Nirupama Subramanian

‘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.

Amarnath Yatra attack: 16-hour drive to base camp, one voice – they can’t keep us away
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The first in the convoy is a police vehicle, followed by a hired Tata 407 in which a group of CRPF men is sitting close together at the back, weapons over knees, fingers over triggers. One CRPF man is standing behind an LMG positioned over the front.

At base camp, pilgrims say: ‘nothing to fear at all’
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The predominant sentiment is the self-assurance of the believer and unshakeable faith in the government’s security umbrella. The pilgrimage passes through parts of south Kashmir where there is a high presence of militants.

Amarnath Yatra terror attack: At base camp, pilgrims say, nothing to fear at all
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Hours later, at the Amarnath Yatri reception centre, there is little sign of fear, anxiety or uncertainty among pilgrims gathering for the next day’s journey to the cave shrine, where the faithful gather every year to worship a Shivling-shaped ice formation.

Can Sushma bring back Mosul’s Indians?
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

How much more sensible, and sensitive it would have been, back in 2014, to tell the families the limits of the possibilities? By now, they would probably be coming to terms with the inevitable, instead of excitedly Googling up images of the church in which the External Affairs minister told the families, the 39 men may have been seen

A year after Burhan Wani: No policy towards Kashmir is the policy
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The deaths and injuries of civilians in the clashes between protestors and security forces have added more martyrs to the story of the “Kashmiri cause”. Those on the streets shout for `azaadi’, but talk about `shahadat’ in the name of Islam as a goal in itself.

Is India becoming a Hindu Pakistan?
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Mohammed Ayub’s killing in Kashmir has kindled a sense of shame in the community; but the ghastly silence over 15-year-old Junaid Khan’s murder is a national outrage.

Three years on, where are India’s missing men in Mosul?
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may not want to be the harbinger of bad news, but it would be more honest if she and the MEA told the truth about the reality in Mosul

CHD, a dive into the architectural history of City Beautiful
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

CHD is an architectural travel guide, literally a brick-and-mortar history of the city, and it was published by a Spanish architect who made Chandigarh her home five years ago.

At serene Akal Takht, on anniversary of Op Blue Star, Bhindranwale t-shirts & phulkari dupattas
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

'Lo ban gaya Khalistan, for two hours' says SGPC official, crediting the State for allowing a pressure-cooker release of anger and outrage

Global treaties, Major Gogoi and the ‘human shield’: How facts stack up
Fri, May 26, 2017

Maj Gogoi says Dar was instigating a mob that was throwing stones to discourage people from voting, and was attacking election officials.