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Kathua: Party lines blur in communal haze over rape, murder of seven-year-old in J&K
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

In Kathua, the arrests of a minor and two special police officers, Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Verma, for the crime have sharpened the communal divide

Kathua: Month on, rape & murder split a village down the middle
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

The girl’s body was found on January 17, seven days after she went missing. She had been allegedly raped and strangled, said police.

How results of local elections have triggered political crisis in Colombo
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

A shock sweep by a party backed by former President Mahinda Rajapakse has raised the spectre of the Sri Lankan government collapsing. Here is why India is watching the situation with concern.

Where they are, what’s in them: Why Army camps in Jammu are vulnerable
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

It is easy to see inside several military camps, and the holes in the perimeter walls of many are plugged with iron-sheet jugaad.

Asma Jahangir, Pakistan rights icon and feisty fighter at the barricades, dies
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

Asma fought Zia’s military dictatorship, her lawyer’s office in Lahore becoming a shelter of sorts for those persecuted by the regime. She was also at the forefront of the battle, against the anti-women Hudood laws that Zia introduced.

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.

Maldives crisis: India looks at sanctions, not boots on ground
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

Maldives crisis: Reacting to the deepening crisis, India said it was “disturbed” by the “state of emergency” imposed by President Abdulla Yameen. However, official sources told The Indian Express that while the government is mapping out its next steps, sending Indian troops to the island nation is not an option.

A Few Crude Men
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Michael Wolff's fly-on-the-wall account depicts the White House in the hands of a bunch of B-grade stock characters. The implications for diplomacy can’t be all that funny, though

Two nations and a black hole
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

For both Pakistan and India, Kulbhushan Jadhav has become a pawn in a high-stakes game

Actually, BJP suits Pakistan better than Congress
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

For every India-hating Pakistani, the BJP victory in 2014, the elevation of Gujarat chief minister as Prime Minister, and the aggressive brand of Hindutva that has been unleashed across the country is a self-fulfilling prophecy come true.

‘I am a nobody, kaun sa atom bomb tha for him (Modi) to level charge?’
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Modi’s remarks on Rafiq came days after reports on social media of a purported Facebook post by Rafiq that “our leader and mentor Ahmed Patel must be made Gujarat Chief Minister”.

Hurriyat leader breaks ranks to talk, speak up
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The Hurriyat leader said in supporting dialogue, “I probably represent the beat of each one of us in the south Asian region. I don’t want to die tomorrow in an atomic holocaust, I don’t want to burn alive with my kith and kin and the entire region. Who wants it?"

Who won the battle of Islamabad?
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Pakistan’s government lost the latest round against radical protestors. But the country’s army has won

Over the moon with Chhillar, Haryana is rock-bottom on gender, literacy
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Trust Haryana to show with stunning clarity that Miss World and Mother India do not inhabit the same universe.

India-Pakistan smog doesn’t recognise boundaries
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Amarinder Singh's silence to the tweet sent to him by the Pakistan Punjab government is not surprising. Our leaderships make pious statements about co-operating to resolve the “real issues” but in reality, we are more comfortable wearing the armour of old hostilities.

Kashmir talks: Dineshwar Sharma’s appointment may take some pressure off CM Mehbooba Mufti, open up political space
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

The announcement was welcomed by Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Twitter as a “positive step”, as well as by former chief minister Omar Abdullah of the National Conference, who said it was “a defeat of those who could only see use of force as a solution”.

Braid-chopper and grease devil: Social trauma in times of fear and alienation
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Current fear, vigilantism in Kashmir has remarkable similarity with events in North Sri Lanka after the war.

Vinod Khanna forgotten, sex and sleaze rules in Gurdaspur bypoll
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

This election could have discussed the six months of the Congress government in Punjab as well as the decelerating economy around demonetization and the GST, but Gurdaspur never really got a chance

2017 Nobel Prizes and the Indian connection: Fly labs, a hand in LIGO; Laureates backed CryoEM
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

VijayRaghavan, who is on deputation from the NCBS, told The Indian Express, “There are several world class researchers who use the fly in labs all over the country and India is recognised as a major centre for this.”

