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Modi govt needs to come clean on China. India must win information wars too

The Modi govt should not dither in accepting what has happened. A strategic communication is needed to counter China, which is gaining ground with its narrative.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a cabinet meeting Monday | Photo: ANI

Modi govt’s silence on China gave ‘satellite warriors’ a free run. India will rue the damages

If the LAC crisis prolongs, the satellite warriors will only get better at their interpretations and Modi govt's silence will be seen as capitulation or a cover-up.
Army Chief General MM Naravane meets Army Chief commended troops as he visited forward areas in Eastern Ladakh and reviewed the operational situation on the ground on 24 June 2020 | ANI

Military talks with the Chinese must not wear India down. Plan B should be ready

PLA troops have for long been showing disregard for border agreements, protocols and the CBMs that has now culminated in the current stand-off.
PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.

Trump’s reelection campaign is in crisis

As of 26 June, President Trump was averaging 41.4% of the vote in head-to-head contests with Joe Biden, just 0.8% higher than his job approval.

‘Think tank’ control room, roping in NGOs and entrepreneurs — How Kanker district fought Covid

District Collector of Uttar Bastar Kanker, Chhattisgarh, writes about his admin’s humanitarian approach in providing support at the grassroots level during Covid.
The hut in which Dinesh Pawar lives with his family in Jamde village, Maharashtra | By special arrangement

TikTok made rural India into DIY Eklavyas

Chinese apps like TikTok adored every rejected ‘unequal’ Indian. The mainstream elite and privileged people can cry anti-national all they want.
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India can’t afford to be defensive against China like it has been with Pakistan on terror

Avoiding war with China will cost Delhi in long run. Beijing’s LAC aggression will return.

Fake pilots have done to Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan what even Trump couldn’t

Imran Khan govt’s entire focus lies on shifting the blame and managing the image of the prime minister. Its probe in fake pilot scam is no different.
PM Modi's Covid-19 address on 14 April. Photo | YouTube

Unlike Indira Gandhi, this is why Modi era isn’t producing strong new foes

Unlike the Emergency, the processes of democracy have been left intact by Modi, preventing the opposition from highlighting the seriousness of the situation.

On Camera

File photo | Sushant Singh Rajput | Facebook/SushantSinghRajput

Nepotistic privilege should be a matter of social shame. It holds India back

Woke young millennials should start looking down upon friends who take the easy route of following up on their parents’ careers.
Representational image of Union finance ministry | ANI

Economy showing signs of recovery but pandemic may affect business climate: Finance Ministry

Improved kharif sowing, pick-up in electricity and petrol consumption, and higher freight movement indicate green shoots in the economy, ministry report stated.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

PLA troops ‘completely move out’ of Galwan as India-China head towards total disengagement

India and China have begun a second attempt at disengagement in Ladakh after a 61-day stand-off along the western sector of the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.