Monday, 28 May, 2018

National Interest

Supreme Court

Justice With Judiciousness

Judiciary faces threats, some of its own making. It should debate its internal health, wisdom of judicial vigilantism from cricket to MCI to Sikh jokes and temple affairs
Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi smog

Politics, with a dollop of Even-Oddium Sulphate

We haven’t lost it. No virus garbled this headline. Suck Delhi’s killer air, recall Vidya Balan’s immortal but unprintable human chemistry lesson from Ishqiya, and you will get it.
Lines in front of banks after demonetisation

Charge of the Believer Brigade

The original promise of demonetisation has evaporated. We didn't deserve to be hit by a 1,100-volt shock just to switch to digital payments.
An image showing RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Narendra Modi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Catch-23 Economics, Catch-24 Politics

Caught between wanting to be an ideal swayamsevak like Mohan Bhagwat, and a moderniser like Vajpayee, Prime Minister Modi could become an Indira-like statist.
Indira Gandhi and an image of the 1984 riots in Delhi

33 years ago, this day: burning flesh, smoking city, a nightmare lived—and reported

The anti-Sikh riots weren’t communal in the classical sense. It was 3 days of furlough given to criminals by police, government, and Congress.
The latest volume of Pranab Mukherjee's memoirs is uncharacteristically self-serving and opaque.

Dada Don’t Preach

Pranab Mukherjee is the ‘Bhishma Pitamah’ of Indian public life. The third volume of his political memoir is self-serving, hides too much and uses uncharacteristic innuendo.
Graphic of Delhi air pollution and Bobby

Mujhe Kuchh Karna Hai

Delhi air is at gas-chamber levels despite the well-intended activist-judicial complex’s “we must do something” ban on the sale of crackers, old vehicles, etc.
The Narendra Modi government has invested too much time and capital to further its political conquest.

Riding A One-Trick War Horse

The Narendra Modi government has invested too much time and capital to further its political conquest. Today's crisis shows it may be left with too little time in this term to refocus on governance.
The air is thick with doubts, economic stress is hurting and for the first time since his rise in 2013, the PM Narendra Modi is fighting back.

There Is Something In The Air

It isn’t what you think. Political winds haven’t shifted yet. But the air is thick with doubts, economic stress is hurting and for the first time since his rise in 2013, the PM is fighting back.
If deterrence was the objective of these audacious surgical strikes, it hasn't been achieved yet.

Post-operation Prognosis

If on the surgical strikes anniversary we are still arguing whether or not these happened as claimed, and not what these achieved since, it shows a shrinking of our strategic minds.
shahid aziz

From key Pakistani general to ISIS terrorist ‘killed’ in Jihad, the chilling saga of Shahid Aziz

An army cannot afford to allow so many ideologically motivated hardliners to rise to senior ranks and to freelance on behalf of their ideology after retirement.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta

How should the Indian army ethos handle Major Gogoi’s case?

Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat has said that 'exemplary punishment' will be given to Major Leetul Gogoi, if he is found guilty of violation of Army rules. Experts weigh in.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

The barely told stories of Indian and Pakistani spies making peace while waging war

Some untold or barely told stories of Indian and Pakistani spymasters making peace on the sidelines of war.