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  • MGR and BJP’s Vetrivel Yatra | Will the lotus bloom in Tamil Nadu? Nov 02, 2020 12:39 PM IST

    MGR and BJP’s Vetrivel Yatra | Will the lotus bloom in Tamil Nadu?

    The BJP has shifted its strategy and moved to soft-Dravidian line in Tamil Nadu. State BJP leaders who used to flay Periyar and his ideology have been sidelined

  • Bihar Elections | How Congress could damage the Mahagathbandhan Oct 15, 2020 08:57 AM IST

    Bihar Elections | How Congress could damage the Mahagathbandhan

    The Congress in Bihar is a lifeless entity with a moribund organisation. The audacity of the Congress to wrest 70 seats in the ‘Mahagadbandhan’ is purely on account of its delusions of grandeur

  • Yogi Adityanath’s Big Gamble | Chase conspiracies or address systemic flaws Oct 09, 2020 10:08 AM IST

    Yogi Adityanath’s Big Gamble | Chase conspiracies or address systemic flaws

    By over focusing on the ‘international conspiracies’, Adityanath invites a larger risk of not just global ridicule but failing to use an opportunity to reform the system from within with correctives — if he wishes to be remembered as an able deliverer of social and economic welfare

  • India of our dreams, and of our nightmares Oct 02, 2020 09:42 AM IST

    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

  • Pranab Mukherjee | The politician, adviser, and friend Lutyens’ Delhi will miss Sep 01, 2020 09:12 AM IST

    Pranab Mukherjee | The politician, adviser, and friend Lutyens’ Delhi will miss

    Pranab Mukherjee, who had studied in a village school, was not only the last of the stalwarts of the Indira Gandhi era, but also a rare politician in a party of public school educated leaders

  • US Elections | Rise of the Indian-American vote bank Aug 28, 2020 12:55 PM IST

    US Elections | Rise of the Indian-American vote bank

    With less than one percent of the US population, Indian-Americans have started punching well above their weight. That heft comes from the realisation that just photo-ops and fund-raising for others was doing little to raise the community’s profile

  • Modi’s Independence Day speech reiterates the Aatmanirbhar Bharat motto Aug 15, 2020 12:03 PM IST

    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

  • India must watch out for the China-Turkey-Pakistan troika Aug 07, 2020 04:09 PM IST

    India must watch out for the China-Turkey-Pakistan troika

    Turkey provides Pakistan the emotional, ideological, and political support, while China is providing both with material and political support. With China's support, the Kashmir issue has thrice been discussed in the UN Security Council since August 5, 2019

  • IPL 2020 | Why BCCI must abandon Chinese sponsorship Aug 04, 2020 01:38 PM IST

    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 Jul 16, 2020 10:18 AM IST

    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

  • Despite Modi-Netanyahu bonhomie, India improves ties with Palestine Jul 11, 2020 11:12 AM IST

    Despite Modi-Netanyahu bonhomie, India improves ties with Palestine

    Under Modi 1.0 and Modi 2.0, there have been many firsts in the India-Palestine bilateral. Delinking its ties with Palestine from the larger Israel-Palestine conflict, India has since been pursuing its ties with both countries on parallel tracks

  • Why the wave against expats in West Asia is a distant threat Jul 10, 2020 01:50 PM IST

    Why the wave against expats in West Asia is a distant threat

    Kuwait’s desire to cut excessive reliance on foreign workers is as old as the hills. Whenever these objectives have come face-to-face with the realities of Kuwait’s job market, which is skewed in favour of expatriates, these proposals have fallen by the wayside

  • By turning the spotlight on Hong Kong, India can put global pressure on China Jul 10, 2020 11:13 AM IST

    By turning the spotlight on Hong Kong, India can put global pressure on China

    India’s Hong Kong move has been noticed the world over, and Indian policy makers should use this moment in global politics to put China on notice

