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Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?

Kitney aadmi thhey? The most juvenile question to arise from the 90-hour India-Pakistan war

India needs to invest in its military to scare Pakistan to peace and work on its own people to understand the realities of war.
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Pakistan’s 50-year self-destruction in blood-feud with India & how Imran Khan can halt it

Imran Khan can carry on as in the past, or take fresh guard and begin a new innings. It will be risky, but there is a chance of success if he dares.
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Revenge is for morons. Can Modi switch to deterrence, less sexy but way more diabolical?

India’s deterrence against Pakistan can’t be nuclear but a massive scaling up of conventional military power. Challenge Pakistan to match up & pauperise itself.
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Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation | Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Modi’s BJP is sliding down the Rafale slope. It must stop outraging and come clean

All the Modi govt needed to do was come clean on Rafale – ‘We dismissed bureaucratic objections as we wanted deal done quickly for IAF’.
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Modi has been smarter & braver on political economy in his 5 years than Manmohan’s UPA-2

The five things Modi has got right on the political economy shows good economics isn’t necessarily bad politics.
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6 factors that will determine who will be India’s next PM & who won’t

Surveys say BJP will fall far short of a majority. But Modi’s magic on first-time voters, smaller parties & Mayawati can bring him back to power.
Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav and others | PTI

Anti-BJP alliance is like Shiv ji ki baraat without a groom—and Modi knows it

India is mushrooming with Deve Gowda wannabes because being a former prime minister is better than being a former chief minister.

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Xi Jinping addressing the conference in Beijing

A shorter Belt & Road by China will be even more dangerous

A leaner Belt & Road will allow China to better deploy its infrastructure firms, subsidies, technology & finance non-bankable strategic projects.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.