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Hibatullah can hide his face. But not the emerging struggle within Taliban leadership

Mullah Umar’s elusive successor, Hibatullah Akhundzada, delivered his Eid message this week. There hasn’t been any explanation though why he doesn't show his face in public.

Women suicide bombers evoke a ‘special’ fear. But it’s about patriarchy, not bombs

Exactly like men, women suicide bombers kill and die for causes, good or evil. They too are motivated by political grievances, revenge, and rage.

Indian military’s multiculturalism always faced strains. Army iftaar tweet row is a warning

The Army has always prided itself on respecting the religious traditions of its troops. But communal biases are now reaching a dangerous new level.

The forever war in Afghanistan is nowhere near its end. Now IS indulging in ethnic warfare

Islamic State is seeking to overthrow the Taliban—quietly helped along by the discontent in its own ranks, economic crisis, and disputes over the spoils of power.

Pegasus is seducing, but good intelligence isn’t just tech. India needs more than software

Things truly important aren’t discussed on the phone. India should introduce institutional reforms its intelligence services desperately need.

India’s turned a blind Right eye to Hindutva violence, but it can be a threat to State itself

Street gangs are building a Hindu nationalist state with low-grade, everyday terrorism. Earlier phases of communal violence at least didn't undermine the authority of institutions.

US needs oil, and Iran needs end to sanctions, but they still can’t agree on nuclear deal

In principle, the deal couldn’t be easier. America needs Iran’s oil and gas to help wean the world off Russian hydrocarbons. Iran needs an end to sanctions that have hurt its economy.

Al-Zawahiri invoking culture war in South Asia. Al-Qaeda sees opportunity in Hijab row

For millions, in India and Pakistan, state is a god that’s failed. Al-Qaeda isn’t the only violent movement to have flowered in this toxic political landscape.

Instead of trying to beat China in Sri Lanka, New Delhi needs to change the game

The Ming dynasty’s aggressive expansion in the Indian Ocean has lessons for both India and Xi Jinping.

Modi govt’s order to reduce AFSPA in Assam, Manipur & Nagaland bold. Kashmir should be next

For generations, Indian discussions on counterinsurgency have been curiously amnesiac. Modi govt needs to see that the problem isn't AFSPA.

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Why the rupee’s ‘record low’ is not necessarily a cause for concern

What ‘strong currency’ policy framers ignore is that almost every nation with a successful long-term record of development has pursued a ‘weak currency’ policy to win export markets.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.

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The Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator | Photo: DRDO

‘Major milestone’: India conducts maiden flight of unmanned aircraft demonstrator

DRDO calls flight a significant step towards self-reliance in defence technologies; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauds achievement, says ‘it paves way for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in critical military systems’.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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