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File image of PM Narendra Modi at an event in Kochi | PTI

The carnage in Kashmir is the price India is paying for having no policy on Pakistan

Like previous regimes, the NDA too has failed to forge a stable policy within a strategic framework to deal with Pakistan and its strategy of ‘inflicting a thousand cuts’.
File photo of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee having a discussion with then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi | Arvind Yadav /Hindustan Times via Getty Images

How Modi speaks a different language with Pakistan than what Vajpayee did

PM Modi’s ‘munh tod jawab’ stance over Pulwama attack is more abrasive than Vajpayee’s vow of ‘pratikar’ post-Kaluchak in 2002.
Awantipora: Army soldiers near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019. At least 30 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens other injured when a CRPF convoy was attacked

Post-Pulwama, India needs a calibrated response to terror, not knee-jerk reaction

Going by the response of the Modi government so far, New Delhi is unlikely to let Pulwama incident go unpunished.
Security personnel at the site of suicide bomb attack, Pulwama | PTI

Why the security situation in Kashmir keeps going from bad to worse

New Delhi sees Kashmir as a security problem rather than a political one. Instead of finding ways to resolve a conflict, it merely seeks to manage it.

Peshawar to Pulwama, how Pakistan differentiates snakes in its backyard & front yard

The Pakistani establishment believes the snakes it rears in its front yard will only bite its neighbour. The school attack didn’t change that deadly delusion.
File photo of Narendra Modi | PIB

Why Modi govt’s budget looks more like a Patanjali product designed by Ramdev

Be it women and children’s health or farmers’ crops or ex-servicemen’s OROP, Piyush Goyal’s interim budget slashed hope on every front
Representational image | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Why upper caste poor don’t want age relaxation in job quota

Relaxation in age and attempts has proved to be a clever way to keep Dalits-OBCs out of top positions of power.
A pile of Indian 2000 rupees notes

Drip. Drip. Asia’s liquidity taps start gurgling

Indian polls are unpredictable & ongoing trapeze act of simultaneous fiscal & monetary easing may lead to an accident if investors don’t like makeup of next government.

Modi govt, Pakistan, China are all to blame for deadly Kashmir CRPF bombing

Earlier, only the generals in Rawalpindi were held responsible. Today, Beijing’s leaders will have to accept their share of the blame.
PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

Narendra Modi govt wants a strong military, but its defence budget can’t guarantee that

Prime Minister Modi has been high on emotions and low on substance on military matters in the last five years.

OnCamera

An army soldier guards near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Here are Pakistan’s new strategies behind the Pulwama terror attack

Pulwama suicide attack, use of a Kashmiri attacker, and a pre-attack video is an attempt by Pakistan to reassert its equities over Kashmir dispute.
most favored nation

Revoking Pakistan’s MFN status: Proportionate reply or Modi exploring diplomatic steps first?

A day after the horrific attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama that killed at least 37 CRPF personnel, Narendra Modi government withdrew ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status for Pakistan, in place since 1996.

Defence

An army soldier guards near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Pulwama attack raises questions on Kashmir’s intelligence and security structure

Attack on CRPF convoy required getting explosives, rigging the vehicle and training. How did multiple security agencies in J&K fail to pick up on this?
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation | Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Modi’s BJP is sliding down the Rafale slope. It must stop outraging and come clean

All the Modi govt needed to do was come clean on Rafale – ‘We dismissed bureaucratic objections as we wanted deal done quickly for IAF’.