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Ministry of External affairs

New Delhi finally gets Indo-Pacific wing but smaller regional powers are busy forum shopping

Indian foreign policy is far from being realist and has failed to devise methods to secure strategic alliances with smaller regional powers.
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Sadhvi Pragya’s nomination is no advertisement for Hindutva, whatever you may think of it

In opposition, the BJP used to stand for law and order, and its leaders were known for measured language. The ticket to Sadhvi Pragya goes against all that.

Beg, borrow, repeat: Pakistan’s IMF addiction continues even as its finance minister leaves

Pakistan’s military-driven economic decision-making is based on ‘Jazba’ and 'Chanda'.
Imran Khan | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Imran Khan backers fear return to Musharraf era in Pakistan: We were sold a fake dream

PTI’s hardcore followers are clueless: finance minister Asad Umar has resigned and Ijaz Shah, a 'suspect’ in Benazir Bhutto assassination, is in.
File photo of Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Facebook

Who wants an ‘Islamic President’ in Pakistan and where does Imran Khan fit in?

Imran Khan’s PTI colleagues are campaigning for a so-called Islamic Presidential System where the Supreme Leader will have absolute power.

In defence of electoral bonds: Why it’s a positive step & critics are wrong

Modi government’s electoral bonds scheme has several benefits that its critics ignore. But even their criticisms are without merit.
PM Narendra Modi

Environment is the most under-reported disaster of Narendra Modi government

The new BJP manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha elections provides no respite from this ongoing assault.
In this May 4, 2014 file photo Priyanka Vadra is seen during a road show in Amethi

Why Priyanka Gandhi must take Modi head-on in Varanasi

Priyanka Gandhi will not win, but at least it will look like there’s an opposition in the country.
A vocational training centre | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

One ally that will help the new BJP or Congress govt create jobs – Artificial Intelligence

The new-age Skill India needs to be digital in nature, focused on jobs of tomorrow and powered by AI.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Paul Miller/Bloomberg

Bleak record on economy – the reason Modi’s BJP has returned to communal politics

Voters have to ask themselves why & what this angry, polarising, ugly campaign foretells for the nation if the BJP wins again.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.