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What’s behind India’s Ukraine policy, Western hypocrisy & how nations act in self-interest

India’s abstentions at UN drew Western criticism, taunts of immorality. There are many reasons we can’t examine India’s policy in those terms. Those who do should search within.

Looking beyond ‘Kashmir Files’, catharsis & closure need justice, for all cases of mass injustice

It’s ridiculous that 'Kashmir Files' debate is trapped in questions like how many Pandits were killed. We are still reducing great tragedy to argument over scorecard of killings.

Why the Modi-Shah BJP loses — 3 lessons for those asking if this BJP can be defeated at all

To beat BJP, you either deny it critical mass of Hindu vote or build a regional leader & party strong enough to protect their turf. And there’s a 3rd option too.

Why Buddha would be frowning at Ukraine today, and why India got it right with Pokhran 1 and 2

Would it have been so simple for Putin’s Russia to crush Zelenskyy’s Ukraine if it hadn’t given up its nuclear stockpile in 1994? India was prescient to declare itself a nuclear-armed state.

Rocket Boys’ crime on history: Inventing Muslim villain, stealing Meghnad Saha’s identity

Brilliant physicist Meghnad Saha was a ‘Namasudra’, and has mostly been forgotten. This made it convenient to bury his character in a ‘true’ history, give him evil Muslim avatar.

Why self-congratulatory balle-balle culture, not Pakistani drones, is biggest threat to Punjab

Punjab faces many mortal threats, almost all of which are internal. Without a hard look within, future generations have to be resigned to living with this constant slide.

Let them eat communalism: Yogi’s poll pitch may work but heartland’s jobless fury endangers India

While UP’s unemployed are angry, Yogi’s call for a choice between Jinnah and Sardar Patel, more than seven decades after they both died, is the new ‘let them eat cake’.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.

PM Modi’s security failed in Punjab. Waste no time on conspiracies, it’s colossal incompetence

Politicians, especially those in power, are most endangered & protected people. They’ll only be safe if their security can say no, like IAF saying it wouldn’t fly in that weather.

On Camera

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Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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