Ghose leaves a legacy for the foreign service in which she served with such distinction: of integrity, of moral courage, of uncompromising intellectual honesty.
The NHRC had probed numerous cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur but unless these end in prosecutions the rule of law will remain compromised.
The claims made by apologists for the government about why India needs to rush its membership of the NSG simply don’t add up.
The NSG’s 2008 waiver made India unique. By pleading to be let into the NSG now, we have handed Pakistan the hyphen to us which that waiver had removed.
The electricity generating projects are likely to saddle the Pakistani government with a massive fiscal burden but the real cost of CPEC is likely to be felt in the changing civil-military balance.
Since the Indian member of the tribunal is there to protect Indian interests, it is baffling that he neither dissented nor put in an explanatory declaration to oppose a decision that so gravely weakens India’s case on merits. This must have been on instructions. Perhaps the government owes an explanation for this.
Because George W. Bush could not claim even an imagined victory in the war on terror without Pakistan’s grudging complaisance, it became clear, after Mumbai, that it had a unique immunity in the 1267 committee.
To the eternal credit of our founding matas and pitas in the constituent assembly, they refused to replace India with Bharat despite pleas by some members. The BJP’s call today to make the chanting of ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ the test of patriotism is not a way of upholding the constitution but of undoing it.
Standing up for Bharat Mata even as we kill reason, sense, and one of her flood plains.
India sending the odd battle-fleet or the odder battle-axe of a minister to Maldives is unlikely to wean the island nation from the Chinese nor will it provide the security the archipelago needs.
When India engages with the whole range of bilateral issues, including those dear to Pakistan’s heart, the government in Islamabad can take steps and make gestures that it cannot if these appear to be capitulation to Indian ultimatums.
His 2003 visit to the UK was a nerve-racking and politically fraught affair, writes Satyabrata Pal, who was India’s Deputy High Commissioner in London at the time.
By striking down the NJAC, what the Supreme Court has preserved is not the independence the Constitution conferred on the judiciary, but a privilege which it did not.
India needs political leaders who can make people understand and accept that even if Hinduism is the dominant religion, men and women cannot be killed because what they write or what they eat offends Hindus.
The PM needs to make better use of India’s diplomatic energy and talent than the childish squabbling with Pakistan that we have seen over the past few days.
Yogi Berra’s one-liners should be required reading for Indians confused by the policies of this government and the antics of their ministers.
Whether the families of the victims – or the survivors – will ever find justice when the state refuses to acknowledge that enormous crimes were committed, is moot. That is a battle which must be fought.
Concern for religious persecution has made India open its doors to Hindus and other minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh but not to the Rohingya of Myanmar. Is it because they profess the wrong religion?
Far from protecting India’s interests, the red lines have simply painted the government into a corner, where it can only sulk, as a prisoner of its own foolishness
No other weapon, doctrine or ideology has spawned so much self-righteous hypocrisy as the atomic bomb
A meeting between the NSAs to “discuss all issues connected to terrorism”, with the rest of the India-Pakistan relationship in deep freeze, will serve very little purpose
Our godmen are rich beyond the dreams of avarice, but ask one of them to set out a position on climate change and he will tie himself in knots and call it yoga
By concentrating on AFSPA, a blot though it is, Amnesty’s report presents only a facet of the systemic faults that make it almost impossible for victims of human rights violations in J&K to get relief, or to punish the men who violated their rights.
Hindus, who explode in anger when images of their Gods are misused or abused in other cultures, should be able to understand that Muslims are devastated by cartoons of their Prophet, and enraged that those who drew them are lionised for it.