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Jyoti Malhotra


The writer is Consulting Editor, The Indian Express.

PM’S Trail: From Tipu to Onake Obavva, Modi is pulling no punches in Karnataka campaign crescendo
Mon, May 07, 2018

As the campaign reaches fever pitch, PM Modi will be reminded of his decision to swallow the poison – by sharing the stage with Gali Somasekhara Reddy, accused of widespread corruption in Bellary district.

Pakistan returns Madhya Pradesh boy who strayed across 5 years ago
Fri, May 04, 2018

From Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh, Jetindaera was diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia, a blood disorder, but was attended to by medical doctors in Pakistan’s Hyderabad and Malir jails.

Three countries, a nuclear deal and a ‘clerical error’
Thu, May 03, 2018

How Israel presentation led to US statement on Iran nuclear programme, and why it was rephrased.

In Pakistan jail with blood disorder, Madhya Pradesh youth set to return home
Tue, May 01, 2018

A patient of sickle cell anaemia, a blood disorder that requires regular blood transfusion to stay alive, 21-year-old Jetindaera will be taken from Malir jail in Karachi to Wagah border, Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad told The Indian Express.

From Wuhan to Buddha smiling in Delhi, a full week
Mon, Apr 30, 2018

In his churidaar and Nehru jacket in Wuhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked every inch the successor of the first prime minister. No one else has worn the churidaar with such elan since, especially on foreign soil.

Supreme Court collegium decision final, anything else malafide, says Fali Nariman
Fri, Apr 27, 2018

Fali Nariman indicated that the current impasse over the appointment of a judge may be linked to the government “still smarting” under the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the parliament’s decision to vote in favour of the NJAC which sought to control the appointment of judges.

The PM’s Trail: Modi skips some questions abroad, finally gives some answers at home
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

Within hours of landing in Delhi, the PM got his cabinet to clear the death penalty for child rapists. He was demonstrating that he was capable of dealing with criticism, head-on, and would not allow the Opposition an easy walkover.

Fali Nariman on Opposition move to impeach CJI Dipak Misra: A horribly black day in SC history
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

Nariman pointed out that the charges brought by the Congress-led Opposition were not in line with what the four most senior judges — Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan Lokur —stated in their press conference on January 12.

Banking sector not in good shape, needs to be overhauled: Manmohan Singh
Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Manmohan Singh said that the government must give “firm indication that wrongdoers will not be allowed to get away”.

Manmohan Singh on Kathua, Unnao rape cases: ‘PM Narendra Modi should follow own advice to me, speak more often’
Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Manmohan Singh said that Narendra Modi’s failure to speak up earlier had allowed people to think that they could get away without stern action being taken against them. “I do feel that those in authority must speak up in time (so as) to give a lead to their followers,” he said.

Lump it, wait until CJI Dipak Misra retires: Fali Nariman advice on row in SC
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

On the next Chief Justice, senior jurist Fali Nariman said: “Of course, it will be Justice (Ranjan) Gogoi. I don’t think the government will be so foolish so as not to appoint him.”

Kathua, Unnao cases: PM Modi knows he can’t afford what Delhi gangrape did to UPA II
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

The PM knows the Delhi gangrape in 2012 drove another nail into the coffin of the UPA – he knows he can’t afford to have the same done to him and the party, in this last year before national polls in 2019.

PM Modi gives BJP karyakartas lessons on how to win elections
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

The key message from the PM’s 43-minute phone conversation with BJP workers this week was that the party is not responsible for the Parliament washout in which Rs 169.5 crores are said to have been lost.

If China builds your dams, India won’t buy energy: PM Narendra Modi to tell KP Oli
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

One particular dam project, the $2.5-billion Budhi Gandaki project, on a river by the same name in central-western Nepal, is increasingly becoming the centrepiece of this tug-of-war between Delhi and Beijing.

Soft hands and hard bargaining: What to watch in Modi-Oli meeting
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Nepal PM in India: On Saturday, after their talks in Hyderabad House, KP Sharma Oli and Narendra Modi will push a button to virtually lay the foundation stone of the 900 MW Arun III hydroelectric project that the Sutlej Jal Vikas Nigam will build at a cost of $ 1.5 billion.

Winning the neighbourhood
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

New Delhi seems to have realised its mistakes in dealing with its neighbours. It is willing to sweat behind the scenes to gain ground ceded to China.

The PM’s Trail: Your Yoga Guru, Narendra Modi, coming to a video near you 
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

The prime minister’s meeting this week with 111-year-old Sri Sri Sri Shivakumara Swamiji is certainly in line with the deep devotion the BJP’s top leaders also manifest when closely contested elections, like those in Karnataka, are around the corner.

Why is Lobsang Sangay calling for Dalai Lama to return to Tibet?
Sat, Mar 31, 2018

The remarks by the Tibetan prime minister-in-exile grist to speculation that the distance between the government in New Delhi and the Dalai Lama’s people is growing.

Krishna-Rukmini bind Gujarat with North-East
Wed, Mar 28, 2018

@narendramodi retweets the Madhavpur Mela event in Gujarat, which celebrates the union of Krishna of Gujarat with Rukmini of Arunachal Pradesh, and which earlier this week turned into an occasion to take potshots at China.

Stepping back from Maldives, India tells China
Wed, Mar 28, 2018

“The days when India believed that South Asia was its primary sphere of influence and that it could prevent other powers, such as China, from expanding its own clout are long gone,” a senior government official told The Indian Express.

Why put Lenin in the dustbin of BJP history?
Sun, Mar 11, 2018

To topple the statue of a man popularised the slogan, “Workers of the world, unite,’ seems incongruous. Especially when Mahatma Gandhi described the Russian Revolution as the “greatest event of the present century.”

An expert explains: ‘China’s India anxiety is inseparable from its deep Pakistan ties’
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

The author of a new book on the covert action arm of the ISI, Steve Coll tells The Indian Express about the Chinese role in Afghanistan-Pakistan, and the American strategy in the region.

India reaches out, invites Pakistan Minister for WTO talks in Delhi
Mon, Feb 26, 2018

The invitation to Pervaiz Malik comes in the wake of the late-December secret back-channel negotiations between the two national security advisors, Ajit Doval and Nasser Janjua.

Bhutan, China to hold boundary talks next month
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

The boundary talks were cancelled last year in the wake of the Doklam crisis, when Indian and Chinese troops faced off in the remote Himalayan plateau for 73 days in territory claimed by both Bhutan and China.

A Very Long Engagement
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

A riveting account of one of Pakistan’s most secretive intelligence wings and where it figures in the arc of US-Af-Pak’s cycle of wars post 9/11