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SCO, BRICS, RIC: What do they have in common? China at head of table, India faking smiles

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting in Goa has produced the usual photo-ops and probably even some important outcomes in back-room conversations....

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.

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Bananas being unloaded from a truck for sale | representational image | AN

Bananas are India’s horticulture success story. Time to up the game...

Better farm practices, and improved storage, ripening and transportation by reefer vans can reduce losses and enhance the quality of Indian bananas in the international market.
Representative image | Photo: PTI

Make it easier for nominees & heirs to access money left...

Panel set up in May 2022 has recommended ways in which RBI's regulated entities can improve customer service, including easing KYC norms & removing limits on UPI transactions.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with US counterpart Lloyd Austin in New Delhi Monday | ANI

Rajnath-Austin meet sets stage for mega jet engine deal when Modi...

India and US to initiate negotiations on 'Security of Supply Arrangement and a Reciprocal Defence Procurement Agreement' to promote long-term supply chain stability.
Illustration by Prajna Ghosh | ThePrint

Manipur saw ‘free’ India’s 1st flag hoisted. Now it’s BJP’s biggest...

There are 3 things you never do in a small northeastern state: undermine local leaders, divide and rule, push homogenisation.