Jyoti Malhotra


The writer is Consulting Editor, The Indian Express.

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After Nawaz Sharif recently ordered Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit be superseded to the Foreign Secretary's post, Basit took early retirement from his post.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

The PM’s trail: A flower for Modi, called ‘Modi,’ in Israel
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Tonight in Israel, the Twitter retweet button has become a weapon of mass enthusiasm

Today’s Congress is not even a legitimate Congress party: Socialist leader K C Tyagi
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

If Meira Kumar’s name had come up before Kovind or Gopal Gandhi’s name had been decided, then JD(U) would have agreed with the rest of the joint Opposition on that name.

JD (u) face-off with Congress over presidential poll: Upset with Cong’s character assassination of Nitish Kumar, says K C Tyagi
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

“Yes, we are very upset at the behaviour of the Congress. The character assassination of our leader, Nitish Kumar, has also happened,” JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi told The Indian Express.

The PM’s Trail: Is this my country, the country of Bapu?
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s angry remarks at Sabarmati about those killing innocents in the name of the cow doesn’t seem to be shared by the CMs of states where the killings are taking place.

The importance of being Ivanka Trump, now PM’s invitee to India
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

It was during this US visit that Trump agreed on both counts — that the summit should go ahead in India and that Ivanka Trump would lead the US delegation. With the PM pushing Ivanka to be her father’s goodwill ambassador to India, the bilateral relationship just got another big push.

The PM’s Trail: Modi’s triumphal US visit has many sub-texts
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

The symbolism of Prime Minister Modi embracing Donald Trump is matched by the substantive direction of the India-US relationship, on terrorism, Pakistan as well as the economy.

Kabul-Delhi air cargo corridor new round of Great Game
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

The landmark Ariana flight, carrying 60 tonnes of asafoetida or heeng, was flagged off by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani from Kabul airport on June 19, and received in Delhi three hours later by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The PM’s trail: Why is Modi not breaking his silence over Junaid Khan
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Even as he focuses on his all-important meeting with the US President, all the PM’s men have not had one word to say in condolence on the lynching of a 15-year-old boy

PM hopes Kovind’s Dalit status will help deliver UP in 2019
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

By picking the Bihar governor as BJP’s presidential candidate, Modi is signalling to Nitish Kumar that if he wants he can easily return home

Reassure neighbours
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

New Delhi should not hector those nearby if it intends to bring about balance with Beijing

Why China’s growing footprint in Nepal is a concern for India
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

As the Kathmandu elite, then led by UML prime minister K P Oli, cosied up to the Chinese during the blockade, India watched uncomfortably.

Narendra Modi wants to know: Are you more optimistic today?
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

There’s not a word on PM Narendra Modi's Twitter feed on the farmers unrest or on his forthcoming visit to the US. Wonder why?

PM Modi wants to marginalise Pakistan, or does he?
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

By saluting ISRO scientists for the launch of GSLV, the PM is acknowledging the secret space cooperation between India and Russia 24 years ago

Kabul attack: India will never be cowed down, says Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Kabul attack: The attack on the Indian ambassador's residence comes less than a week after a truck blew up at the entrance to the Green Zone – inside which the Indian embassy as well as India House is located.

Modi and Macron will always have Paris
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

As he condemns the London terror attacks, PM Modi reminds the world of its double standards on cross-border terrorism against India.

In a corner of St Petersburg, Modi, Megyn and Putin display the nature of power
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

As Modi returns from St. Petersburg and prepares to go to Washington DC later in June to meet Donald Trump, he might think about that 30-second interaction between him, Putin and Megyn.

In St Petersburg, Modi and Putin show how strategic partnerships are forged
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to St. Petersburg to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin to mark 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the former Soviet Union and India.

ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav decoded: It’s actually a win each for India and Pakistan at The Hague
Thu, May 18, 2017

Sushma Swaraj tweeted her gratitude to India’s counsel at the Hague, who had argued that there was significant concern that Pakistan’s military court would have executed Jadhav in the dead of night.

Why India seeks friendships with both Palestine, Israel: Strong, but not hyphenated
Thu, May 18, 2017

The brand new state had been carved out of Palestine, and India was a friend of its fellow underdog.

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India-Pak treaty clause gives no access to ‘spies’
Tue, May 16, 2017

"According to clause 6 of that agreement... in cases where detentions and arrests relate to political or security matters, the request of consular access will be decided on merits of the case," said senior counsel Sidharth Luthra

To be in step with China’s ambition, South Asian nations walk tightrope
Fri, May 12, 2017

The diplomatic close shave in Sri Lanka is emblematic of South Asia’s dilemma when it comes to pursuing closer ties with China.

Narendra Modi’s top 11 Buddha quotes has Him smiling
Wed, May 10, 2017

Each of the 11 quotes is accompanied by a different photo of the PM praying or lighting a candle or offering flowers or standing next to Buddhist priests in front of a variety of iconostasis bathed in brilliant orange.

Why has India refused to play Pakistan last couple of years: PCB asks BCCI
Tue, May 09, 2017

The PCB feels India has no genuine reason to avoid bilateral series against Pakistan at a neutral venue.

As Emmanuel Macron wins, it is time Paris shows Delhi the way
Mon, May 08, 2017

Macron argued that Le Pen represented the “party of hatred” which wanted a “civil war” in France. She responded by saying that he was part of the bourgeois elite and didn’t understand how ordinary people lived.

Rethink in New Delhi: Dalai Lama, Karmapa to be in the public gaze
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Tibetan spiritual leader to attend international meet in Rajgir-Nalanda in March, Karmapa will travel to Sikkim.