After fits and starts, the government has chosen the path of dialogue. It should not allow itself to be sidetracked now.
The Prime Minister relented after Sanjiv Chaturvedi moved a contempt petition before the Central Administrative Tribunal, which had ordered the government to take a decision in his case.
New Delhi: In the run up to the August 23-24 meeting here of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz, Islamabad has forwarded an agenda for the talks that includes its allegations of Indian “interference” and support for terrorist activities in Pakistan. According to Dawn, this […]
The details of what exactly is the agreement between Naga rebels and the Indian government remain unclear. Meanwhile, rebel groups are giving their own spin to it
Summits usually produce joint statements full of diplomatese and the problem with the argot of diplomacy is that it converts even new and interesting developments into something that sounds routine and dull. The joint statement released on August 17 at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two day visit […]
The Congress leadership never dreamt that Modi would make so many critical mistakes—the land bill for one—within a year of coming to office.
The man who usually speaks so powerfully ended up sounding jaded, and nothing of substance emerged in the end.
The ‘Framework Accord’ with NSCN(I-M) can serve as a new paradigm for security and federalism, reconciling the aspirations of the Kashmiris and Nagas with the larger vision of a strong India
Finance minister Arun Jaitley has charged the opposition, especially the Congress, with deliberately hurting economic growth by blocking the GST bill for “purely political reasons”. Jaitley has further asserted that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is getting blocked largely because of the obduracy of Sonia Gandhi and […]
Many in India are under the illusion that we are in some kind of a geopolitical competition with China. The reality is that we are already hard put to keep China out of our own backyard, let alone compete with Beijing elsewhere.
Like many people I took the PM’s election slogan of ‘Na Khaoonga, na khaane doonga’ at face value… I am hugely disappointed, says the Magsaysay Award winning bureaucrat-turned-whistleblower
We are not even prepared to recognise the gravity of the crime of communal violence and treat it on par with terrorism, let alone adopt legal remedies to deal with it.
When a leader’s deshbhakti alone is deemed to be more than sufficient to overcome strategic structural limitations, there is a danger of India punching above its weight
Sartaj Aziz, foreign policy and security adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made an opening statement at a press conference in Islamabad on July 13, 2015 describing the talks held recently in Ufa, Russia between Sharif and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To help readers decode the statement […]
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
New Delhi: Despite Prime Minster Narendra Modi personally raising the matter with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, India and China still do not see eye-to-eye on the question of UN action against 26/11 accused Zki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. In a wide-ranging, 90-minute conversation with Xi in Ufa, Russia – where the two leaders met […]
‘When it was no longer the hub of trade, but a land in the shadows of the high walls of the powers around it. Central Asia declined and trade withered’
Any new investor in the region must have deep pockets, the confidence to deal with dodgy political, legal and tax regimes and a sense of desperation to access the energy whatever the costs. As of today, only China fits the bill.
Two double deaths in close succession, a flurry of petitions before the apex court and mounting public outrage have made the Madhya Pradesh chief minister—once talked about as a prime ministerial candidate—a political liability
On the eve of the Prime Minister’s visit to Russia and the five Central Asian Republics, The Wire takes a look at how the long cultural and historic ties India has had with the region have been reflected in our popular culture
The last time we saw such an extensive shift in the global situation was probably between 1989 and 1992, when the Narasimha Rao government came to power and India adjusted her policies considerably.
Forming a joint front against emerging extremist and terror threats would figure high on the agenda for the talks
The transformation of the NDA government from a harbinger of purposive leadership into the gang that couldn’t shoot straight is one of the fastest rides downhill in Indian politics.
New Delhi: In a veiled message to the Modi government in the wake of the controversy over Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje, BJP patriarch L K Advani today said there is a need to maintain probity in public life and recalled how he resigned soon after his name cropped […]
The scandal surrounding Lalit Modi and senior BJP leaders has snowballed because Narendra Modi has committed himself to just one course of action, which is not to act at all.
Even if Narendra Modi wanted to impose another Emergency, he says, it will not be easy. The media and the judiciary have learnt their lesson from that time and will not give in so easily.
Creating an event like International Yoga Day was brilliant, institutionalising it would be disastrous
Sushma is guilty, not just because she has opened a special, secret and informal “humanitarian” desk in the foreign office for special people but because she has abused her office and violated the law.
The attack on the Vice President came not from the intemperate fringe of the sangh parivar but from Ram Madhav, a responsible leader who serves as a vital link between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS.
The mass drill mode will make for headlines and photo-ops, but will have little or no lasting value unless there is a sustained programme and the infrastructure to go with it.
If Ajit Pawar’s case gets lost in the maze of the big case against him, the BJP gets to keep its image of fighting corruption intact while at the same time balancing the Shiv Sena off against the NCP
Was the release of the Vasundhara document by Lalit Modi the act of an artless man who believed he was clearing his name by showing the support he enjoys? Or was it a warning shot across the collective bow of the BJP?
The government will probably ride over this scandal, though now it will have to go after Lalit Modi in a big way, if only to show that it is impartial. But the claim of being a scam free administration has been dented.
Every election is important in a democracy but the Bihar assembly elections will not only shape the future power structure of the state but also decide, and possibly alter, the course of the country’s polity
EU-India relations need to be broadened to include a “beyond-trade” agenda – and Modi’s wide-ranging modernisation agenda offers ample opportunities for such new synergies.
The real essence of cronyism flows from how deeply the link between business and politics is embedded in the larger system, and no individual politician has the power to alter this.
India’s former National Security Adviser gives Prime Minister Modi 8/10 for effort, 5/10 for execution but only 2/10 for conception on the diplomatic front.
Lalit Modi’s absence from India suits the cosy, Big Money world of Indian cricket, whose intersection with Big Politics is now an indisputable, and ugly, part of life
In all likelihood, we will hear in the days to come the shrill rhetoric of Turkish nationalism and anti-Kurd pronouncements much more than at any time in the recent past.
While Netanyahu’s tepid approach to the peace process is a problem, regional geopolitics makes this an opportune time for India to deepen its ties with Tel Aviv.