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Who really deserves credit for India’s economic growth?

Did the 1991 reforms constitute a revolutionary change in economic policymaking or were they simply a milestone? Adam B. Lerner

Talk Point: What reforms has the Muslim community initiated on triple talaq?

Ahead of the SC's triple talaq judgement we ask experts the internal reforms the community has implemented.

Sharif underestimated impact of Panama on public opinion, relied on legal arguments

Judges were not oblivious to public opinion and came up with remarks such as ‘Sicilian mafia’ for the House of Sharifs.

Talk Point: Is the RSS now part of the political mainstream?

Three of the top constitutional posts in the nation will soon be occupied by RSS supporters.

The future is a constituency where the BJP has few enthusiasts

Listening to the language and rhetoric of the BJP politics and policy, one is tempted to pan it as being pickled in the social sciences of the 19th century.
Nitish Kumar joins the BJP

Hamara desh badal gaya hai

Why Nitish's latest defection is actually a desertion of an ideological offering which has run its course in the new, I-don't-owe-you-nothing India. Shekhar Gupta

Talk Point: Did India wake up late to the idea of privacy? Can law help us put personal privacy first?

Most liberal democracies across the globe debated privacy at least half a century ago. Did India wake up late to the idea of privacy?
File image of Nitish Kumar. Source: @NitishKumar

Talk Point: Is Nitish Kumar the smartest political opportunist in India?

What does Nitish Kumar stand to gain by resigning as Bihar Chief Minister.

‘Dunkirk’ has a message for Indian war-mongers

Dunkirk does not deglamourise war by romanticising peace, it does so by putting the audience right at the centre of war. Indian prime-time warriors might do well in watching this Christopher Nolan masterpiece.  Srijan Shukla 

On Camera

Sara Ali Khan poses during trailer launch of "Love Aaj Kal" in Mumbai | PTI

‘What does Sara Ali Khan do?’ Wears her third-gen privilege proudly in Bollywood

Her forthcoming film Love Aaj Kal with Imtiaz Ali is proof that Sara Ali Khan isn’t going to wait around for her Karan Johar. She’ll chart her own path.

Has CDS Gen Bipin Rawat overstepped his brief by speaking on ‘de-radicalisation camps’?

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that India has de-radicalisation camps for the young. He also said that 10-12 years old from Kashmir were being radicalised.


Asif Ghafoor

‘Twitter General’ Asif Ghafoor is no longer Pakistan military’s spokesperson

Asif Ghafoor has been sent to Infantry Division. Major Gen. Babar Iftikhar will be new director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, Pakistan military’s publicity wing.

Under Modi-Shah, BJP is back to being the Bharatiya ‘Baniya’ Party

BJP under Modi-Shah is returning to its protectionist, anti-MNC, technophobic old notions, underlining that strong governments can also be more risk-averse.