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Possibilities galore as parties brace for 2019

Sunday, 15 Apr 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

With about a year to go before voting, the election campaign for 2019 has well and truly begun. As of today, there are three broadly distinct campaigns underway. As the incumbent with control of the Central Government and a parliamentary majority to defend, the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has...

Once again, stray crimes in Kerala

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

The campaign for the ‘elimination’ of street dogs reflects a desire for mass murder. The need is to implement the ABC programme which has successfully brought down dog populations wherever it has been enacted Yet another campaign for mass slaughter of stray dogs is reportedly under way in Kerala and, this...

Unsporting decision

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Casting Cauvery shadow over IPL is to belittle the very spirit of the game The BCCI has set a grossly wrong precedent and killed the very spirit of sports by shifting the IPL home matches of Chennai Super King (CSK) to Pune following volatile protests in Tamil Nadu over the Centre’s...

A farce of democracy

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Lifetime ban from public life for Nawaz Sharif reinforces the Army’s grip over the country Fearmongers would have you believe that democracy is under threat in India but while India's democracy is far from perfect, one only needs to look across our western borders to realise how the deep state can...

India’s Chabahar approach needs grander strategic revisit

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

Is India facing a new challenge over Chabahar, a port central to New Delhi’s alternative outreach to Central Asia? If the recent statement by Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif welcoming Pakistan and China to become partners for Chabahar port development has any strategic bearing, India needs to rethink about its...

Drones turning favourite future warfare arsenal

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The emergence of drones can be regarded as a paradigm shift in the modern warfare. They have unleashed a new pattern of horror on the already devastating battles, particularly between nations and non-state actors. The continued support of power, status and money have emboldened America — which first started the...

Ambedkar Jayanti: Let’s have White Paper on Dalit issues

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Guru Prakash | in Oped

As we remember the chief architect of our Constitution, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, on his birth anniversary today, we are confronted with questions emerging from the fault lines of our society. What are the aspirations of the Dalit community today? Though the preferential treatment in education and employment...

A formula to save Test cricket

Friday, 13 Apr 2018 | Shakya Mitra | in Oped

Top cricketers are giving their best while representing their country in Test cricket, even at the risk of injury and missing out on substantial IPL money The recently concluded Australia-South Africa Test series was, even if you leave out the hopelessly one-sided fourth Test, not only one of the most controversial...

Unconvincing explanations

Friday, 13 Apr 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The great puzzle about poison gas use in Syria is that it has no plausible military purpose. Victims are always civilians and using poison gas has a big political price The Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the office, home and hotel room of US President Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen,...

India and the new status of Xi Jinping

Friday, 13 Apr 2018 | Garima Maheshwari | in Oped

While the Modi Government has widened India’s foreign policy, a narrow, academic and West-dominated disclosure seems to be restricting the play of the full potential of the India-China partnership This article is a continuation of the previous column, “Welcome, China’s President for life” (April 2) exploring the India-China relationship under...


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