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File photo | Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella | Marlene Awaad / Bloomberg

Satya Nadella speaking up shows how inconsequential Indian economy is under Modi

Microsoft’s Nadella surely wouldn’t have criticised China so openly, but high-time Indian CEOs realise capitalism works only with free market and liberal ethos.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

JNU is the graveyard of all anti-BJP protests. It was Modi-Shah’s ticket out of CAA mess

BJP has drilled into public consciousness that JNU is ‘anti-national’ and filled with ‘Afzal sympathisers’. The violence on campus hijacked headlines this time too.

Modi to youth: If you don’t make sacrifice in battle today, history will curse you tomorrow

In 1976, Modi addressed India's youth in a letter: Today’s unemployment, immorality, corruption, and oppression will harass you tomorrow. So why are you silent?
Home Minister Amit Shah looks at the 'Hindi Divas Samaroh' in New Delhi, September | PTI

A hurried move in Judge Loya case can only make Amit Shah more powerful

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has hinted at reopening Judge Loya case. But one misstep and the move will boomerang – politically and legally.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ukranian Airlines plane crash won’t be Iran’s ‘Chernobyl’ moment

Tehran’s responses to the incident was similar to that of Moscow’s after Cherbnobyl — denial, grudging acknowledgment and an apology. But Ali Khamenei is not Mikhail Gorbachev.
Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

It’s not inflation but economic stagnation that poses a bigger worry for India

Risk of economic stagnation combined with high inflation has risen, though former remains the dominant force. RBI shouldn’t get nervous and worsen it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: 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.
Congress protest

Priyanka Gandhi has gone from Congress ‘Brahmastra’ to Congress liability like brother Rahul

Much like Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka chooses to waltz into issues and situations as per whim, with little coherence or perceptible dedication.
People in the US carry placards calling for pro-immigration policies | Photo: Pixel

Why hostility to immigration runs so deep

Advanced nations have welfare states and are unlikely to abandon them any time soon. Instead, it seems likely that many will try to shut the gates to foreigners.
Protestors with the Indian tricolour at Jama Masjid | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Two reasons that can keep CAA-NRC protests from evolving into a larger anti-Modi movement

How do you get Hindus, farmers, workers to join and keep alive the protests against Modi government? JP and Morarji Desai had lessons.

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Army chief Gen M.M. Naravane at the Army Day Parade | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Indian Army under Gen Naravane is correcting history – shifting focus from Pakistan to China

Then-Defence Minister V.K. Krishna Menon became focussed on Pakistani threat and India lost track of China. The new Army chief could be changing that.

Has CDS Gen Bipin Rawat overstepped his brief by speaking on ‘de-radicalisation camps’?

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that India has de-radicalisation camps for the young. He also said that 10-12 years old from Kashmir were being radicalised.

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Asif Ghafoor

‘Twitter General’ Asif Ghafoor is no longer Pakistan military’s spokesperson

Asif Ghafoor has been sent to Infantry Division. Major Gen. Babar Iftikhar will be new director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, Pakistan military’s publicity wing.

Modi-Shah’s BJP govt has failed India’s youth and is now stuck fighting them

Six months after returning to power with a huge mandate, Modi govt is losing the youth — its most ardent voters who are now pessimistic, hopeless and even angry.