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Here’s why the BJP dumped the PDP, and it has nothing to do with terror

Here’s why the BJP dumped the PDP, and it has nothing to do with terror

With the situation in Kashmir - and the state as a whole - having deteriorated, the BJP can now claim that it could not handle things properly due to the non-cooperation of its ally.

By: Liz Mathew Once again, despite having the odds stacked against it, the BJP made a political move to beat its three-year coalition partner. The PDP, whose leadership has been flooded with demands and pleas to break ties with the BJP, is left on the defensive. Interestingly,  there were strong rumours that the PDP would […]

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Shujaat Bukhari, a warrior for peace

Shujaat Bukhari, a warrior for peace

By: Radha Kumar  The tragic and shocking assassination of Shujaat Bukhari came as yet another reminder of how conflict brutalises. Shujaat joins a line of martyrs who were assaulted because they sought a negotiated end to violence — Abdul Ghani Lone who called for an end to cross border militancy and Fazal Haq Qureshi who […]

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Avoid ideology

Avoid ideology

Narendra Modi devised an inclusive strategy in 2014. He reached out to the Dalit voters. He downplayed anti-Muslim sentiments. He modernised the BJP by remaking its image as a tech-savvy party with social media and holograms. This captured the youth vote.

By: Meghnad Desai At the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington looked at his army and said, “I don’t know what effect these men will have upon the enemy but by God they frighten me.” This should be very much what Narendra Modi should be saying. His threat does not come from the motley […]

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The changing nature of violence

The changing nature of violence

The police must develop ‘smart tactics’ to deal with popular unrest and threats of the new era

By: M.K. Narayanan Events in Thoothukudi on May 22 and 23 have helped turn the spotlight on the changing nature of violence, and the inadequacy of existing rules and procedures to deal with new-era protests. This should be instructive, for new-era protests are redefining the internal security landscape. At present no one, the courts of […]

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End the Alienation!

End the Alienation!

Let this Eid be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity for the all.

By: Syed Maajid Rashid Andrabi  While we are on the brink of losing our young generations to the violence and bloodshed, it is very much imperative to look at the genesis of the Kashmir conflict and the role, it is playing in shaping the outlook of the populace of the valley. The alienation that has […]

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An improbable friendship

An improbable friendship

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have stunned the world. They may yet surprise us by pulling off a détente

By: Rakesh Sood “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t,” wrote Mark Twain. Nothing proves it better than the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday. No reality TV show could have scripted an […]

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An Asia of cooperation

An Asia of cooperation

By: M Saeed Khalid It was four years ago that Narendra Modi rose to power on the bandwagon of Hindutva and populist slogans like ‘development for all’. While the BJP government under Modi has failed to deliver on the lofty promises of economic betterment, they have succeeded in dividing the world’s second most populous nation […]

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Russian games in Syria

Russian games in Syria

As the civil war winds down, the once overlapping interests of Moscow and Tehran are disentangling

By: Stanly Johny As the new Cold War gets hotter, Russia now faces a big dilemma in West Asia of defending its allies. When President Vladimir Putin decided to send Russian troops to Syria in September 2015, the regime there of President Bashar al-Assad was on the brink of collapse. The Islamic State (IS) had […]

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Raja Mandala: When guns fall silent

Raja Mandala: When guns fall silent

Ceasefires in Kashmir, Kabul may reinforce peace sentiment in the Subcontinent, open up space for politics and diplomacy.

C.Raja Mohan This year’s Ramzan is raising hopes for peace, if only temporary, in the Subcontinent’s two intractable conflicts in Kashmir and Afghanistan. Unexpected cessation of military operations, initiated unilaterally by Delhi and Kabul, may have opened space for some political and diplomatic activity in both the conflicts. Pessimists would scoff at the possibilities. But […]

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Why no one is worried about MPC’s rate hike

Why no one is worried about MPC’s rate hike

The RBI’s inflation-targeting framework has reduced its flexibility to respond dynamically to other market-driven factors

By:  Aarati Krishnan Not so long ago, bi-monthly policy meetings of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) entailed nail-biting suspense for market participants, who watched it for cues to the future direction of interest rates. Rate hike decisions by the MPC, that too after a long pause, inevitably roiled […]

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