Global Print

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

Kashmir and CAA protests forcing foreign leaders to take a second look at PM Modi’s India

Bangladesh ministers have made their displeasure clear. The US and France have raised concerns on Kashmir clampdown and Japan’s Shinzo Abe cancelled a trip.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the BJP workers during a party meeting at the airport in Ahmedabad on 2 October, 2019 | PTI

Why Pompeo called Pakistan Army chief Bajwa and not Jaishankar after Soleimani killing

Rahul Gandhi's disappearing acts are giving Modi govt a free pass on foreign policy – unlike how Sonia Gandhi brought Parliament to its knees in 2003.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | ThePrint

Modi can’t bury 2019’s challenges but can manage if Indian economy turns around in 2020

PM Modi will need to return to the neighbourhood in 2020 and fix New Delhi's relations with India’s smaller neighbours.
S. Jaishankar in New York

Why Modi and Jaishankar are safe from global censure on NRC & CAA, for now

Jaishankar cancelling a meeting with Democrat Pramila Jayapal in the US is just another show of Modi government’s belligerence, at home and abroad.
PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Why is Japan bailing out Modi govt even as global concerns rise on Kashmir

China has ignored international concerns on human rights violations while opening up its large market to the world. Modi is taking a leaf out of Beijing's book.
A fire rages in the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg News

US slams CPEC but Pakistan knows it can spurn India’s need for 26/11 closure with China help

Masterminds like Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi have been in and out of Rawalpindi’s jail in the last 11 years, with Lakhvi even fathering a child.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa | Photo: Tharaka Basnayaka/Bloomberg

In Sri Lanka, Modi’s India must deal with reality as exists on ground, not as it wants it be

Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will wait and watch if India and US are coming closer together to take on the Chinese.

In Brazil for BRICS summit, Modi’s mind will be on Maharashtra and eyes on Sri Lanka

Few other places have had such a grip on India’s imagination like Sri Lanka, and not just because of the Ramayana connection.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain |ThePrint

Trump and Xi watching, Modi knows India needs reforms even if it pulled out of RCEP

Surviving either Trump or Xi won’t be easy. If India has to compete with world again, Modi will have to push bitter medicine down country’s throat.
PM Modi welcomed by Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud in Saudi Arabia | @MEAIndia | Twitter

How EU lawmakers’ Kashmir visit, Modi’s Saudi trip & Ayodhya verdict are all linked

2019 is not 1992. Yet, Modi knows he can’t take any chances on Kashmir and Ayodhya.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.