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Kanishka Singh writes opinions and analyses for indianexpress.com. His prime areas of interest include politics, national security and diplomatic affairs. Follow him on Twitter
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Indian Navy sailor sacked after sex change: Here is how other countries tackle gender reassignment
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

While the fundamental rights guarantee equality for all despite sex, the forces are empowered to recruit on the basis of gender and change to gender changes the conditions of recruitment. However, there are countries that allow personnel to go through gender reassignment and continue service.

Far Right enters Germany Parliament in worst election showing by Angela Merkel’s CDU, SPD since 1949
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Xenophobic nationalism has made a grand entry into the German national legislature in what has been one of the most monumental elections in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Conservative Angela Merkel won her fourth term as Germany’s Chancellor but her victory came as a bitter-sweet one due to a tectonic shift in Deutsche politik.

Here is how various refugee communities have fared in India
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

India doesn’t have any law dealing with refugees. An utterly humanitarian matter like the ‘refugees’ has come to be influenced by considerations of national security or relations between countries.

Commemorative coins: How Indian currency has served as a publicity tool
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

India issued its first commemorative coin series back in 1964 in the honour of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It was the same year of Nehru’s passing away. Over the last 53 years, commemorative coins have been issued for various reasons--some as uncirculated collectors items and others for mass circulation.

What is pink whale challenge?
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The administrators of the verified Facebook page Baleia Rosa (Pink Whale in portuguese) describe the project’s aim. “In order to prove that the internet can be used to viralize the good, the Pink Whale was born. We are not a self help group! We just believe that we are all capable of promoting love and good!” the page reads.

Post-1947, the mixed fortunes of the mixed race Anglo-Indians
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

When the British finally packed their bags to leave India for good, White says her family was also struck with insecurity. However, they didn’t leave the country due to a sense of endearment they had developed with their birthplace.

As Aadhaar deadline nears, queues at centres start as early as 4 am
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Since Aadhaar was made mandatory for a lot of services, including for filing income tax returns, the centres have started squeaking under the pressure of increased footfalls. At some centres, the waiting list is a minimum of 30 days.

Solar DEMU trains start rolling: This is how much Indian Railways will save
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The Indian Railways spends a huge amount of money on diesel to power its trains each year which, apart from the monetary impact, also takes an environmental toll. To address the issue, the Railways is looking seriously at solar and flagged off a solar DEMU rake recently.

Aadhaar and right to privacy: Why India has to set tone as the largest digital democracy
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

In the digital age, with more and more users coming online by the day, it is set to have a huge impact on the digital user and their confidence to stay online.

What are Mayawati’s options now?
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Mayawati's term as MP from Rajya Sabha comes to an end in April 2018. The BSP chief cannot be reappointed to the Upper House on her own as her party suffered humiliating defeat in the recently held Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.

Air India stops serving meat to economy class passengers on short-haul flights
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

National carrier Air India will only serve vegetarian meals to passengers in flights lasting upto 90 minutes, according to a report in The Hindu. The airline's move seems to be aimed at cutting costs and avoiding mixups of meals.

Anand Mahindra says he is not brave enough to buy Air India, here is why
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Air India's reign over the skies ended years ago. Once the premier Indian airline, the hugely indebted carrier now survives on a government-paid bailout package that manages to drag it forward but costs immensely to the exchequer.

PM Modi in US: Statement on surgical strike underlines resolve to keep issues bilateral
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement assumes importance mainly for two reasons -- the timing and past suggestions by US President Donald Trump’s administration that they would be open to ‘mediate’ or in simple words be party to in a bilateral issue.

Where all is Aadhaar mandatory?
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Over the last few months, Aadhaar has become one of the most important documents to have and though it was initially argued that the mandatory provisions were for welfare schemes, it has been extended to more essential services.

Shastri or Upadhyay? Congress and BJP-RSS spar over rechristening of Mughalsarai town, its railway junction
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

The BJP government is keen to rename the town as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar and the railway junction as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Railway Station after the RSS ideologue. The opposing Congress faction, meanwhile, wants that the town should take its name from former prime minister and Congress leader Lal Bahadur Shastri.

British PM Theresa May shows hardline stance against terror to calm the edgy electorate
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

As UK goes to votes, May faces an uphill task of convincing the voters that she is capable enough of tackling terrorism. So, May’s statements a couple of days before the elections are probably suggestive of something similar.

