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File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

China is following Mao’s dictum by keeping two-front war option against India open

China is signaling India not only to refrain from buttressing its military capabilities along the border, but also that its incursions will continue.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Angela Merkel doesn’t use war imagery for Covid. In fact, she hardly uses metaphors

Macron said his nation was at war with an invisible enemy. Trump says he is a ‘wartime president’. Johnson has spoken of the virus as an ‘enemy’. But not Germans.
People stand in a queue to take free essential commodities during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Prayagraj on 8 April | ANI

Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Mahatma Gandhi during crises, Manu Joseph unhappy with essential goods

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Aruna Sundararajan, Suyash Rai, Rahul Verma and many more.
Various gas masks employed on the Western Front and Eastern Front during World War I | Wikimedia commons

How the humble coconut became a part of modern warfare in World War I

In ‘Coconut’, Robin Laurance traces how the fruit changed the world. Coconut charcoal was in great demand during WWI.
File image of US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (for representation) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint |

Modi to Trump to Macron, everyone loves a good war analogy. But coronavirus is not an ‘enemy’

Most countries, including US and India, have been using military language to describe the coronavirus crisis. But that won’t help us tackle the pandemic.
war movie

War is India’s answer to Mission Impossible & Hrithik Roshan’s comeback

Packed with entertaining action sequences, this is an easy one-time watch.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

In 1947, Gandhi told Lt Gen Sen that wars were inhuman, but to fight for Kashmir with all means

In his book, Slender Was The Thread, Lt Gen. L.P. Sen wrote about being airlifted to Srinagar in 1947 and taking over the Indian defence of Kashmir.
PM Narendra Modi

Pakistan’s changed behaviour post-Balakot isn’t permanent. But India can make it one

India’s aggressive diplomacy is paying higher dividends than direct military action against Pakistan.
Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Islamabad | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Modi is not wrong in thinking Pakistan wants talks with India to earn global brownie points

Modi feels he must compel Pakistan to change its behaviour instead of allowing it to claim parity with India with terrorism as a key tool.
Farmers sort their onion crop | Representational image: ANI

India can’t afford a hurried resolution on MSP demand. It can cause chaos, long-term damage

A guaranteed MSP can be a procurement scheme, a price deficiency payment option, or a combination of both. What could be the implications for govt and the market?
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.