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PM Narendra Modi at Gandhi Peace Prize award at Rashtrpati Bhawan in New Delhi | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

India has called Pakistan’s nuclear bluff again, but Modi cannot become complacent

Pakistan and the world will have to keep the redefined red lines in mind. But India can’t be complacent, because Pakistan’s compulsive bad habits return.

Hold the outrage over Modi hugging MBS, check these facts first

Narendra Modi has been wise not to let Pakistan and Pulwama ruin ties with Saudi Arabia. And he's only pursuing a Manmohan Singh initiative energetically.

By choosing Modi & Yogi’s turf, Priyanka signals she’s a dynast with a difference

Priyanka's choice of political challenge & timing underline an audacity rare among risk-averse dynasties. But that won't be enough to revive Congress in eastern UP.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice AK Sikri

Give us back our staid, old & boring Supreme Court, dear Lordships

If SC introspects, it will see how its dabbling with CBI has been self-destructive. So bad the blame has now shifted from Modi govt to judiciary.

Go to Hampi, says NYT. You’ll see a treasure ruined again, with peanuts for restoration

Seeing Hampi might also persuade you to accept the idea of involving good corporates to preserve heritage differently. The New York Times tells the world...
PM Narendra Modi being greeted by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik on his arrival in Varanas

Elevating Yogi Adityanath is becoming PM Modi’s biggest blunder now, not demonetisation

Yogi Adityanath is Modi-Shah’s Frankenstein’s monster who can divide but not deliver. He may also wreck Modi’s immediate political future.
Imran Khan at the Kartarpur Corridor inauguration

Don’t get breathless over Kartarpur, Imran Khan has no power to wage war or peace

Imran Khan can’t defy the template for power set by his Army. Don’t waste time reading his intentions, his limitations are clear.

A verdict that shows it’s the Supreme Court of real India, not just its elites

The Supreme Court has masterfully separated elitist chaff from utilitarian grain. It deserves admiration for upholding a modern view of governance.
Navjot Singh Sidhu with Sushma Swaraj at Parliament House in New Delhi | Getty Images

As if hounding Muslims wasn’t enough, BJP is now giving same treatment to Sikhs

By unleashing the propaganda machine against the Sikhs on Kartarpur Sahib issue, BJP is playing with fire that patriotic—and smart—Indians would rather not.
Rajiv Gandhi

Gandhi family can’t decide fate of Rajiv’s assassins; 14 other Indians died with him

The Gandhi family may or may not forgive them, but they have no locus standi. India is a constitutional state, not a feudal or tribal one with blood money justice.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.