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Privacy verdict presents big data as a reality we need to work with, not against.

It is difficult to say if the verdict places individual consent as a deal-breaker when used by private actors.

Talk Point: Will the reopening of 1984 riot cases help victims or is it too late?

In a bid to render ‘speedy’ justice to the victims of the 1984 riots, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) closed 199 out of a...

PM Modi’s outreach to Kashmiris needs to become a doctrine

At a time when the security forces have achieved impressive results in terrorist kills over the last three months, the statement surprised some observers in Kashmir.

Reports of beefing up of forces by China in occupied Tibet can’t be trusted

Most of these reports are repetitive in nature or have images picked up from old exercises in areas looking similar to Tibet claiming authenticity.

Critics say Pakistan’s census data has problems and they may be right

Even after the census process was completed, the provisional results were delayed by a month, ostensibly because of ongoing political tumult. This has raised some questions about the credibility of the results.

Doklam standoff ends: India did a lot right, but needs to prepare

The Doklam standoff might have ended peacefully but India needs to introspect and prepare for the next such event.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with China's Xi Jinping

‘Strategic claustrophobia’ will cause more Doklam-style tensions between India & China

Doklam is not a one-off incident, with Asia's giants experiencing strategic claustrophobia, it is likely that minor events will blow up to become issues of national security needing more bilateral consultations.
Indian Army

It’s time for India to formulate a national security doctrine

Having a national security doctrine helps avoid ambiguity about dealing with a crisis and to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

Pakistan’s new census: What has changed in 20 years

Pakistan’s new census, held after nearly two decades, and marred by series of attacks on census workers, shows what has changed in its demographic

Talk Point: What are the lessons from the violence after Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction

An expert panel also offers tips on how such instances of violence can be prevented in the future.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.


Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.