DGCA files complaint against 34 pilots over obscene text messages
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Tuesday filed a complaint against 34 pilots for making obscene remarks against a senior official on social media. They were employed in different airlines, though, like Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir.

Nitish Kumar’s attendance at PM Modi’s lunch in honour of Mauritius prime minister, explained
Sat, May 27, 2017

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar skipped Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s luncheon invite to attend another high-profile lunch on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Nitish attended the lunch for another reason he holds close to himself.

India gets new howitzers: Here is how the artillery lineup looks now
Thu, May 18, 2017

The complete induction of the 145 guns is expected to be completed by June 2021.

Donald Trump vs James Comey saga bears resemblance to Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal
Wed, May 17, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s move to sack FBI director James Comey has drawn comparisons to the former president Richard Nixon’s Watergate saga.

Air India chief says debts insurmountable: Here is the debt he spoke about
Mon, May 15, 2017

Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said: “The mountain of debt that we acquired appears insurmountable and is at the root of all the problems that manifest as symptoms to all and sundry.”

OBOR issue: India’s balancing continues
Sun, May 14, 2017

The balancing act of handling the Chinese threat along with economic development goals is a leitmotif in the Indo-Chinese geopolitical landscape.

Six months of demonetisation: What is the situation on ground
Tue, May 09, 2017

We checked out 14 ATMs of 13 different banks to get a comprehensive look at the situation.

The unhappy aadmi: How Kumar Vishwas episode exposes AAP’s internal faultlines
Thu, May 04, 2017

Let’s take a look at what has happened to each of the spearheads in the party since its resounding and unanticipated performance in the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections.

E Palaniswami, O Panneerselvam merger talks hit last-minute hurdles, may collapse
Tue, May 02, 2017

Talks between O Panneerselvam faction and the ruling AIADMK camp are on the verge of collapse. The former chief minister recently said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and TTV Dinakaran are comrades in arms.

RTI activists may come under increased threat with new rules
Mon, May 01, 2017

According to the new rules, if an RTI applicant dies before the government sends the reply, the application will be closed and the information sought will not be provided.

How Turkish coup led to Recep Tayyip Erdogan tightening his grip over Turkey
Mon, May 01, 2017

A recap of the events that lead to a change in the power centres in Turkey.

China unveils new aircraft carrier: How does it compare against the competition?
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

The dragon is moving with pace in the race to upgrade and upscale its naval force. Here’s a look at the new Chinese carrier and how it stacks up against the most formidable carriers of some of the strongest navies in the world.

Delhi MCD election results 2017: Congress undone by infighting, defections, BJP’s juggernaut
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Congress faced a humiliating defeat after which its Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken stepped down from his position taking moral responsibility.

MCD election results 2017: Kejriwal’s AAP finds the ground swept from beneath its feet
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

MCD results 2017: It was for the first time that the AAP was fighting the MCD polls and it seems to have got its strategy all wrong.

Sadly, PM Modi and NITI Aayog’s vision 2031-32 seems to overlook the environmental cost
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Of course, we all need to help realise the Prime Minister’s vision for a vibrant India by 2031-32, but the improvement in lifestyle cannot be at the cost of the environment we live in.

Merits and demerits of simultaneous elections and change in fiscal proposals by PM Modi
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

PM Modi proposed shifting of the financial year period from the present April-March to January-December. Another major proposal was of holding elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies simultaneously.

O Panneerselvam returns, to serve his revenge cold
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

It seemed the end of his political career when he was expelled from the AIADMK in February, but former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, it seems, is close to completing nothing short of a coup on his nemesis VK Sasikala.

Babri Masjid demolition case: After long pause, wheels of justice start moving again
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

A generation has passed since the demolition. Advani and Joshi are at the twilight of their political careers. It’s high time the case saw a closure.

AIADMK merger on the cards, Sasikala, Dinakaran stare at exit from party
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

The Sasikala faction has been reeling after some of its leaders came under the Income-Tax scanner and were also facing allegations of bribery in the run up to the RK Nagar bypoll.

Sonu Nigam has raised a valid issue, but with a noisy set of tweets
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Sonu Nigam's choice of words could have been better while highlighting what is a rampant problem