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Beyond Doklam: India needs to overhaul its trade-friendly grand strategy on China

Doklam is merely a symptom of a revanchist China that no longer sees the need to play by the book. India needs to change its strategy as well.
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Talk Point: What are the implications of Trump’s statements on Pakistan & Afghanistan?

Donald Trump has promised more troops in Afghanistan and criticised Pakistan for supporting terrorism. Experts explain what this could mean for India and south Asia.

An insider on what makes Amit Shah India’s top political strategist

BJP President Amit Shah's deep understanding of India's socio-political dynamics and distinct leadership style is one of the reasons why two-thirds of the country is under BJP/NDA rule.

Gobi Manchurian in Doklam, Gangnam Style

The India-China Doklam stand-off has morphed into a scandalous round of insulting note-passing at your high-school model UN.

Video of Pangong Tso clash in public domain will complicate Doklam standoff

The video purportedly showing the incident in Pangong Tso area has created a flutter just when it seemed like the rhetoric on the Doklam incident was reducing. S L Narasimhan

Clash at Pangong lake shows India has to prepare for the unexpected

India must be vigilant and at the same time prepare for the worst.

On Rajiv Gandhi birth anniversary: How to squander a mega mandate

When Rajiv Gandhi started he could do no wrong. Halfway through his five years, he could do no right. His tenure had many chastening lessons in how mega mandates can make you smug and self-destruct. His record should be essential reading for those with brute majorities now, from Arvind Kejriwal, Narendra Modi and on to Vasundhara Raje, Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee. Shekhar Gupta

India, China must ensure video showing troops clashing in Ladakh doesn’t raise tensions

A huge achievement for both nations is that since the 1975 incident, there has been no loss of life involving border troops on both sides Ashok Kantha
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Talk Point: Is there a pushback against women-centric dowry and rape laws?

Two recent court rulings on special laws protecting women are significant. The Supreme Court issued a set of guidelines for arresting a husband and his relatives for cruelty against his wife, came with the aim of preventing the misuse of India's anti-dowry law. Another ruling by the Delhi High Court called for the prosecution of a rape complainant if the accused was acquitted due to false evidence being submitted. QUESTION: Is there a pushback against women-centric anti-dowry and anti-rape laws? We ask experts. Battered bodies, bruised minds and scarred souls cannot be the foundation of Indian families — Vrinda Grover, lawyer There has been a struggle for the last 30-40 years in the women’s movement for an acknowledgement of violence against women as a crime. This did not come on its own. It came at a time when women were being burned to death and killed for dowry. What we are seeing today is that women are exercising their rights and asserting themselves. In the category...
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Beyond oxygen supply

Scandals can be useful opportunities for systemic correctives. The Gorakhpur children’s deaths has been a scandal wasted. T.N. Ninan

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha during ongoing Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi, on 6 December 2021 | PTI

61 companies raised Rs 52,759 crore via IPOs till October this fiscal, says FM Sitharaman

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Nirmala Sitharaman said that among the 61 IPOs, 35 were below Rs 100 cr, while 4 were in the range of Rs 100 cr & less than Rs 500 crore.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi Monday | ANI

Why Rajnath raised China’s Ladakh aggression at 2+2 dialogue with Beijing’s friend Russia

India and Russia’s maiden 2+2 dialogue comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Washington are on an upswing while its oldest ally — Moscow — gets closer to Beijing.   

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.