Monday, January 30, 2023


Pakistan’s peace calls with India scream strategic desperation. It won’t bear results

For Pakistan’s strategic orientation to change, India must provide some reassurance. But India’s military is structured to capture some of Pakistan’s territory.

Maulana Azad to Romila Thapar—Bharat Ratna and Padma awardees who refused to accept it

Indira Gandhi's principal secretary, PN Haksar was the first person to refuse the Padma Vibhushan award. He said he was simply doing his job and accepting the award would be discomforting.

Why Muslims must consider the rainbow BJP is making. Identity matters in a democracy

Identity groups need to make sure that they are able to bargain and leverage their support with multiple parties.

PLA media villainises India as Xi inspects LAC troops ahead of Chinese New Year

Xi has signed a troop mobilisation order for military training during the first week of every new year since 2018. But no such order was signed in 2023.

Why BJP didn’t want PM Modi’s words about Pasmandas, Bohras, and Church to come out

While PM Modi advocates outreach to sections of minorities, his BJP colleagues are wary of upsetting the party's core support base.

Budget 2023 must focus on agricultural productivity, not production. Go beyond populism

Data is a challenge, but with imaginative incentives, metrics, and solutions such as an AgriStack, we can look forward to a new agricultural revolution over the coming decade.

BBC Modi documentary row highlights highly risky nature of India’s new image wars

In blocking any circulation or mention of the documentary on social media platforms, PM Modi has reinforced his image and actions as those of a strongman.

‘I am a stranger to myself’—Hanif Kureishi is turning his tragic fall into a poignant story

Kureishi was in Rome when he had a disastrous fall on 26 December 2022. Eleven days later, he began tweeting to a loyal audience.

Kashmir is the solution to Pakistan’s water woes. But Islamabad must give up territorial claims first

Failing to address the water problem, though, could end up empowering jihadists who threaten the stability of both nation-states.

Apple checkmating regulators with wireless charging push. But it is exposing its technology

Since 2012, Apple has used the lightning connector on its iPhones. But the industry has leaned in favour of USB-Type C ports.

On Camera


Hanuman temple in Delhi's Karol Bagh | PTI

How Hanuman offers lessons for India’s and the world’s public diplomacy...

Besides foreign minister Jaishankar calling Hanuman a great diplomat, the Hindu god is revered across Southeast Asia as the anchor of a 'civilisational nation state'.
Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani | ANI file photo

Adani-Hindenburg row erupts into war of words, neither side backing down

Adani Group calls Hindenburg allegations baseless, unethical, and in violation of law while the firm says Adani obfuscating truth, avoiding real issues of fraud.


A representational photo of Lockheed Martin headquarters at Bethesda, US | Commons

Fits between Tejas & heavier fighters — Why Lockheed wants India...

IAF’s Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft programme acted as a catalyst for making fighters in the country, says William Blair, Lockheed Martin’s India vice-president and chief executive.

Return of the Muslim: From Modi ‘sermon’ to Pathaan to Bharat...

Most key Hindutva/RSS objectives have been achieved, and Modi & BJP now need social calm, at least till summer of 2024. A de-escalation of some sort is on.