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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav during an election rally in Nawada Friday. | Photo: ANI

‘What was PM doing when Bihar soldiers died’ — Rahul Gandhi raises Galwan issue at rally

Addressing his first Bihar election rally, Rahul Gandhi targeted PM Modi on the Chinese ‘invasion’ of India. Modi had earlier said he 'bowed' his head to soldiers who died in the Galwan clash.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India’s use of secret guerrilla force SFF in Ladakh signals a larger design to contain China

China has boundary disputes with 17 other nations besides India. What's New Delhi waiting for?
An IAF fighter jet flies over Leh after fresh confrontation between India and China on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso, 2 Sep | PTI

IAF is key to India’s ‘deterrence by punishment’ plan against China. Now to wait for winter

China knows PLAAF doesn’t match IAF, and is strengthening its air defence along LAC. The government’s stance must stay focussed on punishment, not denial.

Chinese tech giant Alibaba puts investment plans for India on hold amid ‘souring relations’

Bilateral tensions have forced Chinese firms to hold investment plans in India. But Alibaba doesn’t plan to 'reduce its stakes or exit investments' in India.
File photo of Chinese president Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

This is how China deployed psy-war after Ladakh. And why India isn’t replying

The LAC is not the only place India has to fight China. We can’t be silent and let Chinese psy-ops manipulate truth.
An Indian Army truck on a Kashmir highway leading to Ladakh | Representational image | ANI

Close combat is so last century. China will use drones, PGMs, high-end tech against India

The three new areas of warfare, which constitute cyber, electronic and space domains, have been adopted well by the Chinese PLA.
Representational image of Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping| Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Jaishankar wants equilibrium with China. But Beijing is playing a whole different game

Xi Jinping wants obedient clients, not independent partners. Galwan had to be the place where it finally dawned on India that ties with China are only possible with military strength.
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing, China | Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images

India must heed growing China-Pakistan intel-sharing. It may have aided Galwan clash

A report on enhanced China-Pakistan cooperation suggests that Pakistan could have shared its intelligence with China ahead of the India-China standoff in Galwan.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh poses with officers at a forward base in Ladakh, 17 July | PTI

India must allow armed forces to raise own finances. Defence budget will never be enough

India needs every penny during the Covid crisis. So, defence bureaucracy must let armed forces raise their own money and not divert all resources when events like Galwan occur.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

The story of what really happened when Chinese troops ‘withdrew’ from Galwan Post 58 years back

Months before the India-China war in 1962, an Army platoon held on to a post in Galwan despite being surrounded. The Chinese later moved back by about 200 m.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.