Monday, 20 August, 2018

National Interest

Narendra Modi

Superbrand Narendra Modi: Cast in Titanium, not merely coated with Teflon

He’s our most polarising leader, deeply hated by many but equally loved by more, especially the young. To extrapolate BJP’s struggles in Gujarat and Karnataka to 2019 is fatally complacent.
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Our military history is politicised to suit Generals, that’s why Modi’s facts are mixed up

A spiced up, hyper-nationalist version of military history has been built: that politicians wronged the generals. No wonder PM Modi got his facts all mixed up.
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It’s time for the Supreme Court of India to show that it is truly supreme

Judges are squabbling, popular confidence is frayed, and the executive is poised to bury the hatchet: in its back. Can an exhausted judiciary fight back?
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Please save the judiciary from the judges as well, your lordships

The judiciary is under threat from within – from stretching jurisdictions, headline-hunting and its inability to put its own house in order.
journalist protest

Indian journalists face a brutal equation: Fight together for press freedoms or perish

The media can disagree, fight and judge each other. But it can survive and thrive only by closing ranks when its first principles are under attack.
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Cracks appear in Modi-Shah’s Hindu consensus as caste begins to overpower religion again

BJP overpowered caste divisions to sweep 2014. But the Dalits are angry and the divides are back in play, spelling trouble for 2019.
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As Modi focusses on the poor, India’s rich are powerless & fearful

Corporate India’s euphoria over Modi’s rise has ended. It’s been replaced by suspicion & fear as he’s let businessmen know they can’t see him as their own.
An illustration with Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi

Rahul’s temple visits, Sonia’s lament show Cong is resetting secular politics, moving to...

The Congress has paid severely for its unrelenting minorityism. It is seeking to move to the secular centre and that’s the message from Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits.
RSS-backed NGO files plea seeking equal inheritance rights for Muslim women

Pulping the Modi script on Muslims

How BJP's panicky return to basic-instinct majoritarianism in Bihar has pushed Muslims back into 'secular' basement.
Graphic showing Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal

An Apology of a Party: AAP, which set out to save India, is struggling to save itself now

The foundation on which AAP was built has all but crumbled. And its promise of changing the system and saving India is now a fading memory.

Indian Army reforms: Cutting administrative flab or needless downsizing?

Army chief General Bipin Rawat is set to issue orders to reduce personnel at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) in New Delhi. The move is being viewed as an indirect a...
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.