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Gagan Shakti

How Indian Air Force’s Gagan Shakti exercise packed a punch together with Army and Navy

The exercise has demonstrated that whenever the call of duty has been blown, the services have pulled together with alacrity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi and Rahul are fighting over who’s more undemocratic

Prime Minister Modi seems to be aware of the risk that the 'authoritarian' tag could begin to hurt.

Why spotting the elusive snow leopard in Ladakh is like peekaboo with a ghost

The incredibly rare snow leopards of Ladakh are thankfully off the endangered species list since last year. The increase in their numbers is drawing...
Chinese President Xi Jinping with Malaysian PM Najib Razak

Relax, India. There’s a bigger China bet than Pakistan

Even though China has pledged the largest sum to Pakistan for CPEC, Malaysia has quietly raced ahead of the pack in securing Chinese money for infrastructure projects. 

It is impossible to understand Karnataka’s complex politics without reading this breakdown

The state has six very distinctive regions, and any poll analysis can seldom be done without breaking down the whole into these six distinct parts.
Petrol Pump

India’s oil import addiction is the slick to the economy

The country’s reliance on monsoon and oil prices equals a not so sunny current account deficit.
A file image of Manna Dey

On his 99th birthday, remembering the Manna from heaven

Manna Dey was the fourth in a brilliant quartet with Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh. To that extent, he was denied the fame due to a genius like him.
Red Fort, Delhi

The row over Red Fort shows Indian liberals outrage first and Google much later

Left-libertarians have no problems cadging sponsorships from the same 'evil' corporates for their lit-fests, and generous wine ’n cheese laden evenings.

For women in the press like Rana Ayyub, it’s scarily easy for online threats to turn physical

After fake tweets and fake videos, Rana Ayyub was doxxed, her personal details, phone number and address, were posted with the intention to threaten and even attack her.
A "WalMart supercentre" logo above the entrance to an Asda supermarket in the UK

Acquiring Flipkart is one of the many big risk & reward global games Walmart is playing

Walmart is venturing into other ambitious deals in the international market, but the payoff will take patience. 

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.


Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.