Wednesday, 14 November, 2018


Sharp and latest opinion on politics, policy and current affairs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

India’s presence at Moscow-led Taliban talks is no real departure from the past

India has consistently looked to have a say in any settlement in Afghanistan but its ability to shape any outcome remains limited.
Indian Ministry of Defence

India’s planning for future wars almost completely ignores the nuclear threat

After INS Arihant, India needs to seriously reevaluate its nuclear deterrence policy.
Narendra Modi infront of Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity | @PMOIndia/Twitter

India’s infrastructure could use a dose of ironclad resolve that got Statue of Unity done

Larsen & Toubro Ltd. took less than three years to erect the statue. By comparison, China needed 11 years to construct its Buddha.
People gather during Diwali celebrations in Delhi | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

This Diwali once again showed the ugly side of the urban middle class

The pollution this festive season shows the middle class is increasingly self-indulgent, with little regard for laws and rules.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader L.K. Advani | Parveen Negi/India Today Group/Getty Images

To see Modi-Shah ousted, liberals have forgiven some of the original Hindutva-wadis

As Modi-Advani's recent meeting shows, liberals were clutching at straws in exonerating Advani/
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah | Atul Yadav/PTI

Five reasons why Modi-Shah’s ‘politics of fear’ is not a good strategy for 2019

The politics of fear may alienate voters who flocked to the BJP in 2014, on its promise of fulfilling aspirations.
The RBI Logo | Getty images

Ugly fight to control RBI is hurting India

Modi govt is citing public interest to undermine the RBI like never before.
A still from Johar-Mehmood in Goa (1965) | YouTube

Tipu Jayanti may be in the soup, but film ‘Johar-Mehmood in Goa’ placed him with Nehru & Gandhi...

I.S. Johar’s celebrated 1965 comedy with Mehmood delivered a message on secularism that has been followed by Bollywood ever since.
Representational image | PTI photo

Army men past and present are proud of how commanding officer Col. Dubash acted in Bomdila

The beating of army personnel in custody is a very grave provocation, and Col. Firdosh Dubash’s actions are quite expected in such a situation.
An engraving of Tipu Sultan by W. Ridley, published in European Magazine, 1800 | Getty

BJP and Congress use Tipu Sultan for politics but are shockingly ignorant of his history

Tipu Sultan is simply another useful historical figure onto whom contemporary political prejudices can be projected.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

India has a new political divide —Majority kanwarias vs elite Halloweeners

Modi-BJP govt draw their instincts from the street and respond likewise. This has flummoxed the Congress and isolated the critical elite.