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February 14, 2016
How does the Army make Mission Impossible into Mission Possible?
'Perhaps the finest example is from the current avalanche itself.' Look, what China's navy is up to!
'China's moves are of direct significance to India, which will closely monitor Chinese naval activity in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean not least because of Chinese maps depicting claims over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.'
February 13, 2016
Indian protests won't change America's Pakistan policy
'India's real concern is that cash-strapped Pakistan is keeping its military hardware well oiled on American money,' says Rajeev Sharma. Meet the next Benazir
Last year, Maryam Nawaz accompanied her father to Washington, but played a role beyond being the dutiful daughter. She was 'discovered' by the White House, and was hosted by Michelle Obama. Watch out for China's new, improved, army
Will China's new military reforms endanger Xi Jinping's rule? Can you call Ishrat's a fake encounter?
'The Ishrat encounter was neither genuine, nor fake. I believe it was a 'controlled killing,' says Shekhar Gupta. Willl the Supreme Court finally come out on Section 377?
'All judges are conscious of the historical legacy they leave behind. Chief Justice Thakur understands the important question of Constitutional law involved and the change in public mood,' lawyer Anand Grover tells Sunil Sethi.
February 12, 2016
Why India suffers from the Panipat Syndrome
'We rarely choose to fight when the threat is still a nascent threat. When we do fight, we fight when the invaders reach Panipat and are preparing to knock on the gates of Delhi.' What we should learn from Headley's testimony
'Headley's testimony indicates to what extent the Pakistan government and its proxies can go to destroy not only Indian scientific talent but also international expertise.'
February 11, 2016
India must not ignore China in order to improve Indo-US ties
In bilateral interfaces relations with China have also to be given due weight, opines Premvir Das
February 10, 2016
Mistrust of India is embedded in the Pak army's DNA
'There were assurances that Jaish-e-Mohammad was being reined in as was the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, but Pakistan's security forces could not risk opening too many dangerous new fronts,' notes former foreign secretary Ambassador Shyam Saran, who has just returned from a visit to Lahore. Beware! ISI may try to attack our scientists again
'Pakistan may have moved back from this devilish plot in 2007, but there is no guarantee it won't be on the drawing boards again,' warns Rajeev Sharma.
February 09, 2016
The BJP's losing battle against beef
The BJP sees investments, both foreign and domestic, as their pathways to political power and not the construction of the Ram temple or a nationwide ban on beef. Check out what India is buying for its defence services!
'The range of purchases throw a light on India's threat perception as also its perceived role of being a stabilising influence in the region,' says Brigadier S K Chatterji (retd).
February 08, 2016
How the government steals tribal land
'Which one of us would give up our flats for development?' What Headley's deposition means for India
'His deposition shows that the dividing line between Pakistan's State and non-State actors had completely blurred in Mumbai's 26/11 terror strikes.' 'Islamism, a Phoenix waiting to arise from the ashes'
'Small bands of terrorists believe they can destabilise superpowers if they are ready to become martyrs.' Transfers of civil servants reflect Modi's priorities
The ministries and departments, where bureaucrats are parked after being moved out of key positions, reflect the priorities of the government. India has lost 900 soldiers at Siachen
'Their failure to take Siachen is an embarrassment to the Pakistan army -- and let them live with it. Our army's shoulders are broad enough to endure the challenge.'
February 05, 2016
He couldn't give a damn for what the world thinks!
Pyongyang wants the world to recognise its nuclear capability, says Srikanth Kondapalli. So who gets to remember old wounds?
'Muslims and Dalits must erase the way they remember their past, or carry out their their performances in private,' says Jyoti Punwani, as Maharashtra's Censor Board denies permission to a play Jai Bhim, Jai Bharat. Was there a strategy behind Modi's silence on Dravida parties in Coimbatore?
Modi's non-reference could also imply that the BJP may be keeping its alliance options open vis-à-vis the AIADMK. It could also imply that the BJP's national leadership had not given up on the DMK returning to power in the state post-poll, and the Centre having to do business with a new government in Fort St George, says N Sathiya Moorthy.
February 03, 2016
Former AERB boss wants India to pause its nuclear plans
'Decisions on nuclear power have so far been taken by a small select group, primarily interested in profiteering from their actions, stating 'secrecy' as necessary from the national security point.'
February 02, 2016
2016 will be a good year for Amit Shah and the BJP
'In the medium term, the advantage is still with the BJP.' Pranab's praise for Sanjay Gandhi 'a blot on his record'
'It is palpably prejudiced and totally at variance with public and historical opinion.' Why should Delhi pay the price for garbage politics?
