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Deepak Sinha

Unending politics of portraits

Friday, 11 May 2018 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

Whatever be MA Jinnah's connection with Aligarh Muslim University, penniless refugees who came to India post-Partition deserve better than to once again be faced with religious zealots who are keen on putting Jinnah on a pedestal that he is most undeserving of MA Jinnah’s recent appearance, albeit in a portrait ‘discovered’...

Diplomacy on bended knee

Friday, 04 May 2018 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

Has Modi, by kowtowing to the Chinese, miscalculated? There’s no squeak about China’s intended road work near the Doklam site, which could be a strategic thorn Remember that erroneous but popular quote “Houston, we have a problem”? It was the innocuous start to the nail-biting drama of retrieving the crew of...

Consequences of disempowering the military

Monday, 29 Jan 2018 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

Governments past and present are guilty of neglecting the military. How our armed forces perform in the event of Doklam 2.0 will impact the next General Election When this Government came to power in 2014 on the back of Prime Minister Modi's spectacular showing, there were great hopes within the military...

Move the wheels of justice

Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

It’s a disgrace that while our courts and babus are busy waging war amongst themselves, neither justice nor governance is within the grasp of the common man It is ironical that quite a few of our political worthies find time to intercede in matters of which they are either wholly ignorant...

Mumbai stampede: Searching for scapegoats

Monday, 09 Oct 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

While the railways deserve much of the blame for their apathetic manner of functioning, it appears that they have also been made convenient scapegoats for all our ills since we cannot blame fate alone for all our troubles. We need to inculcate self-discipline and civic responsibility if we want to...

Sweeping the Armed Forces away

Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

The Prime Minister must be complimented for his ‘Swachh Bharat' programme. But surely, there can be nothing more thoughtless than an attempt to use the military as one vast force of safai karamcharis. To take advantage of a disciplined force is foolish and inherently dangerous We are unfortunate to belong to...

The need for military overhaul

Friday, 08 Sep 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

If Prime Minister Modi is interested in more than optics to deal with challenges the PLA can or may pose, then the new Defence Minister has her work cut out. Incremental changes will mean little If optics were the only thing that mattered, India would undoubtedly be the leading super power...

Supine leadership and its consequences

Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

It is high time that politicians stopped convincing themselves that regardless of what they do, the Armed Forces will continue to do their bidding and perform to their fullest. While in politics, the consequences of loss tends to be temporary, the same cannot be said of in war We were recently...

Nothing upright about Adarsh

Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

One can but hope that the Adarsh building is demolished, as that would symbolise the success of good over evil. This is essential so that the construction becomes the centre-piece of military ethos The Adarsh Housing Society scam was recently in the news once again after the Ministry of Defence instituted...

Making sense of OBOR response

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

Analysts may be right to suggest that India cornered itself by not attending the OBOR meet. But it national identity considerations are important. Sometimes, one has to suffer to uphold prestige There is more than a little irony to the fact that it has taken just about a 100 days for...


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