  • Mass return of Indian expats from Kuwait is a storm in a teacup Jul 10, 2020 09:03 AM IST

    Mass return of Indian expats from Kuwait is a storm in a teacup

    Labour market nationalisation drives in West Asian countries started decades ago, but none have achieved set targets — on the contrary, the proportion of expats has increased in this time

  • The Hong Kong crisis reflects China’s hegemonic ambitions Jul 09, 2020 03:44 PM IST

    The Hong Kong crisis reflects China’s hegemonic ambitions

    With deeper economic integration of Hong Kong, China will have the advantage of having two major financial centres: Shanghai and Hong Kong. This gives it an advantage in global financial markets by challenging US supremacy in the financial sphere

  • China’s political adventurism will economically hit Hong Kong Jul 06, 2020 12:32 PM IST

    China’s political adventurism will economically hit Hong Kong

    Does Hong Kong remain a dream destination for global capital, manufacturing, and services? Probably the large-scale protests, layoffs, and Sinification of Hong Kong hold the answer

  • Has Hong Kong’s status as a global city come to an end? Jul 06, 2020 09:43 AM IST

    Has Hong Kong’s status as a global city come to an end?

    With the National Security Law coming into effect in Hong Kong, the special status it enjoys under US law will be affected. Beijing, however, is determined to nip the Hong Kong movement in the bud

  • Emperor Xi reinvents Chinese Checkers: Only CPC wins Jun 30, 2020 12:04 PM IST

    Emperor Xi reinvents Chinese Checkers: Only CPC wins

    For too long, Delhi has been hesitant to impose costs for Beijing’s military adventurism, preferring instead to settle matters diplomatically. In doing so, India has failed to realise that while Xi Jinping’s China is irrational, it is not an entirely unpredictable actor

  • India has an opportunity as EU’s suspicions about China are growing Jun 30, 2020 10:39 AM IST

    India has an opportunity as EU’s suspicions about China are growing

    India must strengthen ties with EU as Europe is shifting its approach towards an assertive China

  • An intransigent China is a clear and present threat to India’s territorial integrity Jun 26, 2020 03:54 PM IST

    An intransigent China is a clear and present threat to India’s territorial integrity

    It is unclear how India will reorient its China policy in the long term. Independent of specific policy components, it must resolve the crisis of credibility that has long plagued India’s strategy towards China

  • Politics | Kerala’s political leaders make a mockery of gender sensitivity Jun 26, 2020 03:27 PM IST

    Politics | Kerala’s political leaders make a mockery of gender sensitivity

    Misogynist statements and sexist comments are disturbingly commonplace in Kerala, especially in politics and popular culture. All these point towards a larger malaise in societal Kerala with its high human development indices

  • Needed: Clearer communication on the Galwan face-off Jun 25, 2020 09:31 AM IST

    Needed: Clearer communication on the Galwan face-off

    The government can do better in conveying its positions and against an adversary that has the well-oiled propaganda apparatus and diplomatic presence and resources across the world.

  • India-China border tension | A peek into China’s forceful brand of diplomacy Jun 24, 2020 09:51 AM IST

    India-China border tension | A peek into China’s forceful brand of diplomacy

    While China brags about a shared dream and prosperity, the spectre of rancour it puts on display threatens self-inflicting damage

  • Trump’s visa ban | It's politics over economics Jun 24, 2020 08:19 AM IST

    Trump’s visa ban | It's politics over economics

    India, in all likelihood, will downplay this move of the Trump administration. It can only hope that the US will eventually take into account the long-term benefits of H-1B visa for its own competitiveness and technological superiority

  • John Bolton unmasks Donald Trump: Can India count on the US President? Jun 22, 2020 02:32 PM IST

    John Bolton unmasks Donald Trump: Can India count on the US President?

    Donald Trump’s get-tough-with-China policy is apparently tied to his re-election, swinging between China’s inclination to buy more US farm products and getting tough with China after the pandemic

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