By visiting Taiwan, Nancy Pelosi has called China’s bluff
If US-China tensions escalate in Taiwan, New Delhi will be forced to show its hand. Unlike the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, where India’s stand was on expected lines, its views on Chinese aggression will be closely watched
Maharashtra political crisis yet again exposes the weakness in government formation practices
Political parties choose to highlight the rights of the voters and democratic morals in electoral politics and government formation when it suits them — or when they’ve been beaten at their own game
Modi Govt @ 8 | Indian democracy needs a recast to boost economic reforms
While the BJP-led NDA government has used its absolute majority in Parliament to push for economic reforms, it must do the same to further strengthen India’s democratic ethos
With Prashant Kishor gone, Congress is back to square one
Now that the deal has fallen, the Congress has given its opponents and critics a stick to beat it if the party performs poorly in future elections
With Twitter, Elon Musk exponentially increases his influence, and that’s not necessarily comforting
Elon Musk has the backing of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and that’s reassuring. Perhaps fears of Musk going haywire are misplaced…perhaps not
Election Results 2022 | Punjab gives AAP multi-bagger returns, also poses challenges
Infighting in the Congress contributed to the party’s defeat in Punjab, but that should not take away from AAP’s message of change and hope that inspired the electorate
‘Peter Thiel would support Donald Trump if he runs in 2024, but…’
In an interview to Moneycontrol, Max Chafkin, the author of the biography on Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel, talks about Thiel’s ideology, views on China and his effect on US politics
Explained | What is ‘narco jihad’ and why has it caused an uproar in Kerala?
The bishop’s statement has received support from the BJP and Catholic organisations. However, the Congress, the Left parties, and some Christian groups have expressed reservations about it
Key takeaways from the 2021 assembly election results
The BJP and the Congress are on the back foot. The regional parties have yet again shown that they have it in them to stop the BJP juggernaut
Cricket and COVID-19 | Suspending IPL is a hare-brained idea
Calculated risks need to be taken to further open the economy. The Indian Premier League, in that sense, is an example of how big ticket sporting events can be held in the ‘new normal’, for the foreseeable future
The communist government in Kerala has an irrational fear of god
After the Left Democratic Front government’s actions on the entry of women to the Sabarimala temple politically backfired, it is not taking any chances. The Pinarayi Vijayan government’s decision to hold the Thrissur Pooram reflects this reflex
Kerala’s election campaign sets a bad trend
The campaign for the 2021 Kerala assembly election was a wind vane showing how future election campaigns will be fought --- where religion will increasingly be on top of every political party’s agenda
Local Body Elections | Kerala keeps faith in the Left
The BJP has reasons to cheer as it is slowly expanding its footprint in Kerala. The Congress needs to do some serious introspection
Why Rajinikanth’s entry into politics is not exciting news
In the past, Superstar Rajinikanth has never missed an opportunity to procrastinate his entry into politics. So, this time let’s not get excited, and wait till he launches a party and takes the plunge
India of our dreams, and of our nightmares
The burden of societal injustices will weigh on the collective consciousness of the nation and become the dead weight that stifles India’s growth — both as a vibrant democracy and as a roaring economy
Modi’s Independence Day speech reiterates the Aatmanirbhar Bharat motto
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech did not fixate about the challenges India is facing, but, instead, highlighted the opportunities ahead of each Indian
IPL 2020 | Why BCCI must abandon Chinese sponsorship
Popular sentiment is in favour of boycotting Chinese goods, and the government itself has banned Chinese apps and placed greater scrutiny on investments from the middle kingdom. Asking BCCI to reconsider is just a logical step since cricket is more than a game in India
Politics | What the crisis in Congress tells us about Rahul Gandhi and his leadership
Whether it is Rahul Gandhi’s Hamletian indecisiveness or his loneliness as King Lear, it is clear that the Congress needs a decisive and strong leader at its national level to rescue the party from this Kafkaesque nightmare
COVID-19 pandemic | Centre and states must join hands to address problems migrant workers face
When this pandemic has gone, this migrant crisis must be studied to understand the flaws, so that similar mistakes are never repeated, and the State is more sensitive towards problems the unorganised sector faces.
Politics | Delhi violence is a sordid reflection of our collective failure
The ongoing violence in Delhi show that despite our history being scattered with riots at a nauseating frequency, we seem to repeat the same mistakes, again and again.
Politics | Will Congress address the elephant in the room?
Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s anecdote, about Rahul Gandhi’s 2013 ‘tear-the-nonsense-ordinance’ comment, is a reminder of the festering problems the Congress is yet to satisfactorily address.
Delhi Results | Four challenges for AAP in the road ahead
Now that the results are out, Arvind Kejriwal and AAP must unambiguously state their position on the CAA. Riding on a historic mandate, Kejriwal’s decision will crucially influence the future course of the anti-CAA protests.
Delhi Results | Elections in India can be fought and won on the development plank
The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP will have to continue to deliver, the BJP will have to reassess its strategies and the Congress will have to wake up and smell the coffee.
Delhi Elections | Will its polarising pitch help BJP?
The BJP’s campaign messaging seems obsessively focused on Shaheen Bagh, and the unsubstantiated theories that it is orchestrated by the AAP and the Congress.
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