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Vajpayee showed us how to deal with China’s one slice at-a-time policy

This long-term Chinese strategy is best exemplified by the Middle Kingdom’s step-by-step encroachments into the sea between Vietnam and the Philippines. Manvendra Singh

Stuck in the middle: how Nepalis figure into the India-China Doklam standoff

The Foreign Ministry in Kathmandu has maintained a studied silence on the issue, but not a day passes without someone vilifying New Delhi. 

#TalkPoint: Should we relegate Partition to history books?

Should India consider Partition a history project or does its legacy continue to impact the country today? We ask the experts.

Pakistan’s ‘friendly terrorist’ Hafiz Saeed wants a political makeover

Hafiz Saeed’s move to launch Milli Muslim League Pakistan shows being the ‘friendly terrorist’ for the deep state is no longer enough
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When you cry havoc, but leash the Dogs of War

Chinese coercive diplomacy is using its official media as a weapon. They can misconstrue our selective outrage as weakness. Shekhar Gupta

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.

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Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.