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Uyghur Muslims and Xinjiang

China is good at many things, just not propaganda. This Covid-19 story about India proves it

China’s propaganda wing was, is and will remain a 19th-century anachronistic joke in the 21st century. Coronavirus or not.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

S Jaishankar’s remark on India’s friends: Sign of new confidence or misplaced arrogance?

External affairs minister S. Jaishankar has said India is "maybe getting to know" who its "friends really are" over criticisms on CAA, Kashmir and Delhi riots.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain |ThePrint

Not all Muslim nations love Modi. This is why Iran, Malaysia, Turkey don’t

In many parts of the Muslim world, Modi now appears to be the most intensely disliked Indian prime minister ever. And there is a pattern to it.
US President Donald Trump

Overlook his unpredictability, Trump’s visit signals continuity in new phase of India-US ties

India will have invested in someone, who with all his policy-by-tweets, will be around in decision-making authority, with global impact.
PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump raise hands on stage during the Howdy Modi event in Houston, Texas | Scott Dalton/Bloomberg

When Modi says Namaste to a Republican Trump, he shouldn’t forget Democrats matter too

For Modi, navigating the fine line between being a gracious host to Trump, and appearing to support his quest for four more years back home won’t be easy.

One of the few issues Nixon & Kennedy agreed on was US helping India win race against China

In her new book, Fateful Triangle, Tanvi Madan writes about how China has been the crucial factor driving the relationship between India and the US.
Sheep in Ladakh | Representational image | Flickr

1965 – The year China accused Indian troops of stealing 800 sheep and 59 yaks

1965 was a year of heightened diplomatic sensitivities and brittle India-China relations, writes Probal Dasgupta in his new book Watershed 1967.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Assocham event in New Delhi on 20 December | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi used to be toast of the world, now his ministers are damaging Brand India by lashing out

From The New York Times to The Economist, the world is beginning to paint India with the same brush on CAA and Kashmir just eight months into Modi’s second term.
Trump and Modi

India can’t continue to overlook Trump’s diplomatic slights. Time to redefine ties sensibly

Should India assist the US in restoring its primacy in Asia or build a reformed and stable world order that would inevitably require cooperation with other great powers?
Xi Jinping arrival prep

China’s stand on Kashmir isn’t surprising. Modi denying global reality is

India is not China’s equal. And overconfidence is dangerous in power politics — another lesson that New Delhi refuses to learn.

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Social sciences

Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Defence

A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.