Jyoti Malhotra


The writer is Consulting Editor, The Indian Express.

Beyond the News: Why, 31 years after Shah Bano law, a similar moment could be near
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

According to the survey, 88% of Muslim women wanted the state to oversee Islamic courts, while 95% hadn’t even heard of the Muslim Personal Law Board.

Nepal elections: As Left wins big, India tries to fix ties
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

While India criticised Oli and began to throw its weight behind a Maoist alliance led by Prachanda and Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, the Nepali Congress has been routed in these elections.

Why is PM Narendra Modi obsessed with Muslims?
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

From besmirching the name of former prime minister Manmohan Singh to accusing the Congress party of a “Mughal mindset” to targeting Pakistan high commissioner to India, the PM seems to be focusing his sights on the Indian Muslim-Pakistan Muslim continuum

A World of Words
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

How the Dhaka Lit Fest brought stories and people from across the world to Bangladesh.

Storm cloud over Dhaka
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

With a year to go for polls, Bangladesh is increasingly becoming securitised and its government authoritarian.

The PM’S Trail: Why is our media so negative? asks PM
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

The PM doesn’t like to discriminate between the media, say his aides, which is why he hasn’t kept a media advisor

Does Nitish really believe that Padmavati shoudn’t dance?
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Tau Devi Lal, if he was alive today, may have had a thing or two to say about the Bihar chief minister

Army, religious extremists return to centre in Pakistan
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

The return of the Pakistani army front and centre to Pakistani politics will, once again severely destabilize the region.

In Fact: With Rex Tillerson comes hope for all-new relationship
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Tillerson’s maiden visit to South Asia — which began at Bagram air base near Kabul on October 23, moved to Islamabad via Baghdad, and ends in New Delhi on October 26.

J&K policy: Modi realises barrel of gun can never successfully mediate a solution in troubled state
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Rajnath Singh’s announcement that former IB director Dineshwar Sharma will be the Centre’s pointperson for a dialogue with all Kashmiris shows that the will of the Kashmiris cannot be broken by the barrel of a gun, but that you have to meet them half-way, as equals, if you seek a face-saving formula for victory.

Trump shows Modi how to take an about-turn on Pakistan
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

India’s leadership doesn’t need an American TV network , @MadamSecretary, to remind it of the old adage that there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics. Still, there would be no harm watching, especially if South Block seems to have lost its way.

BJP invokes Ram statue as Rahul draws crowds in Gujarat
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

As the clock moves inexorably towards the 2019 general elections and the economy shows little inclination to improve itself, the party needs a big enough idea to magnetise the voter. What better than to push the idea of a Ram statue as well as a Ram mandir on the contested ‘janmabhoomi’ ?

The PM’s trail: Pulling out the stops in Gujarat, despite Hardik Patel
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Reducing the GST on ‘khakra,’ Gujarat’s beloved savoury, laying several foundation stones in the state and going home to Vadnagar for the first time since he became PM, are among Modi and the BJP’s several ideas on retaining the state when polls are held in December

UN human rights review: What India ‘accepted’, what it merely ‘noted’
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Between May 1 and May 12, 14 states were reviewed, including India, on May 4. Then Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi led the Indian delegation, which comprised officials from the Ministries of External Affairs, Home, Women & Child Development, Social Justice & Empowerment, Minority Affairs and Rural Development, and the NITI Aayog.

Are BHU’s girl students finally casting off their chains?
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Perhaps, the girl who was molested just got fed up of being told that she was an equal citizen. One poster at the demonstration at Lanka, the name of the area outside BHU’s gates, baldly said “Agar beti ko padhana hai, to ussay bachana hoga.”

India on the mat at Geneva human rights meet 
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Al Hussein has been in the news recently over his frank criticism of India, ranging from Delhi’s threat to deport its Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar where it is facing ethnic cleansing, to the “broader rise of intolerance” towards religious and other minorities as well as “worrying developments” in Kashmir. 

The PM’s Trail: With jibe at World Bank, Son of India inaugurates Sardar Sarovar dam
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

The inauguration of the dam in Gujarat is seen as a political gesture, especially as 85 per cent of the Narmada river’s catchment area lies in Madhya Pradesh.

