National Interest

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.
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India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.
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Xi has thrown the gauntlet at Modi. He can pick it up like Nehru, or try something new

Modi, like his predecessors, tried to break out of India-Pak-China triangulation and failed. Whatever he decides to do next will mean new compromises.
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Divided by a virus — why the pandemic makes it look like nobody is in control in India

The pandemic debate is divided by ideology and BJP leaders are exploiting a grave crisis in political self-interest. The result of this conflict is now showing.
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Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.
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PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.

White-collar, blue-collar, no-collar: Discovery of a working class Modi’s India forgot

The millions of poor going home are a wonderful new generation of aspirational, working-class Indians. Modi and his government didn’t account for their fate.
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Vande Bharat vs Bharat ke bande: Can Narendra Modi be losing his political touch so soon?

Modi’s corona messaging has been mostly directed at the middle class & elites, and there’s little empathy for the poor millions. Where’s his political instinct?

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.