In the past, 'Opposition unity' has proved to be a bogus, defeatist, and repeatedly failed idea. As Arun Jaitley once said, elections are not just about arithmetic.

At 43, how Brand BJP evolved from Vajpayee vision to Modi might

While founders never had majority & had to keep a diverse coalition intact, today's BJP doesn’t need allies. Credit goes to Modi-Shah but they should thank founders, especially Vajpayee.

UAPA judgment isn’t isolated case. Judiciary appears to be changing lanes from reformation to retribution

Two contradictory court judgments this week raise an uncomfortable question: Has the judiciary, from the trial court to the Supreme Court, moved from a reformative institution to a retributive one?

Four reasons the Sikhs are hurting. And it’s not about the K-word

'Causes' of anger are dera threat to Sikhism, incarceration of ‘Bandi Singhs’, inaction in sacrilege cases, & ‘if BJP-RSS want Hindu Rashtra, what’s wrong with Sikh Rashtra?’

You’ve heard of jobless growth. But Tata, Birla, Ambani, Adani, have given India brandless growth

Modi govt's thrust on manufacturing is much-needed but it is pushing Indian manufacturing in the direction of outsourcing, same as our services industry.

Who are India’s friends & foes? Modi govt is caught in a messy US-China-Russia-Pakistan jalebi

Modi government has let, even fuelled the building, of a Westophobic & pro-Moscow public opinion while the course it has set on strategic policy is exactly the opposite.

Northeast a success story not just for BJP but all of India. It’s all about getting to end of bell curve

People of northeast respond positively to a good outreach from 'Dilli'. Peace, connectivity & India’s booming services economy have furthered feeling of Indianness.

When Amritpal with K-word wades into Punjab’s vacuum, overruns police station & a craven state surrenders

If the visuals we have seen from Amritsar these past couple of days — radical followers of the new charismatic preacher Amritpal Singh overrunning...

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A BRICS currency can weaken US hold over emerging economies. India...

Before de-dollarisation of BRICS can occur, India must secure a place in IMF's basket of world currencies, where Chinese Renminbi is already included.
A woman shops inside the Big Bazaar retail store in Mumbai | Reuters/Niharika Kulkarni

GST collection rises 12% to Rs 1.57 lakh crore in May

The government collected 1.41 trillion rupees as GST in May 2022 and a record 1.87 trillion rupees in April.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Manipur CM N. Biren Singh chairs a meeting with senior officials of the Manipur Police, CAPFs and the India Army to review the security situation in Manipur, in Imphal | ANI

Manipur unrest: Army defends itself against social media attacks, says its...

Statement follows social media posts giving out names of 21 officers belonging to one of two Manipur communities locked in violence — Kukis and Meiteis — and alleges favouritism.
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Article 370 to G20, India is in a Kashmir sweet spot....

It is in the nature of the news cycle that the only aspect of the G20 event (Third Working Group on Tourism) in Srinagar...