Abe told Jaitley about AQ Khan connection
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The bullet train project may have been the centerpiece of the Japan prime minister’s visit to Gujarat last week, but the Pakistan angle in the North Korean missile crisis could push Delhi and Tokyo much closer together

Indus Waters Treaty: Second time in two months; India and Pakistan hold talks
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The World Bank-brokered water talks with Pakistan are taking place over Thursday and Friday, in Washington DC. Since the Pathankot and Uri attacks last year, Delhi has discouraged any kind of dialogue unless cross-border terrorism comes to an end.

In Fact: India, Bhutan and China, geopolitics lesson, reaffirming an old friendship
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Perhaps one of the biggest learnings from the 72-day standoff at Doklam is the need for India to reach out more to the people of Bhutan

On the PM’s trail: Decoding the message behind Modi’s Cabinet reshuffle
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Modi isn’t waiting for anyone in the BJP to breach the governance deficit that has been staring India in the face in recent months. He believes that former bureaucrats who have handled the ropes of governance for nearly 40 years of their lives can pull the government out of its present morass.

Hold the line in Kathmandu
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

India must be consistent in backing cause of equality for the Madhes people

Triple talaq: From Shah Bano to Shayara Bano
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Triple talaq verdict: In this heretical and distorted version of the faith which finds no place in the holy Quran, a man who utters the word “talaq’ three times is deemed to have declared his marriage to a Muslim woman null and void.

President Donald Trump moves from ‘AfPak’ to ‘AfPakIndia’
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The six-pillar strategy shifts the perspective from which the US sees Afghanistan. From “AfPak,” an abbreviation that referred to the Afghanistan-Pakistan twinning that characterized Barack Obama’s take on the region, Donald Trump has changed this to “AfPakIndia.”

Gruff warnings and a funny video: reading mixed Doklam signals in the Chinese media
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Doklam standoff: Over the last two months, the Chinese media has vigorously protested the Indian resistance to its attempt to transform the character of the territory in Doklam.

This Republic Day, not one guest but 10 – Asean leaders
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

In whatever manner protocol etiquette plays out, the fact that ten leaders from South-East Asia will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi behind a bullet-proof enclosure on January 26, is enough to make heads turn.

In terror-struck Afghanistan, waiting for Trump to ‘see the light’
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

‘Pakistan wants to have us as a client state... It is too offensive for words, but we know it for what it is,’ says Afghanistan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar

In Pakistan, pure misogyny or pure politics?
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Between assassinations, martial law, creeping coups and judicial dictatorships, Pakistan is almost constantly in a state of ferment…Nothing like an alleged sexual distraction, though, to spice things up a bit and provide some dramatic relief, of course at the expense of the woman in question.

No matter what happens dialogue process should not discontinue or get disrupted: Abdul Basit
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

After Nawaz Sharif recently ordered Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit be superseded to the Foreign Secretary's post, Basit took early retirement from his post. Here are the excerpts from his interview.

NSAs in touch… hope this helps both countries come to table: Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Abdul Basit claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on the charge of spying, had provided Pakistani authorities a lot of information, enabling them to bust what he called several sleeper cells and local operatives.

The taste of sweet revenge for Modi in Bihar
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Soon after Modi’s October 2013 rally in Patna, Nitish Kumar had compared him to Hitler. Today, the Bihar chief minister has to eat his words

What is happening in the Maldives: All you need to know
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

The beautiful sun-kissed islands are in the throes of political turmoil again, with troops surrounding Parliament on the orders of President Abdulla Yameen. Once again, the world is watching the situation develop in South Asia’s tiniest state, with a population of 400,000 people

The PM’s Trail: Narendra Modi consoles #WomenInBlue
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Before the match, the prime minister personally tweeted best wishes to each member of the Eleven that was going to play, picking out the best quality for each of the girls and tagging everyone with a Twitter account.

In fact- Indian Ocean churning: Why today’s Maldives no-trust vote is crucial
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The smallest country in South Asia has a population of barely 400,000 people. But its atolls and islands straddle the strategic navigation and communication sea lanes over 800 km north to south in the Indian Ocean, making it a crucial for countries with global ambitions.

Maldives must be mindful of India’s security in Indian Ocean: former president Mohamed Nasheed
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

In exile for the last two years, after he was defeated in a controversial run-off election by Yameen, Nasheed said in an interview to The Indian Express, “What is in Maldives’ interest very much depends on what is in India’s interest.”

The PM’s Trail: In Israel, Modi comes bearing gifts in copper and gold
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Prime Minister Modi gifted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu replicas of two sets of copper plates, said to have been inscribed in the 9-10th century, which demonstrate the history of Cochin Jews in India.