Revolution is a Poem: Why a Punjabi poet killed by Khalistanis is ruffling feathers in contemporary India?
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Avtar Singh Sandhu, the poet better known as Pash was assassinated in 1988 because he spoke up against Khalistani militants. Sab Ton Khattarnak one of his most powerful poems is an integral part of “resistance” politics.

On India-Pakistan ‘line of fire’, local military factors often provide spark
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

According to the study, “local military factors” at the LoC/IB are the most frequent cause of ceasefire violations.

On Rohingya refugees’ return, Home Ministry says one thing but MEA said another
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

India took a strong position in favour of non-refoulement as recently as July this year, at an international meet in Geneva convened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Chittagong’s former Chakma raja who left Bangladesh to live in Pakistan
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Roy had abdicated his title as Raja of the Chakma circle in the Chittagong Hill Tracts after the 1971 Bangladesh war, and left the new country for Pakistan, which he made his home for the rest of his years.

Why no country wants Rohingya, why it’s so difficult to deport them
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

India had condemned “terrorist attacks in... Rakhine, wherein several members of the Myanmar security forces lost their lives”; Myanmar, in turn, condemned the Amarnath yatra attack, and “various acts of terror perpetrated by terrorists from across the borders”.

Round and Round the Prickly Pear
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

With insight and humour, this book looks at the endless loop of strife and peace between neighbours

Who killed Benazir Bhutto?
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

The judgement has raised more questions than it answered. But such an ending was foretold, considering the shabby investigation from the start and the politics and conspiracy theories that hobbled it.

Amid Rohingya problem, all eyes on PM Modi’s Myanmar stopover
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

There are 16,500 Rohingya spread across several cities in India. Rohingya are all Muslims, and their presence has started melding into the country’s communal fault-line. Unsurprisingly, the BJP in Jammu was the first to raise demands that they be sent back.

Citizens’ team finds Kashmir waiting for talks, PM Modi’s I-Day words
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Some gains by police, but officials admit more needed on ground, including good administration.

When it was clear Panchkula would burn, and Nero fiddled
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

What was obvious to 24-year-old reporters, and every other resident of Panchkula, was clearly not so for the officials. Or they had deliberately shut their eyes. Otherwise what can explain this excuse when the Punjab & Haryana High Court asked them the same question. “Clerical error”, was the response to their lordships. It simple took the breath away

A dropbox clearing 1 lakh visas annually
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

In 2008-09, Pakistan was reeling under a wave of suicide bombings, and security was tightened in Islamabad’s Ramna 5, better known as Diplomatic Enclave, a gated cluster of foreign missions located opposite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Gen V P Malik calls for full review of ties with China, ‘diplomatically, economically, militarily’
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

“We have reached the stage where there is a requirement to seriously review our policies toward China, not just diplomatically, economically, militarily also,” Malik, who was the Army chief from 1997 to 2000, told The Indian Express in an interview.

140-character exceptions
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Sushma Swaraj receives kudos for her medical visa diplomacy via Twitter. But personalised, ad hoc policy victimises the most vulnerable

Nawaz Sharif vacuum: What it means in Pakistan and for talks with India
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

With Sharif, has gone India’s best shot at normalizing relations with Pakistan.

Geopolitics, home stress in Colombo’s new Hambantota deal
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

On Tuesday, the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe finalised an agreement to sell an 80% stake of the Hambantota Port's operations for $1.1 billion to China Merchant Ports Holding Company Ltd, which also has the contract for the Colombo Port.

Unswachh puddles on holy Amarnath Yatra
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

On the highway ahead of Sonmarg, the men all ran to the wall beyond the shoulder. In my envy, I called out to them from my car: “Modi ji dekh rahen hain”. They turned around grinning. “Selfie leh lo,” I shouted back in anger.

INTERVIEW: Gopalkrishna Gandhi ‘President, V-P position doesn’t belong to party politics… no whip applies’
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The Opposition’s Vice-Presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi speaks to The Indian Express about the significance of his nomination and how he plans to canvass for the election.