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File image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Photo: ANI

Geelani blames Pakistan but quitting Hurriyat has Modi govt written all over it

It is possible that Pakistan ISI will see the leadership vacuum in Hurriyat as an opportunity to take over the outfit and regroup terror modules. Delhi needs to be vigilant.
Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton | Photo: Gage Skidmore | Commons

India-Pakistan Balakot tensions were never really a crisis ‘in substance’: Ex-US NSA Bolton

John Bolton’s memoir ‘The Room Where It Happened’, which releases Tuesday, recounts incidents of 26 February 2019, when President Trump was in Vietnam to meet Kim Jong-un.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an event at the Asia Society in New York, US | Photo: Cate Dingley | Bloomberg

Balakot, blackout and IAF: When Pakistanis couldn’t stop the rumours Imran Khan had fueled

Pakistan PM Imran Khan has been waiting for a false flag operation by India, now for over a year. In May, he twice mentioned the possibility of Indian attack.
Indian Army personnel in Srinagar (file) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Artillery strikes on Pakistan will only bring good PR. For impact, India needs more Balakots

India can flail around like a helpless giant, engaging in pointless artillery duels with Pakistan or increase penalty each time the neighbor crosses the line.
File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Manvender Vashist/PTI

This is what IAF will do to ensure Balakot-style op isn’t questioned again

The IAF has rewritten firing protocols for air-to-surface Israeli missile Crystal Maze, which gives live feed of hitting the target.

If we had Rafales, we’d have shot down 4-5 Pakistani jets after Balakot: IAF ex-chief Dhanoa

Former IAF chief B.S. Dhanoa says India will hit back harder if Pakistan tries a Pulwama-like attack again.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the NRC Sunday after nationwide protests against the CAA | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Just 48 hours into 2020, and PM Modi has already obsessed over Pakistan twice

First day of 2020, Modi called on all neighbourhood countries except Pakistan. Then he told Karnataka about how Hindus and Dalits are being persecuted there.
PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

Indian military isn’t politicised like China, Pakistan but the seeds have been sown in 2019

The Modi government and the Indian armed forces will have to introspect and arrest this trend rather than wait for another debacle.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint.in

This Pakistan Twitter General protects his people with tweets & only follows himself

Pakistanis can’t compare me with anyone else because there is no one else who does what I do on a daily basis.

Balakot, China ‘incursions’ prove OSINT images are new threat for democracies and military

Public perception drives actions of democratic governments. And, this depends on credibility of information, which is being challenged by OSINT handles.

On Camera

In Gujarat, BJP hopes to retain power in the name of ‘chief minister’ Narendra Modi

The Modi magnifier

This is the first Indian election where a politician is winning by not promising governance, but simply seeking a vote against Musharraf, the Muslims and the Italian church.
PM Narendra Modi | ANI

If Modi wins on Sunday

According to the forecast, rupee will reach 67.5 per dollar by end of September and 67 by end of 2018 I Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Offer cashback, relax KYC norms to check decline in remittances, suggests WEF paper

Remittances, or the money overseas citizens send back to their home country, are expected to contract 20% in 2020 on account of Covid-19, according to a World Bank report.

Defence

Women recruits at the Corps of Military Police Centre and School in Bengaluru

Army begins process to recruit second batch of 100 women soldiers for military police

Army intends to induct 1,700 women recruits in the military police by 2036, increasing the percentage of women in the cadre to 20 over 17 years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.