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Nirmala Sitharaman being sworn in as defence minister during the cabinet reshuffle in the Narendra Modi government on 3 September, 2017

With women, gen-next leaders and new entrants, the cabinet reshuffle eyes 2019 and beyond

With less than two years to general elections, the BJP is rewarding performance, fine tuning social equations, and making course corrections.
Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba's four day visit to India

Nepal PM Deuba unlikely to fulfil the promises he made during his Delhi visit

The new Nepal PM has promised a lot during his visit to India. But given the political scenario at home he's unlikely to fulfil them.
A picture of TN Ninan, chairman of Business Standard Private Limited

At the two-thirds mark

The Modi government gains in political strength and popular support even as the economy swings downward. Can the two continue to move in opposite directions?
US military strategy in Afghanistan

Trump’s ‘new strategy’ on Afghanistan: An echo of Obama’s presidency

The message is clear. U.S. armed forces are in Afghanistan to protect Americans from terrorist attacks that could originate from this region. These are pure national interests, devoid of any other sentiment.
A government school in Delhi

Talk Point: What measures are needed to ensure that every Indian school has trained teachers by 2019?

Poor learning levels at school and the absence of adequately qualified and trained teachers are clearly identified as the biggest of concerns in the...
Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has taken over as Pakistan PM since Nawaz Sharif had to resign

Pakistan’s PM wants to prove he is not merely a placeholder for Sharif family

Despite the temporary nature of his job, PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said he isn't there just to keep the seat warm for the Sharif family
Trump's new strategy on Afganistan

No longer a strategic ally, even Pakistan’s transactional ties with US are under strain

Pakistan’s response to Trump’s speech has hardened. But there is too much at stake for both sides to call for a break.
Photo of a flooded area in Mumbai after heavy rains lashed the city

Talk Point: Why is flooding in Mumbai an annual feature & what’s the solution to it?

We asked experts why flooding in Mumbai is an annual feature and what's the solution to prevent it in future.
Bhutan - People standing in queue outside ATM

RBI data reveals demonetisation was the epitome of whimsical, illogical policymaking

The government wanted demonetisation to combat three problems. None of them seem to have been solved. 

Demonetisation data shows it failed on many counts, but had some long-term benefits

Since there were multiple objectives of demonetisation, one cannot completely say whether the experiment was a failure or a success.

On Camera

ram madhav

Why does the Right-wing want to ‘occupy’ Delhi’s liberal hotspot Khan Market?

BJP's Ram Madhav took party workers to Khan Market to celebrate the Lok Sabha victory to assert the "new political ideology and culture".

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.