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The writer is Consulting Editor, The Indian Express.

Modi, Trump discuss Maldives; China says in touch with India, don’t want new flashpoint
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

Emergency in Maldives: India indicating that it was closely watching the situation in the Indian Ocean and hoped that all regional powers play a constructive role.

Dhaka in turmoil as former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia jailed for 5 years, Delhi is wary
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

The sentencing of Zia was met by stony silence in Delhi which believes that despite the possibility of even greater expansion of power by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, she remains the best bet to rule Bangladesh.

With Khaleda in jail, Hasina becomes even stronger
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Khaleda’s imprisonment is likely to inflame the infamous rivalry with her longtime opponent and prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

Mohamed Nasheed’s call for India’s intervention very irresponsible… Emergency a necessity: Dunya Maumoon
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Maldives crisis: The Indian government has already issued two statements criticising the political chaos in the Maldives and especially “disturbed” by the imposition of Emergency.

Maldives back on boil after apex court frees Mohamed Nasheed, Opp leaders
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

Maldives Democratic Party’s international spokesperson Abdul Ghafoor told The Indian Express on Friday night over telephone from Colombo, “Yameen is dragging his feet... it has been 24 hours, but there has been no move to implement the order yet.”

Yashwant Sinha to launch ‘national forum’ across party lines
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

With 16 months or so left for general elections, the Manch hopes to raise the level of discussion of important national issues and provide a counterpoint to those offered by the government.

Beyond The News: How India-Israel ‘marriage made in heaven’ is shaped by geopolitics
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

As Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits India, just months after PM Modi’s July 2017 visit to Israel, ties have never seemed warmer. But clear pragmatic factors are balancing the passion.

Modi opens up FDI before he meets Trump at Davos, but has the show already moved to China?
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Watch out for the Modi-Trump embraces on the frozen ski slopes of Davos

In likely new military base in Pakistan, China’s Great Game move
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

The question now is whether New Delhi should put all its eggs into the US basket to combat China and Pakistan.

Trump threatens to cut Pak aid, but Pak also has an ace or two up its sleeve
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

The US aid cut threat, however, is not new. Nor has Pakistan failed to threaten the US in return, as it did when it blockaded all movement of US and NATO trucks for seven months from November 2011-July 2012, after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in an US raid.

Quality of mercy in Pakistan stained, as Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘meets’ family
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

To see, but not to touch, to hear, but through a telephone line. To allow Jadhav’s mother and wife the semblance of hope, but to know as they emerged from that room that all hope was really dashed.

Man of the moment in Gujarat, Narendra Modi shows he can win without a wave too
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Gujarat election results 2017: Despite a spirited campaign run by Rahul Gandhi and Hardik Patel, PM Narendra Modi has consolidated his power and position in the BJP

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.”