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Residents stand in line at a volunteer humanitarian aid camp set up for medical treatments in the Macarao neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela | Adriana Loureiro Fernandez/Bloomberg

Venezuela represents the failure of the Left

While many on the Left are now keen to disavow any connection to the Venezuelan disaster, their earlier enthusiasm is on the record.
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

Two steps Narendra Modi govt can take to give Pakistan and China a tough message on Pulwama

If India wants to secure its interests, the government cannot avoid addressing the challenge of growing China-Pakistan nexus.
Coal being loaded in Chandwa, Jharkhand | Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

The future of coal is dark

You know it's time to shut shop when companies like Glencore, largest supplier of thermal coal to global market, promise to put a cap on coal production.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images

Imran Khan is sitting on a Jihadi time bomb, demanding evidence over Pulwama a mere excuse

Most countries recognise the Pakistani pattern of behaviour, which explains the almost-universal demand for action against Masood Azhar.
A damaged CRPF vehicle in Pulwama district | PTI

How incidents like Pulwama terror attack catch liberals on the wrong foot

The BJP-led govt is in charge of the security of our borders, while we take charge of human rights.
Rafale deal

Why it makes sense for Rahul Gandhi & Congress to persist with Rafale as 2019 campaign issue

As with Bofors, big-ticket corruption — in this case, Rafale — is being emphasised to undermine stature of the leader leading a party's campaign.

Here’s what WhatsApp can do to prevent targeted attacks on public figures

WhatsApp should give users more control over deciding who can message them.
File photo of a Rafale fighter aircraft | PTI

CAG report shows IAF wanted only Rafale, competitive bidding was just a charade

Rafale failed on several parameters but the Air Force, impressed by Mirage aircraft in Kargil war, remained insistent on jets from Dassault.
PM Narendra Modi

India-Pakistan face-off over Pulwama is Narendra Modi’s biggest foreign policy challenge

New Delhi can pat itself on the back for persuading Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to not fly directly from Pakistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses before the flag off ceremony of Vande Bharat Express

Narendra Modi’s ‘free hand’ to armed forces is misleading and problematic

While the armed forces are at the forefront of any operation, they act as per the political direction.


A still from Total Dhamaal | Facebook

Total Dhamaal review: An exercise in mediocrity that would make mediocre look better

The third instalment in the Dhamaal series has all the animals and actors in the zoo but not one funny bone.

Can India hurt Pakistan with new Indus dams or Modi govt hyping old project after Pulwama?

In wake of the Pulwama terror attack, union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari tweeted Thursday that India will “stop its share of water which used to flow to Pakistan”.


Asif Ghafoor

‘Don’t mess with Pakistan,’ army warns India

Pakistan’s army spokesman said that they did not want a war with India but warned that Islamabad would retaliate if India took military action.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.