Friday, 30 July, 2021

National Interest

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

It isn’t the economy, genius. India proves it by voting for Modi again and again

Flurry of economic reform suggests Modi realises his muscular nationalism script is getting jaded. Chances are he'll try for economic recovery but stick to what's worked.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

No Bangladeshis, no Pakistan, no terrorism. Why Modi-Shah BJP has changed its poll pitch

Pakistan, Bangladeshis and terrorism are missing from the Modi-Shah election campaign. They seem to have understood the risks of cynical mixing of domestic political motivations with strategic national interests.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why distrust-but-verify is a prudent response to Pakistan Gen Bajwa’s call to bury the past

If India thinks it's caught in an awful two-front situation, the picture is more challenging for Pakistan. It can continue fighting India and become a colony of China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi’s India loves global praise, but turns angry Vishwaguru at slightest criticism

The world has expectations from India and complains when those aren’t met. If global praise is acceptable to Modi govt, why the resentment and rejection over criticism?
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There’s no stopping Modi govt because Rahul Gandhi is flaunting his muscles as Congress sinks

We can complain about undermining of institutions, misuse of agencies, discriminatory laws, use of sedition, rail-roading of legislations. But, on all key issues, Congress is MIA.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Habeas Porcus — how our judiciary is murdering the principle of ‘bail, not jail’ routinely

Judiciary is responsible for ensuring our liberty, and habeas corpus is the usual route. But magistrates are acting as if the rule is ‘jail, and bail is above my pay grade’.
Illustration by Soham Sen

India’s challenge is to avoid two-front war, but can Modi put politics aside for strategy?

India must break out of strategic triangulation with China & Pakistan. Before that, it must decide if it’ll let domestic electoral interests limit its strategic options.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Economic ideology is the new binary in Indian politics as Modi swerves Right & Rahul Left

Along with farm laws, Modi govt has passed labour reforms & promised to privatise major companies. This has led to an economic Right-Left divide, and that’s a good thing.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt has lost farm laws battle, now raising Sikh separatist bogey will be a grave error

This crisis requires political sophistication & governance skills, Modi-Shah BJP has neither. It would be nuts to reopen an issue in Punjab that was closed and buried by 1993.

On Camera

YouTurn

Biles’ Olympics withdrawal is an act of courage. Only Gen-Z will understand why

It's not easy to live in the shoes of a 24-year-old, who has been put under a microscope, judged and labelled from the get-go. But critics won't understand.
Several fraudulent withdrawals were made from the MEA employees' GPF accounts | Bloomberg

Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at 18.2% of budget estimate for FY22 at end of June

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit was at Rs 2,74,245 crore. For the current financial year, the government expects the fiscal deficit at 6.8% of GDP or Rs 15,06,812 crore.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.