Stinking politics will only sink the party which practices it, feels Vikas Khanna
February 01, 2016
Who is afraid of 'hyphenated' US policies?
''There is the perennial worry in the Indian mind regarding the US 'hyphenating' India and Pakistan. Frankly, this is a completely nonsensical hypothesis. The US has always 'hyphenated' India and Pakistan and it couldn't have been otherwise,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. Why Hamid Ansari is visiting tiny Brunei
As India strives to make its Act East Policy a comprehensive politico-diplomatic and economic success, Brunei gains more salience, says Dr Rahul Mishra. Beating up an ambassador: This is how Communists are
'Why would the Communists do this? I have three possible answers: One, they are specifically opposed to the Global Education Meet that the ambassador organised. Two, they are beginning to realise their days are numbered in Kerala. Three, the standard modus operandi of leftists is anarchism because they are not constrained by any codes of ethics. Roughly, the bad, the good, and the ugly,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
January 31, 2016
Why Modi needs to focus on the Maldives
'If all goes well, Modi will visit the Maldives later this year. But two Indian concerns remain unaddressed: President Yameen's intentions about Mohammad Nasheed and China,' says Rajeev Sharma.
January 30, 2016
Why the battle against Section 377 must continue!
'No country has moved from bigotry to equality fast, and India, with its leisurely, elephant-like pace for the most non-controversial of things, will only take longer.' Arunachal Pradesh: Hindi, Hindu, Tribalistan
'The Congress, all these decades, worked on a slow Hindi-isation and Indianisation of Arunachal tribes. The RSS wants rapid Hinduisation,' says Shekhar Gupta.
January 29, 2016
'Gandhi became the first non-Muslim to lead a jihad'
Incisive Editor, brilliant scholar on Islam, and now BJP leader, M J Akbar is at his intellectual best when he dissects the Muslim world and its problems, and offers up a solution from his unique perspective, as he did in this recent speech at the 10th R N Kao Memorial Lecture in New Delhi.
January 28, 2016
How we should honour Rohith Vemula's memory
'Reflex responses to Dalit student Rohith Vemula's suicide are band aids that stem the current hemorrhage but do precious little to the festering wound beneath,' says Vivek Gumaste. JLF matters
Outside Diggi Palace's walls, things may be getting darker. Speech may be under threat; writers may be getting murdered for their writing. But, inside, it is possible to feel hope that ideas, nevertheless, may have their own power, says Mihir S Sharma.
January 27, 2016
Five key factors that will affect BJP in Assam polls
Mudslinging and verbal attacks will definitely surge once the poll dates are announced, but as with any state, there are some crucial issues which will play a significant role in influencing voters in Assam too, says Devanik Saha. Indian Muslims: Trapped between the devil and the deep sea
'If chutzpah nationalists brought the Babri Masjid down, chutzpah secularists did precious little to stop it from being torn down.' Why Dalits have no presence in white collar jobs
'The corporate world and the private sector economy take notice of the monstrous and apartheid like division that exists in our offices. The jobs we so casually take for granted in the upper class have come to us on the back of denial to others,' says Aakar Patel. Arunachal: Big stakes for Prez, Modi, Congress
'If the Congress allows Arunachal Pradesh to slip out of its control, then it sends negative signals to its leaders and allies across the country,' says Rajeev Sharma.
January 25, 2016
How to keep the Republic secure
'Even if the national security framework is to be threat-based, then the division of security threats between Pakistan and China is absurd. The two threats are one.' Is Mehbooba delaying government formation to reset the BJP-PDP equation?
Mehbooba wants a congenial political atmosphere and everybody's support before taking the reins of power; hence the delay in government formation. Aditi Phadnis opines. Indian Mujahideen cadres now 'ISIS' sympathisers
'There is a very serious terror threat to India in the run-up to Republic Day on January 26 and Beating the Retreat on January 29,' says Rajeev Sharma.
January 22, 2016
Mrinalini Sarabhai transformed Gujarat's cultural life
Ahmedabad's cultural scene would not have gone beyond the garba, but for Mrinalini Sarabhai's pioneering efforts. We are Brahmins, OBCs, Dalits, Muslims, but are we Indians?
Rohith Vemula's suicide exposes all of us as a nation, argues Syed Firdaus Ashraf. The loneliness of an activist
The loneliness of Rohith Vemula is an indicator that in spite of belonging to a group of activists, such sensitive youngsters have to bear their cross alone.
January 21, 2016
Why are French troops marching down Rajpath?
'Parading French troops alongside Indian military personnel, says Rajeev Sharma, turns India's non-alignment policy on its head!' What will India serve Hollande on R-Day?
