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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping | PTI

The many ways India must NOT think about China

From Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai to hawks and owls: the many ways Indians think about China. One of the positive trends in India’s think tank...

2 Karmapas are uniting and it’s time for India to deal with it in a mature way

Meeting of the two Karmapas in France can have far-reaching consequences for Tibetan politics and India-China relations.
An idol of goddess Durga in Kolkata | Ashok Bhaumik/PTI

Back off, it’s my Durga as much as your Parvati

Makers of a cooking oil brand apologised and pulled an ad for offending sensitivities during Durga Puja and Navratri.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the silver jubilee celebration of National Human Right Commission, in New Delhi,

M.J. Akbar to Kathua: Decoding the silence of Teflon-coated Narendra Modi

The irony is Narendra Modi used to mock his predecessor, Manmohan Singh, for his silence, calling him ‘Maunmohan’.
Security personnel guard at Lal Chowk in Srinagar | S Irfan/PTI

Holding elections in Kashmir, without public trust, was a bad idea

Nobody in Delhi deemed it worthwhile to take a step back and see if Kashmir was in favour of elections at this juncture.
Managing Director of IMF Christine Lagarde

Forget a synchronised pickup in global economic growth

Trade tensions, geopolitical concerns, policy uncertainty, high debt levels, financial vulnerabilities & limited policy space are hurting outlook.
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The climate change battle will be won or lost in China

China now releases almost as much carbon dioxide as the US and Europe combined & needs massive investments to fight it.
PM Modi at BJP's parliamentary board meeting

Narendra Modi and BJP will be biggest beneficiaries in cynical defection season

In the season of one-way defection traffic to the BJP, the Congress can perhaps rely on the Communists.
Representational image | Commons

Two-wheelers are the future of electric vehicles in India

Electric two-wheelers are beginning to get attention in India where they account for 76% of vehicles and a whopping 30% of pollution

It’s time we believed sexual assault survivors because perpetrators rarely say #ItWasMe

Confessions of sexual assault are rare. Are men any more likely to confess to sexual assault since #MeToo?

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Muslim women walk with their children in Iraq (Representational image) | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
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.


File photo of ships during the Malabar naval exercise

First phase of Quad members’ Malabar exercise from 3-6 November in Bay of Bengal

Last week, India had announced Australia will take part in the exercise along with US and Japan, making it a drill by all 4 member nations of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition.
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.