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A file of photo Dineshwar Sharma (L) with Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi

India needs to regain confidence of Kashmiri people: Dineshwar Sharma

The new interlocutor says he would take a ‘different approach’ to solve Kashmir’s problems and that he is open to talk to anyone in the Valley.
Valley psychiatrists say that the government and police have allowed the situation to get out of hand after incidents of braid chopping.

Kashmir psychiatrists say braid chopping is nothing but mass hysteria

Valley psychiatrists say that the government and police have allowed the situation to get out of hand after incidents of braid chopping.
PDP hopeful of ‘breakthrough’ as interlocutor Sharma concludes Kashmir visit

Talk Point: Can the appointment of an interlocutor help change the ground situation in Kashmir?

Can the appointment of an interlocutor by the government really help change the situation on the ground in Kashmir? We bring sharp perspectives.
Braid chopping hysteria is a complication Kashmir doesn’t need, Mehbooba must act

Braid chopping hysteria is a complication Kashmir doesn’t need, Mehbooba must act

In the past 45 days, there have been at least 72 incidents where innocent people were tortured on the suspicion of being braid choppers.
The protests over incidents of braid chopping have targeted the army on multiple occasions.

Army’s new Kashmir challenge: mob violence after braid choppings

There are enough people ready to shoot amateur videos of these mob attacks on the army and send them across the border for propaganda usage.
Hurriyat blames Centre for Kashmir dialogue stalemate

Hurriyat blames Centre for Kashmir dialogue stalemate

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq says Modi govt lacks “Vajpayee approach”, paying lip service about holding talks.
Kashmiris are closely watching the referendum in Catalonia

Kashmiris are paying close attention to Catalan referendum

The Catalan referendum and its past use in Scotland has generated hope among various regions of the world aspiring for the same.
The videos of the surgical strikes against Pakistan were released by Prime Minister's office | Wikimedia Commons

Surgical strikes had great propaganda value, but has only made things worse

In the short term, the strikes had great propaganda value that can be used for political gains, and stirring nationalistic fervour.
India-Pakistan

India-Pakistan relations: Charting a course without reliable maps

Emotional handshakes seem to vaporize in the atavism of distrust that constantly reasserts itself.
Rahul Gandhi's speech at UC Berkeley stood out in many respects. Here's a list

What stood out in Rahul Gandhi’s speech in UC Berkeley

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi did manage to make some new points in his speech at UC Berkeley.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.