While the Rafale deal seems to be the main order of business during French President Francois Hollande's visit, other aspects could help sweeten the deal, says Claude Arpi.
January 20, 2016
Why the battle for Sanskrit needs to be joined
'It is a great misfortune that the Nehruvian Stalinists of India have colluded with the grand project of demeaning and destroying Sanskrit. Today, the number of Sanskritists in India is low, and falling,' says Rajeev Srinivasan. Taiwan's first lady Prez faces the Chinese Challenge
How will China deal with Taiwan's first woman president?
January 19, 2016
RIP Aroon Tikekar: The thinker's editor
Mahesh Vijapurkar pays tribute to Aroon Tikekar, journalist, historian, author and an important intellectual voice of Mumbai, who passed into the ages on Tuesday. Malda decoded: What really happened?
India's Muslims need to assert their educational and economic upliftment and political empowerment rather than be provoked by communal remarks, says Mohammad Sajjad, reflecting on the Malda riot. Nobody killed Rohith Vemula
We need to question ourselves if we are to be implicated as well in the institutional murder of Rohith and many other Rohiths, if not bodily but in spirit, because of our complicity in naturalising this elitist, exclusionary, discriminatory-to-the-core conception of education, says Kishalaya Mukhopadhyay. Modi and Doval need a Pakistan gameplan
India should adopt a pro-active strategy on Pakistan -- catalysing, facilitating and making room for a change in its anti-India posture. China's strategic push in the Middle East
Why is Xi Jinping visiting Saudi Arabia, Egypt and China this week?
January 16, 2016
Pakistan SIT in Pathankot: A game of chess
'In this Spy versus Soldier game,' says Rajeev Sharma, 'the two sides will size up each other like never before.' Modi is not ready to give up on Pakistan
'Unlike Dr Manmohan Singh, who quailed and turned away because the darkness was too frightening, Modi has taken a leap to the other side. He deserves applause for this fearlessness,' says Aditi Phadnis. India must do more to back Balochistan struggle
The magnitude of atrocities inflicted by the Pakistani establishment on the Baloch people is unimaginable, says Dr Abhay Jere. General Jake: One of the greatest Indians I've known
'His Promised Land was India.'
January 15, 2016
Why Western sanctions against Pyongyang may backfire
Sanctions against North Korea following its H-bomb test could have serious repercussions and may prove disastrous for all the players involved, says Debalina Ghoshal. Ajit Doval to meet Pak NSA in a third country soon
'The Indian strategy is to rope in the powerful Pakistan army in the negotiating spectrum. This can be done at the level of General Janjua, a former army commander,' reveals Rajeev Sharma.
January 14, 2016
'Jacko, your reward will be in heaven'
Tarun Vijay, MP, salutes the General whom he adored as a great friend.
January 13, 2016
Rediff said it last Saturday: Pak to arrest Masood Azhar
'If this were to happen, it won't exactly be a game changer because Pakistan is known for treating arrested terrorists as 'political prisoners', who are generally given VIP treatment,' says Rajeev Sharma. 'Swing voter' mood will guide alliance decisions in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu has around 30 per cent or more of 'swing voters', and it is this segment that will swing the pre-poll alliance decision, says N Sathiya Moorthy. How India must deal with Pakistan's terror attacks
'If India employed a strategy of a 'thousand cuts', Pakistan will wither away.'
January 12, 2016
The Malda riots and a defence of the 'sickular' media
The Malda riots occurred on January 3, a day after the Pathankot terror attack. Common sense must dictate that an attack on the nation deserves more coverage than a local riot, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Not talking to Pakistan will not stop terrorism
'In our media and general population the idea of 'strong posture' was successfully sold by Modi. This is now a liability for him, as he has discovered,' says Aakar Patel.
January 11, 2016
Why the IAF needs a specialist intelligence branch
The Indian Army and more recently the Indian Navy have already set up dedicated intelligence branches. It is surprising indeed that the IAF, where real time and timely intelligence is most vital for effective and safe prosecution of the air war, has still not done so itself, says Group Capt (retd) P I Muralidharan.
January 10, 2016
Doval heads to Paris to fine-tune response to terror attacks
The NSA will meet with officials of the French external intelligence agency to forge a very close counter-terrorism relationship with India, reveals Rajeev Sharma.
January 09, 2016
Is it Modi's job to get Indians to be clean?
