Nirupama Subramanian

Punjab assembly election results 2017: Falling back on the tried and tested
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

Rahul Gandhi resisted naming him the Chief Minister candidate until days before the vote, and there were efforts until the end to undermine his leadership.

In the release of Kanishka bomber Inderjit Singh Reyat in Canada, justice is both delayed and denied
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

The last of the conspirators, bombmaker Inderjit Singh Reyat, walked free on February 16, with no criminal responsibility fixed for what a Canadian judge called ‘the largest mass murder’ in the country’s history.

Changed face of Jat quota protest: Women turn out to shield their men
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

In the cheering and applauding audience are hundreds of women, heads and faces veiled, sitting on dhurries placed on the uneven ground.

Voting begins: All of Punjab, Goa today
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

Fighting for a third term and versus first-time AAP, Akalis have back to the wall

Lawless on the shore
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

At Marina, an ‘apolitical’ protest and an unresisting government short-circuit due process.

Leaders rally around Sasikala, but her party workers say ‘can never accept that person’
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

"Amma is irreplaceable,” says Selvi, an AIADMK women’s wing worker from Erode, her head covered in a white scarf with the red-white-black AIADMK border as she rests on a grassy patch at the memorial.

Chinnamma: Will Sasikala’s family be AIADMK’s biggest hurdle?
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

For over three decades, Sasikala lived in the shadows of the late Jayalalithaa. As she now looks to step out and gain control over the AIADMK, her family, once loathed by Jayalalithaa and viewed with suspicion by others in the party, could prove the biggest hurdle.

Jayalalithaa gone, table clogged, officers see an opportunity
Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Jayalalithaa had given clearance for the project much ahead as part of her ambitious plan to increase power generation to 3000 MW.

Jayalalithaa funeral: ‘Chinnamma’ Sasikala steps on to the stage, family comes out of the cold
Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Multiple sources in AIADMK said there were indications that Sasikala could be elected the powerful general secretary of the ruling party.

Heart of Asia conference declaration: Regional meet names terror groups in Pak, calls for action
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

PM sets the tone: Silence, inaction will embolden terrorists and their masters

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani snubs Sartaj Aziz, quotes Taliban on safe haven in Pak
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Thanking Pakistan for pledging USD 500 million assistance for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, president Ghani said the money was of no use until there was peace and stability in his country.

Heart of Asia conference names Pakistan terror groups, urges states to act
Sun, Dec 04, 2016

The declaration also demands “an immediate end” to all forms of terrorism, “as well as all support to it, including financing of terrorism”.

Pakistan says ready to talk, won’t raise Kashmir at Afghan forum
Sun, Dec 04, 2016

“Whenever India is ready, we will be ready. Terrorism is a subject under the comprehensive dialogue, when we meet, we can discuss that also,” Sartaj Aziz said.

Trade routes, terror on agenda: Amid India-Pak chill, Heart of Asia meet begins
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

India and Pakistan are among the 14 member countries of the Heart of Asia process, which also includes Turkey, China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia among others.

A Troubled Peace
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

Why conflict resolution between India and Pakistan remains a tough ask.

Not without my memories
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

A diary with pages of the past, a carefully wrapped family photograph, a bicycle that has seen better days. What do people take when conflict pushes them out of their homes?

India faces set of ‘unknown unknowns’ with Donald Trump’s presidency
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

Instead of the easy familiarity that Hillary Clinton would have brought to India-United States ties had she become President, New Delhi is now faced with a set of “unknown unknowns” with a Trump presidency.

Why SC order on probe into Nawaz Sharif’s ‘Panama-gate’ is a body blow to Pak PM and his govt
Fri, Nov 04, 2016

The “Panamagate” scandal in which Sharif is embroiled relates to a slew of off- shore investments held by three of his four children, one of whom, daughter Maryam, is seen as his political heir.

An interlocutor in chains
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

The jailing of Khurram Parvez appears unjust — and against the government’s own self-interest in these troubled times in Kashmir.

Punjab Congress hits campaign mode with loan waiver forms
Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Conceptualised by Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor, the form is being distributed across Punjab.

Lives on the Line: Almost every village on the LoC has a shelling story
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Starting from Chamb in Jammu northwards to the point where it disappears into the snow of the Siachen Glacier, the dotted line on the map is symbolic of the existential hostility between India and Pakistan that has played out for 70 years.

Sleepless on border: ‘A family even took buffaloes… but can anyone take his home?’
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

In Rajaoke, where most families have left the village, leaving one person behind to look after their house and cattle, those who remain are hoping that this routine silence of the night will never be shattered.

Surgical strikes: More than war, villagers worry about crop they have left
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

Day after the Punjab government, acting on the Union Home Ministry’s advice, ordered evacuation of all villages in a 10 km radius of the border, even the prettiest sight takes ominous hues.

Recalling agreements and disagreements: From buses to trains and ceasefire to trade, Indo-Pak pacts that hold
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

The Indus Treaty, MFN status are up for review. But despite often tense relations, India, Pak have built up a portfolio of confidence building measures and pacts that have survived the relationship’s many downs

Understanding the Palestinian roots of intifada, and its context in Kashmir
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Intifada is an Arabic word that means to shake off. It came into popular usage in December 1987 when the Palestinians used it to describe their uprising against the Israeli presence in West Bank and Gaza. In a 1989 essay titled Intifada and Independence, Edward Said, the scholar-intellectual who taught at Columbia University, described the […]

Day after Uri attack, a check on history: In the rear-view mirror, 2008, 2001, 1999
Tue, Sep 20, 2016

As the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi works on an answer to the terror at Uri, a look at how the governments of Manmohan Singh and A B Vajpayee — also faced with surging public anger and difficult choices in similar situations — reacted.

Uri attack: Is JeM-Pak combine provoking Modi government?
Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Uri attack: PM Narendra Modi’s image as a strong leader is at risk if he doesn’t offer an effective response.

Experience, rigour, determination: How Sri Lanka eradicated malaria
Mon, Sep 12, 2016

In 1977, Sri Lanka switched to malathion, considered less harmful to humans than DDT.

In exile, former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed vows to come back soon
Tue, Sep 06, 2016

Mohammed Nasheed said he believed “India is very, very, aware that democratic institutions must be strengthened in all Indian Ocean countries for the stability of the Indian Ocean region”.

Buzz of change in Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed flies secretly to Lanka
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Nasheed was granted asylum by the United Kingdom in April this year after he was allowed to leave Male, where he was under arrest on alleged terrorism charges since March 2015.

In the Belly of the Beast
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

A Sri Lankan navy officer’s account of his time as an LTTE prisoner of war shows that it is possible to rise above hatred and enmity.

Before Balochistan
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

India has supported some human rights causes and ignored others.

Modi’s Balochistan gamble: Bad portents for Indo-Pak relations and worse for Baloch struggle
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Modi has announced the opening of a new chapter on relations with Pakistan. It does not read well, and it has discredited the Baloch struggle.

Islamabad turns out to see Bhagat Singh show
Mon, Aug 15, 2016

The event was advertised only through social media and word of mouth, and it was free.

The Truth About Trump book review: Make America Grate Again
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Michael D’Antonio’s biography is a powerful treatise on how the US got to the point where they are prepared to vote in a person like Donald Trump

Visa power, or journalists through a foreign policy prism
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

China has a history of troubled relations with the foreign media, a trait that India has managed to overcome in this century, despite its instinctual suspicion of foreign journalists.