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Nawaz Sharif

Bajwa and Faiz look weak, but not Pakistan army. Opposition must ensure generals don’t return

Nawaz Sharif is certainly no Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who died fighting a military dictatorship.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

Politicisation of Covid vaccine is a good thing — it means India will get it free

After the BJP promise of free Covid vaccines in its Bihar manifesto, the policy debate should shift to the details of the ‘free’.
US President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden | Flickr & Wiki Commons

Only common agenda between Trump and Biden — tackling the China challenge

Most strategic analysts in the US today unhesitatingly declare that the main economic, technological & security challenge in coming years will be from China.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav Twitter | @yadavtejashwi

‘Lalu aa jayega’ thought still haunts Biharis. Tejashwi can’t win youth with IAS ambitions

The JDU, too, like the BJP, believes in the politics of empowerment and Nitish Kumar as Bihar’s CM has worked on the vision of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas’.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat during the celebration on the occasion of Dussehra, in Nagpur Sunday. | Photo: ANI

Hindutva, China, Covid & agriculture — Breaking down Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech

In episode 601 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the significance of Bhagwat’s speech and gives political pointers from the powerful organisation.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar addresses an election meeting at Raghunathpur, in Siwan district, 20 Oct, 2020 | PTI

‘Nitish hatao’ chorus grows louder in Bihar 

An increasingly large number of voters in Bihar are talking the language of change, ‘badlav’ and ‘parivartan’. 

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Modi’s lockdown beard is here to stay. It has much to achieve, politically

Modi is slowly and steadily crafting his own persona to match up to the looks of the greatest political and philosophical icons of India.
File photo of NSCN (I-M) chief Thuingaleng Muivah | ANI

It’s time Muivah and NSCN (I-M) realise that demand for sovereign Nagaland won’t work

For Nagas born after 1997, the romance of a Nagalim passport is passé. NSCN (I-M) chief TH Muivah’s bid for sovereign Nagalim is out of sync with present reality.

On Camera

People waiting to enter a supermarket have their identity documents checked by staff in Singapore (Representational image) | Photo: Roslan Rahman | Getty Images/AFP via Bloomberg

Don’t ignore the good news on Covid-19 from Asia

The perception of an Asian advantage often falls prey to essentialist thinking — that somehow the East's values, politics and culture is letting it do things the West can't.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

These are the measures China has proposed to ease tensions at LAC in Ladakh

Over a series of meetings, China has made several suggestions to de-escalate tensions at the border, but India has rejected them since they boost Beijing's strategic position.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.