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A view of the Bhutanese landscape. | Photo: Pixabay

Land Cruisers and phones — How the UN spread the virus of consumerism in Bhutan

In ‘The Good Country Equation’, Simon Anholt writes about Bhutan’s dilemma of increasing foreign revenue without losing its socio-cultural and environmental capital.
File photo | Jawaharlal Nehru addressing from a platform set up in front of the City Hall in New York, 1949 |Commons

Nehru going to UN on Kashmir was an error. And he knew it

In the book ‘India’s World’, Rajiv Dogra writes how Nehru quickly realised going to UN on Pakistan’s aggression in Kashmir was a mistake.
Security personnel conduct flag march during clashes between those against and those supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in north east Delhi | PTI

UN official raises concerns over hate speech in India, cites Subramanian Swamy’s comments

The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said India was seeing an increase in discrimination against minorities ever since the CAA was passed.
Uyghur Muslims and Xinjiang

China’s presence at the UN is growing stronger and Covid is another opportunity for Beijing

At least six top positions at the UN lie vacant. Countries, including India must nominate qualified candidates to stop China’s growing clout at the global body.
Michelle Bachelet, high commissioner for human rights at the United Nations in June 2019 | Carlos Becerra | Bloomberg

UN human rights body moves Supreme Court over CAA, govt says it’s internal matter

Michelle Bachelet, the UN human rights body chief, has filed an application in the Supreme Court stating the CAA unequally places other communities at such risk.
US President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China on 9 November, 2017.

US increases pressure on China about persecution of Uyghur Muslims

The Western criticism of China comes at a sensitive time, as US and China seek to complete preliminary deal in their lingering trade dispute.
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg in New York | File photo | Demetrius Freeman/Bloomberg

Greta Thunberg is the new Malala. She is telling seasoned politicians to grow up

Malala was called a CIA agent and Greta 'brainwashed'. But the hate that the two teenagers have faced says something about old traditional leaders.

At UN meet, PM Modi sets target of restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030

At the end of this meet, participant nations are expected to announce the Delhi Declaration that will represent a global resolve to fight climate change.
Saitish Acharya cartoon

‘Gag’ orders on J&K governor and PM Modi’s fitness tips to Imran Khan

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in Lahore | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Pakistan needs to stop thinking of Kashmir as an unfinished business of Partition

Pakistan has repeatedly altered the status of the parts of Kashmir it controls, weakening its current protestations.

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

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

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
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.