National Interest

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Supreme Court cannot become the priest between Indians and their Gods

Sabarimala verdict is an example of why the Supreme Court shouldn't intervene in religion.
Ajit Doval

The new Doval Durbar reduces India’s layered security system to a top-down Caliphate

Ajit Doval is now India’s all-powerful security boss. But this concentration of power disrupts our layered security system.

Rafale isn’t Modi’s Bofors scandal — at least not yet

The opposition campaign on Rafale has many limitations – no V.P. Singh, no smoking gun, no story, no slogan.

HAL doesn’t fly because Sukhois aren’t Rafales

If they were, the Great Indian Bureaucrat would be the Marshal of the Air Force. Bofors mummified our defence acquisitions, Rafale could entomb it now.

There’s a humongous scam in the Rafale deal. It is called stupidity

The Rafale deal is just a glaring example of the BJP government’s unsuccessful handling of defence purchases.
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The Modi government is the most faceless, nameless & talent-averse India has seen

The Modi government has run out of intellectual capital and this explains its stall in key sectors and fading momentum.
Rahul Gandhi

Dear Rahul, soft Hinduism can be a winner, but not with soft nationalism

Rahul Gandhi is fighting BJP’s hard Hindutva with soft Hinduism. But fighting hard nationalism with soft nationalism will be disastrous.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee

Urban Naxal is the new enemy & ‘Useful Idiot’ BJP needs for 2019

BJP needs to seek a vote against 'somebody'. Adding Maoists to Muslims, the 'tukde-tukde' thread will tie in nicely for 2019.
Imran Khan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Nawaz Shariff

Outing a personal secret as a lesson for Imran: Featuring Vajpayee, Nawaz & a bit of me

Nawaz Sharif made a dramatic bid for peace with Vajpayee but was tripped by Pakistan’s army. It won’t be different for Imran.

Finally, Bollywood has courage to look at Muslims as regular Indians & not terrorists

Anubhav Sinha's Mulk breaks Bollywood’s Sunny Deol-ised mould of the Muslim as a terrorist. It makes you feel an ordinary Muslim family’s fears, dilemmas and anger.

OnCamera

The city skyline in Tunis, Tunisia | Representational omage | Trevor Snapp/Bloomberg

In 2019, North African Maghreb will face turbulence over markets, protests & elections

North African governments have to overcome political stalemate and narrow rivalries to address the challenges that will shape their countries.
pakistan

BCCI set to seek World Cup ban on Pakistan: Playing to the gallery or a stand on terror?

The BCCI is being urged to ask the ICC to ban Pakistan from participating in the World Cup cricket tournament for harbouring Jaish-e-Mohammed, which carried out the Pulwama terror attack.

Defence

A CRPF soldier stands guard near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Home ministry’s air travel facility for central forces won’t replace convoys in Kashmir

After launch of air travel facility for central forces, including CRPF, BSF and NSG, Thursday, ministry official says 'practically impossible to do away with the convoy'.
National Interest

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.