The writer is Consulting Editor, The Indian Express.
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.
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’ ?
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
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.
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.”
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
India must be consistent in backing cause of equality for the Madhes people
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.
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.”
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.
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.
‘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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Tonight in Israel, the Twitter retweet button has become a weapon of mass enthusiasm
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.
“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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
New Delhi should not hector those nearby if it intends to bring about balance with Beijing
Tamilian author Perumal Murugan has now come out with his new book in Tamil "Kozhaiyin Padalgal" ("Songs of a Coward"). It speaks of the period when the writer was fighting a battle, both internally as well as with the external forces.