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On Russia, PM Modi’s language isn’t too different from that of Nehru and India will pay costs

It's hard to assess the impact on India if the West introduces secondary sanctions on banks and corporations in China that continue to trade with Russia.

Jihad in India is headed for rebirth. PFI knows riding the communal tiger is perilous

Since the Karnataka hijab row, there’s been a sharp rise in support for PFI. But authorities have long alleged it to be an incubator for Indian jihadists.

Empire of poppies: Why countries think stopping Taliban’s narco-state is not worth the cost

Even as ordinary Afghans are reported to be selling their organs — and their daughters — for food, the Taliban-led opium industry is blossoming.

Ukraine crisis is India’s problem too, not just big powers’ fight for influence

There’s no telling how the distant power-struggle in Ukraine will end, but one way or the other, it will shape India’s world for decades to come.

Indira Gandhi’s ‘Hinduism in danger’ to Karnataka hijab row — This is what jihadists want

Lebanon, Yugoslavia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have shown what happens to nations that can’t manage ethnic or religious tensions.

Baloch grievances need political action. History shows insurgency can’t be killed with force

Like a bad dream, the ghosts of Aslam Baloch's slain insurgents resurfaced this week and stormed Pakistani military outposts in Panjgur and Noshki.

Islamic State leader’s death being cast as a milestone against terrorism. Truth is muddier

Celebrating ISIS leader’s death in US raid as big victory ignores past experience.

Pegasus scandal shows how lawless India’s ‘lawful interception’ has become

Many democracies understand the need for lawful surveillance against serious crimes. Few provide the executive such sweeping powers like India does.

Don’t just look at defence budget. India’s intelligence services, police desperately need funds

India’s only security challenge isn’t on the LAC. There’s chronic anaemia in India’s police and intelligence services.

Yemen’s ragtag rebels became a threat to world economy, showed military power has its limits

Iran and Saudi Arabia are talking—but it might be too late to put the war-making djinn back in the bottle. Power-brokers in Yemen depend on violence to secure influence.

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Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

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Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

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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