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Mehbooba Mufti

Indian media’s portrayal of Kashmiri leaders reduces their political space in the Valley

Kashmiri leaders should not be targeted just because of their advocacy for dialogue with Pakistan.

Rajasthan’s budget this week had the seed of a new milk revolution, but everybody missed it

The two state budget this week stand out in contrast to any other in India, for uniqueness and long-term physical and intellectual impact in Rajasthan.
Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Tripura

Modi thinks simultaneous polls will give him a second term, make him invincible

While so much noise is being made, the government is yet to attempt the important challenge of finding a political consensus.
Image of a man adjusting his tie

Research confirms your attitude is more important than your intelligence

Common sense would suggest that having ability, like being smart, inspires confidence. It does, but only while the going is easy.
Iffat Omar

A Pakistani TV actor posted a picture with a pad and was attacked for being a bad Muslim

Some people were so infuriated that they threatened to have me thrown out of my country. I am a woman, and any issue related to my gender has no nationality.
Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS

With Sri Lanka and Maldives under Chinese influence, India is fast losing its leverage

The local election results in Sri Lanka show Sirisena’s diminishing stock. But Rajapaksa or Sirisena, China will continue to have its way in the indebted island nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Rajya Sabha

Indian states are doing a shoddy job of governance, but the focus is always on the Centre

The failures of the states does not mean that the Centre should do more, but there needs to be more scrutiny on states, whose own governance can range from the desultory to the dictatorial.
A young couple takes a selfie in front of the Taj Mahal replica

Periyar would have been happy seeing how couples celebrated Valentine’s Day this year

Were he alive, Periyar would be happy to see such young couples defy rightwing moral policing
Priya Prakash Varrier in a screengrab from the 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi' video

Priya Varrier’s wink is a relief at a time when love and sex have become state subjects

She is forward.  She winks. She flirts. She puts the tease into eve teasing. In real life, the moral police would probably come down on her like a ton of bricks.

Lessons from Sunjuwan: Get a smart, effective perimeter security system at military bases

A committee formed after Pathankot and Uri attacks gave a detailed plan to overhaul perimeter security in almost all military locations.

On Camera

File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Wikimedia Commons

China’s on India’s side in Pangong, Hot Springs. ‘Difference in perception’ line suits it

China has, over the years, specialised in salami slicing. In Sept 2017, then Army chief Bipin Rawat had cautioned that China was silently taking over territory.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.


File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.