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Indian Army | Representational image | PTI

After Pulwama, another ‘one off’ surgical strike will be a strategic mistake

The Indian military's response should not be hurried; it must be strong and credible to make Pakistan sit up and take note.
A damaged CRPF vehicle in Pulwama district | PTI

Before Pakistan, India needs to give a clear message to the people of the Valley

India's stern message has to first go to perpetrators in J&K— the people who brought in the explosives, helped in storing it and organising Pulwama attack.
File image of PM Narendra Modi at an event in Kochi | PTI

The carnage in Kashmir is the price India is paying for having no policy on Pakistan

Like previous regimes, the NDA too has failed to forge a stable policy within a strategic framework to deal with Pakistan and its strategy of ‘inflicting a thousand cuts’.
File photo of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee having a discussion with then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi | Arvind Yadav /Hindustan Times via Getty Images

How Modi speaks a different language with Pakistan than what Vajpayee did

PM Modi’s ‘munh tod jawab’ stance over Pulwama attack is more abrasive than Vajpayee’s vow of ‘pratikar’ post-Kaluchak in 2002.
Awantipora: Army soldiers near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019. At least 30 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens other injured when a CRPF convoy was attacked

Post-Pulwama, India needs a calibrated response to terror, not knee-jerk reaction

Going by the response of the Modi government so far, New Delhi is unlikely to let Pulwama incident go unpunished.
Security personnel at the site of suicide bomb attack, Pulwama | PTI

Why the security situation in Kashmir keeps going from bad to worse

New Delhi sees Kashmir as a security problem rather than a political one. Instead of finding ways to resolve a conflict, it merely seeks to manage it.

Peshawar to Pulwama, how Pakistan differentiates snakes in its backyard & front yard

The Pakistani establishment believes the snakes it rears in its front yard will only bite its neighbour. The school attack didn’t change that deadly delusion.
File photo of Narendra Modi | PIB

Why Modi govt’s budget looks more like a Patanjali product designed by Ramdev

Be it women and children’s health or farmers’ crops or ex-servicemen’s OROP, Piyush Goyal’s interim budget slashed hope on every front
Representational image | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Why upper caste poor don’t want age relaxation in job quota

Relaxation in age and attempts has proved to be a clever way to keep Dalits-OBCs out of top positions of power.
A pile of Indian 2000 rupees notes

Drip. Drip. Asia’s liquidity taps start gurgling

Indian polls are unpredictable & ongoing trapeze act of simultaneous fiscal & monetary easing may lead to an accident if investors don’t like makeup of next government.


Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 


Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
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.