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African safari: Raising the bar

Monday, 23 Jul 2018 | Manish Chand | in Oped

As Africa realises its promise and intensifies its ongoing resurgence and India finds its voice on the global stage, competition with other players, including China, will be inescapable It’s time for Africa, and Africa’s turn to bask in the global spotlight as the BRICS summit of emerging powers hosts an outreach...

Changing Syria’s demography

Monday, 23 Jul 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Syria is no place to be if you are in the bad books of the regime. With the fall of Deraa, the end of Syria’s civil war is within sight. What will the victorious Ba'ath Party do? With the fall of Deraa, the end of Syria’s civil war is within sight....

Consolidating the Indian narrative

Monday, 23 Jul 2018 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Assuming that good sense will prevail may not suffice. It is for our leaders to indulge in meaningful dialogue to strengthen political unity There are a few national endeavours that are shared, as closely, by billion plus Indian citizens, as elections. The country is almost continually discussing or organising elections in...

The politics of appeasement

Saturday, 21 Jul 2018 | Prafull Goradia | in Oped

Whatever the exact sentence construction by Rahul Gandhi in his purported statement about Muslims and the Congress, the dog-whistle was not in doubt. But he was only being loyal to his party’s legacy which has always put the community first While hosting a number of Muslim intellectuals, Congress president Rahul...

Theatre of the absurd

Saturday, 21 Jul 2018 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

Basking only in the glow of past achievements will do no good for Akhilesh Yadav. To stay politically strong, he must show astuteness Uttar Pradesh politics is embroiled in absurdity and is centered around allegations of who did what. One party says that the ruling party has “hijacked” its development issues...

Innovation through public procurement

Saturday, 21 Jul 2018 | Sanjib Pohit | in Oped

India has a well-designed procurement policy but it lacks flexibility and adaptability in technological processes Annually, Governments around the world spend a large chunk of their national resources in acquiring supplies, services and capital assets. Data suggests that procurement of products and services by Government offices/agencies in the EU amount...

From Russia, with learnings

Friday, 20 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

Sport has often been compared to war, minus the weapons. But there are lessons from the World Cup that are applicable to all facets of life Well, the Football World Cup has come to an end, and what a game it was: Full of excitement, surprises and some great football it...

It’s not (quite) as bad as it seems

Friday, 20 Jul 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

If the US had treated post-Soviet Russia less brutally in the 1990s, there might never have been support in Russia for an aggrieved nationalist like Putin In a particularly bad week for wrecking behaviour, US President Donald Trump trashed the NATO summit, declared the European Union a “foe”, undermined Prime...

Myths and realities around inequality

Friday, 20 Jul 2018 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

Slowly but steadily India is winning the battle against extreme poverty. Theories and data arguing otherwise seem biased Traveling is often fun, thanks to the training one received, as a journalist and a research scholar at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, most often, professional trips turn into an exercise in real-life...

Towards a nuanced relationship

Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

India appears all set to buy the S-400 missile systems from Russia. But to recalibrate its relationship with Moscow, it must allay all Russia’s concerns — including accepting its ties with Pakistan The Russian S-400 Air Defence Missile Defence (ADMS) system has been elevated from a weapon system to symbolise...


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