'This is social reform, which has to be conducted from within society and by its institutions, like religious bodies, not by public officials and ministers. That is why I think the big change Modi seeks is actually not in his power to bring about,' says Aakar Patel. China wants to show off its military power
'The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.' Former RA&W official Jayadeva Ranade explains what China's military reforms mean for the world. Doval brings a compulsive operational mind to his job
'He is still compulsively an operations man. Just a whiff of a live operation, and he is back in the field, at least in his mind. That is why the immediate decision to send the NSG to Pathankot.' Pakistan may arrest Masood Azhar
'If this were to happen, it won't exactly be a game changer because Pakistan is known for treating arrested terrorists as 'political prisoners', who are generally given VIP treatment,' says Rajeev Sharma.
January 08, 2016
Mufti Sayeed: From the grassroots to statesman
Mufti's political graph shows his fondness for courting unpopular, politically hazardous ventures in pursuit of his ultimate objective to vindicate his leadership. Towards the end of his life, Mufti's public profile had come to assume the dimensions of statesmanship. One reason being his willingness to learn from his experience, says Mohammad Sayeed Malik. Hours before attack IAF moved MiGs, choppers out of Pathankot
As many as 29 explosions were recorded after the last terrorist was neutralised, giving an impression of continuing pitched battles!
January 07, 2016
The Pathankot Siege and its Lessons
'Jihadi outfits backed by the ISI are now prepared to attack targets not just in J&K, but also in Punjab. This signals an escalation in the range and scope of cross-border terrorism, which cannot be ignored,' says Ambassador G Parthasarthy, former high commissioner to Pakistan.
January 06, 2016
How to defend an air base from terrorists
'The sky is the limit for what all could be done at an air base to neutralise terrorists. Good proactive local leadership and delegated operational effort would be key to ensuring that a handful of terrorists cannot hold a whole air base, and by extension, the whole nation to ransom,' says Group Captain P I Muralidharan (retd).
January 05, 2016
Doval's actions saved critical air assets in Pathankot
'Ajit Doval has done a splendid job in handling the Pathankot attack and certainly helped save heavy destruction of critical air force assets,' says Abhay Jere. Security forces didn't want more casualties
'The Pathankot episode shows that the security forces handled the attack well after the initial setback, although there is no denying that there are shortcomings in India's security grid that need urgent correction,' says national security expert Nitin Gokhale, founder, BharatShakti.in Why the Pathankot op has gone on for so long
'Inept handling by the National Security Advisor transformed what should have been a short counter-terrorist operation in Pathankot into an apparent debacle.'
January 04, 2016
The 3-fold moral of the story in engaging with Pak
All Indian prime ministers must know that the route to their Nobel Peace Prize doesn't go through Pakistan, says Rajeev Sharma. Our inward looking policy has cost us dearly
What India has failed to acknowledge is that sub-conventional war is the name of the game and irregular forces have emerged with greater strategic value over conventional and even nuclear forces, and reliance purely on conventional force and diplomacy is grossly inadequate, says Lt Gen Prakash Katoch (retired). How do we face future terror onslaughts?
'It sounds hollow when the military -- the last bastion meant to secure India within the State of India -- is itself not found secure on the third day of the Pathankot strike, in spite of so-called definitive intelligence inputs and preparations,' says Lieutenant General Anil Chait (retd), former chief of the Integrated Defence Staff. Akhilesh Yadav: A CM fighting to emerge from his father's shadow
With the state going to polls soon, Akhilesh Yadav needs to step out of his father's shadow and come into his own as the state's CM. How India can prevent another act of terror
'India has already suffered in the raid of January 2, and taken punishment. If comparable or higher retribution does not visit Pakistan, there is no reason why it should not undertake such a misadventure again,' says Lieutenant General Ashok Joshi (retd).
January 03, 2016
Pathankot attack: 'Someone' is unhappy with Modi-Nawaz talks
'Pakistan's military leaders have to accept that the policy of proxy wars has damaged Pakistan more than it has damaged the enemy,' says former R&AW chief Vikram Sood. India-Pak talks: The time for realism is now!
'India needs to deeply introspect on the costs of pursuing peace with Pakistan,' says Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain (retd).
January 02, 2016
India must be ready to attack in the event of a terror strike
'That the terrorists could still kill three security personnel, including men of the Defence Service Corps, indicates highly trained men are being sent across the border,' says national security expert Nitin A Gokhale, founder, BharatShakti.in Pathankot: India's response has to be measured
'ISI-backed jihadi groups like the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayiba are now prepared to cross the International Border and attack targets in Punjab at will,' says Ambassador G Parthasarathy, India's former high commissioner to Pakistan. Preventing another Pathankot: A soldier's solution
'Attempts at long-term rapprochement have been rather feeble from both sides. The primary cause of the lack of progress is that these efforts do not appear to have the support of the Pakistan army,' says Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (retd). The two New Year wishes for India
Great improvements in education and healthcare are the need of the hour.
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