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Pakistan again cultivating Lashkar, Jaish as loyal proxies. And why China’s got its back

LeT's Makki was designated as global terrorist after months of Chinese objection. There's a message: Islamabad can count on its Iron Brother for protection against jihadists.

Embracing Taliban key to China’s goals in Central Asia. But Islamic State won’t let it happen

Like the US and USSR before it, China is being taught that being the pre-eminent power in Afghanistan isn't necessarily a good thing.

Vajpayee to Modi, why India-Pakistan secret peace dialogues on Kashmir have always failed

Even though governments in Pakistan and India have changed, the calculations in either capital have not. New Delhi thinks time is on its side on Kashmir.

Why white elephant democracy will fuel civil war in Myanmar, instability in India’s Northeast

The insurgency in Myanmar could leave the military in no position to keep delivering on its commitments to India. Chinese influence will only make things worse.

Pakistani militants bringing communal war back to J&K. Hindu killings in Rajouri are proof

The New Year morning slaughter of six Rajouri residents by jihadists has raised fears that the murderous communal war in the Jammu region will reignite.

Killing of Pulwama fugitive Ashiq Nengroo no closure. Jaish-e-Mohammad story far from over

Even though the Jaish threat appears to have been stamped out inside Kashmir, the organisation retains its capabilities.

For Afghan women, world is uniting again—this time to leave them to their fate

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan banned women from universities—the latest in a series of measures which mark the descent of an iron veil over Afghanistan.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari wants to be the reliable anti-India patriot Pakistan Army needs

Like his grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Bilawal is betting on nationalism and the Generals to go up the political ladder. But the strategy will only tighten the army's grip.

Pakistan can’t fight its real enemy Taliban so it’s turning to politically useful enemy India

The dossier targeting india and PM Modi might win Pakistan's establishment applause from nationalists, but it won't extricate the country from the minefields it has laid for itself.

Tawang skirmish shows LAC’s volatile. Army risking getting mired in Siachen-style resource trap

To avoid unsustainable confrontation along the LAC, India will have to avoid the missteps made in 1962—carefully judging just what lines to hold and how to defend them.

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By January 31 this year, wheat prices averaged about Rs 38 per kilogram | Representative picture | Photo: PTI

With tightening wheat supplies globally, prices of atta soar Rs 7...

Experts believe prices are likely to go down as harvest season approaches & assert that government must release strategic reserve in open market to enhance supply. 


India is modernising its armed forces and trying to reduce defence imports | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Budget 2023: Defence gets 13% more than last yr. Pensions &...

Capital budget increased to Rs 1.62 lakh crore from 1.52 lakh crore. Navy, Army see substantial increase but allocation for procuring aircraft, aero engines goes down.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Market has won & now it’s for Adani to decide whether...

If the political establishment responds to a situation like this as if it’s something that must only play out between a corporate & the market, it's coming of age of Indian capitalism.