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Ranjit Bhushan

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is an independent journalist and former Nehru Fellow at Jamia Millia University. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has worked with Outlook, The Times of India, The Indian Express, the Press Trust of India, Associated Press, Financial Chronicle, and DNA.

Promise to implement Old Pension Scheme: Most successful arrow in Congress' quiver

POLITICS

Promise to implement Old Pension Scheme: Most successful arrow in Congress' quiver

Himachal Pradesh is under a debt burden of over Rs 70,000 crore and the new government will find it difficult to raise Rs 16,000 crore for paying arrears to its employees. But they will pursue it nonetheless.

BJP rebels hit bullseye in HP, sink in Gujarat

POLITICS

BJP rebels hit bullseye in HP, sink in Gujarat

The time-tested BJP strategy of dropping sitting MLAs and senior leaders while inducting fresh faces has worked wonders in Gujarat where Modi is larger than life, but not so well in faction-riddled Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal votes in Congress; faction-ridden BJP left in the lurch

POLITICS

Himachal votes in Congress; faction-ridden BJP left in the lurch

The deft handling of factionalism in the Congress may have been the biggest factor in the party’s victory.

Gujarat Election Result 2022: AAP becomes a national party

BUSINESS

Gujarat Election Result 2022: AAP becomes a national party

Initial leads indicate that the Aam Aadmi Party is on course to win seven seats in Gujarat with a 12.8 percent vote share

G20 presidency ― an opportunity and a challenge

WORLD

G20 presidency ― an opportunity and a challenge

India will showcase its multi-splendoured cultural heritage to the world’s most developed nations in 2023, but the pitfalls of tense geopolitics can hardly be overlooked.

MC Explains | How Supreme Court and High Court judges are appointed in India

LEGAL-TRENDS

MC Explains | How Supreme Court and High Court judges are appointed in India

The division of powers between the three principal arms of the government has a long, sticky history and seems unlikely to be settled any time soon as the faceoff between the Modi government and the Supreme Court demonstrates.

Who is Asim Munir, the new Pakistan Army chief?

BUSINESS

Who is Asim Munir, the new Pakistan Army chief?

As GoC of PoK before the February 2021 ceasefire, he was responsible for pushing terrorists across the border and is unlikely to change the traditional Pak army stance against India.

With eye on China, India reinforces defence ties with ASEAN

WORLD

With eye on China, India reinforces defence ties with ASEAN

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s Southeast Asia trip was aimed at strengthening defence agreements and finding buyers for Indian BrahMos, Tejas, Prachand and other indigenous military hardware.

Crucial Russian defence supplies to India delayed

INDIA

Crucial Russian defence supplies to India delayed

With no end in sight to the war in Ukraine, Russian supply lines are disrupted; New Delhi is waiting for the advanced S-400 air defence systems; Moscow has postponed delivery of Talwar Class stealth frigates; shortages prompt massive military indigenisation plan

Defence exports touch Rs 8,000 crore in H1 as sector gains from Make in India

BUSINESS

Defence exports touch Rs 8,000 crore in H1 as sector gains from Make in India

India aims to have annual defence exports of Rs 35,000 crore by 2025

CCP Congress: Xi’s posturing hides anti-India sentiment; expect unrelenting focus on use of force, says leading sinologist Kondapalli

WORLD

CCP Congress: Xi’s posturing hides anti-India sentiment; expect unrelenting focus on use of force, says leading sinologist Kondapalli

Stress on military modernisation and $23 billion infra investment in the five-year plan point to an aggressive movement of defence hardware; the fate of 23,000 Indian medical students hangs in balance.

On its 90th anniversary, Indian Air Force displays power, glory

INDIA

On its 90th anniversary, Indian Air Force displays power, glory

The world’s fourth-largest air force moves its annual show from Hindon to Sukhna; lays out Rafales, Sukhois and other prize fighter aircraft for the world and neighbours to see; new combat uniform to be unveiled

Top diplomats weigh in on US supply of F16s to Pakistan

WORLD

Top diplomats weigh in on US supply of F16s to Pakistan

India disappointed by Washington move; some experts believe Pakistan, not India, is the closer US ally; reflect on seven-decade-long Pentagon-ISI relationship.

What a Gorkha pullout means for the Indian military  

INDIA

What a Gorkha pullout means for the Indian military  

Indian Army chief's recent Nepal visit was aimed at smoothing out rough edges; Kathmandu unhappy with Agnipath 

New law, more testing key to curbing doping in sports, says NADA chief

TRENDS

New law, more testing key to curbing doping in sports, says NADA chief

The National Anti-Doping Bill, which Parliament passed last month, will be a gamechanger.

Streaming of high court proceedings widens judicial accountability

INDIA

Streaming of high court proceedings widens judicial accountability

With six high courts streaming recorded proceedings on their YouTube channels and the apex court considering live coverage, hearings are acquiring a new hue.

Bharatiya Janata Party: The world’s biggest electoral machine

POLITICS

Bharatiya Janata Party: The world’s biggest electoral machine

With the opposition in disarray, the saffron party poll behemoth is moving smoothly – never mind general elections are two years away; mobilization of interest groups and booth management efforts are underway in full swing as is the momentum. Is there anything that can stop the BJP juggernaut?

With unfilled faculty positions, central universities descend into ad hocism

BUSINESS

With unfilled faculty positions, central universities descend into ad hocism

The elite Delhi University leads the pack with 900 vacancies. It is followed by roster of (dis)honour: JNU, BHU, AMU, and more. No wonder Indian varsities continue to languish in global rankings

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s new president, has many fires to put out

WORLD

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s new president, has many fires to put out

A crown of thorns awaits the six-time former prime minister, who has a bumpy political and economic road ahead. Despite the change at the top, the emerald isle could see more turmoil.

International interest focussed on Ukraine; not much appetite for Sri Lanka: former Indian envoy

WORLD

International interest focussed on Ukraine; not much appetite for Sri Lanka: former Indian envoy

The political disaster in Sri Lanka is the result of the country’s economic crisis caused by a series of highly questionable decisions taken by successive governments there; a new president on July 20 could help ease the situation, says Ashok Kantha

Honeytraps: Lonely, junior personnel are a clearer mark for spy agencies in the age of social media

INDIA

Honeytraps: Lonely, junior personnel are a clearer mark for spy agencies in the age of social media

Experts say the advent of social media - led mainly by Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram - has facilitated contact with individuals on a scale not evidenced before; counterintelligence needs to focus more on reorienting training courses; lonely men posted at remote locations are principal targets.

How the ED works, the long hours, intense questioning and vanishing witnesses

POLITICS

How the ED works, the long hours, intense questioning and vanishing witnesses

With the cream of the opposition leadership under its scanner, the directorate has practically replaced the CBI as the central government’s principal law enforcer  

Agnipath-like plan for police, bureaucracy needed, says leading reform campaigner

INDIA

Agnipath-like plan for police, bureaucracy needed, says leading reform campaigner

“In the highest echelons of the country’s police services, you have officers who can’t walk and are physically unfit. They should be told to go home,” says Prakash Singh, crusader for police reforms and bureaucratic accountability. He, however, says the Agnipath plan for defence forces needs a review.

Explained | Recruitment, salaries, perks, and pensions in the Indian armed forces

INDIA

Explained | Recruitment, salaries, perks, and pensions in the Indian armed forces

The defence sector, the second-biggest employer in the country after the Indian Railways, has millions of applicants every year. A ballooning pension bill has put a check on hiring, and therein lies the story of Agnipath.