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FULL TEXT: President's address to nation on I Day eve

FULL TEXT: President's address to nation on I Day eve

Rediff.com14 Aug 2021

President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of India's 75th Independence Day. Here's the text of what he said:

Feel like coming home, says Rahul in Kashmir

Feel like coming home, says Rahul in Kashmir

Rediff.com10 Aug 2021

"I can tell you that I understand you, my family must have drank water from the river Jhelum. Kashmiriyat, the culture and thought process must be in me too. When I come here, I feel like I am coming home," he said, while referring to his family ties to Kashmir and added that he had come with a message of love and respect.

How the Soviet Union Helped India Win the 1971 War

How the Soviet Union Helped India Win the 1971 War

Rediff.com9 Aug 2021

It is a timely reminder that when faced with twin threats, India has succeeded by wisely choosing allies, points out Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

China, Pak agree to launch 'joint actions' in Afghanistan

China, Pak agree to launch 'joint actions' in Afghanistan

Rediff.com26 Jul 2021

The decision was taken during a meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the southwestern the Chinese city of Chengdu on Saturday.

Why did Xi meet PLA generals?

Why did Xi meet PLA generals?

Rediff.com26 Jul 2021

Important for India was Xi's meeting with representatives of PLA officers and soldiers stationed in Tibet. The video of the encounter was interesting to watch, especially the large number of lieutenant generals and major generals, observes Claude Arpi.

Xi makes first visit to Tibetan town bordering Arunachal Pradesh

Xi makes first visit to Tibetan town bordering Arunachal Pradesh

Rediff.com23 Jul 2021

Xi arrived at the Nyingchi Mainling Airport on Wednesday and was warmly welcomed by local people and officials of various ethnic groups, Xinhua news agency reported.

Taliban-run Afghanistan: Does India have a role?

Taliban-run Afghanistan: Does India have a role?

Rediff.com12 Jul 2021

New Delhi should resist any temptation to act as spoiler and instead should cooperate with its SCO partners in reaching a regional consensus behind the formation of an interim government in Kabul, argues Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

'Army is highly prepared in Ladakh'

'Army is highly prepared in Ladakh'

Rediff.com17 Jun 2021

'The PLA has continued to do exercises and drills and recently carried out air exercises with fighter jets.'

Mr Xi, what have you gained in Ladakh?

Mr Xi, what have you gained in Ladakh?

Rediff.com15 Jun 2021

'Why did your generals try to grab a few square kilometres of Indian territory in Ladakh?' 'And what happened to the hard work that you and Prime Minister Modi put into the Wuhan and Mamallapuram meets?' Claude Arpi writes a letter to Xi Jinping, China's self-styled supreme leader, who turns 68 today, June 15.

China's 'Sputnik Moment'

China's 'Sputnik Moment'

Rediff.com22 May 2021

'Seen in the context of world turmoil in face of the pandemic and the Chinese 'miracle' of being the only country in the world to control it, this is not merely a 'Sputnik' moment, but a 'Sputnik Plus' moment,' argues Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

Why is China more and more nervous?

Why is China more and more nervous?

Rediff.com14 Apr 2021

The Tibetan nation still lives under the yoke of the Chinese Communist Party, and Beijing today has a guilty conscience; this creates a great uneasiness for Xi Jinping and his colleagues observes Claude Arpi.

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: Brothers in Blood

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: Brothers in Blood

Rediff.com27 Mar 2021

At a time when China is trying to make its foray into South Asia, India should use its shared history to strengthen its ties in the region, says Dr Rup Narayan Das.

India, Bangladesh can revive Bay of Bengal dynamism

India, Bangladesh can revive Bay of Bengal dynamism

Rediff.com26 Mar 2021

The South Asian nations could script a new history of cooperation and prosperity that could serve as an example for other nations, notes Dr Rahul Mishra.

Govt to implement all clauses of Bodo accord in 30 months: Shah

Govt to implement all clauses of Bodo accord in 30 months: Shah

Rediff.com22 Mar 2021

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said all clauses of the Bodo Accord signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Government last year will be implemented within two-and-a-half years.

Modi's visit to Dhaka to be very memorable: Jaishankar

Modi's visit to Dhaka to be very memorable: Jaishankar

Rediff.com4 Mar 2021

Jaishankar arrived on a day-long visit to prepare the ground for Prime Minister Modi's visit to Bangladesh later this month to participate in the celebrations of 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's Independence and 50 years of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relations.

China admits 4 soldiers were killed in Galwan clash

China admits 4 soldiers were killed in Galwan clash

Rediff.com20 Feb 2021

Four Chinese soldiers were killed in the fierce clash with the Indian Army in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June last year, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) acknowledged for the first time on Friday.

Time for Aung San Suu Kyi to step aside?

Time for Aung San Suu Kyi to step aside?

Rediff.com10 Feb 2021

Some believe she should no longer be the face of the struggle to free Myanmar from the new military dictatorship, observes Prakash Bhandari.

Badminton Asia Mixed Team C'ship cancelled

Badminton Asia Mixed Team C'ship cancelled

Rediff.com3 Feb 2021

The 2020 international calendar concluded with the three tournaments in the Asia leg which was conducted in Bangkok in successive weeks.

FULL TEXT: President's address to Parliament

FULL TEXT: President's address to Parliament

Rediff.com29 Jan 2021

Here's the full text of President Ram Nath Kovind's customary address to the joining sitting of Parliament on the first day of the budget session.

US Plays the Tibet Card

US Plays the Tibet Card

Rediff.com4 Jan 2021

China is acutely conscious of the need for the next Dalai Lama to be under its control. It was for this reason that China recently stressed their claim on Arunachal Pradesh. There were rumours that the next Dalai Lama may be found in Tawang. If that happens, India-China relations will become tense and there may be demands for the child to be handed over to the Chinese, points out Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

The A to Z of 2020

The A to Z of 2020

Rediff.com31 Dec 2020

We present our alphabet of 2020, pulling in everything you'll remember about this year we'd rather forget.

2020's BEST Non-Hindi Films

2020's BEST Non-Hindi Films

Rediff.com30 Dec 2020

Aseem Chhabra lists the best non-Hindi language films he watched in 2020, with the hope that they will have a wider reach in the new year.

Some countries exporting terror amid Covid: India at UN

Some countries exporting terror amid Covid: India at UN

Rediff.com18 Nov 2020

India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador T S Tirumurti, said on Tuesday that India condemns all forms of anti-semitism and all forms of discrimination on religious grounds anywhere in the world.

Why is the army chief visiting Nepal?

Why is the army chief visiting Nepal?

Rediff.com4 Nov 2020

Though General Naravane's visit will not deal with 'impermanent' issues like the changing stands of politicians, it will certainly reinforce the deeper 'permanent' links between the people of Nepal and India. Time will hopefully tackle the present impermanence of the Sino-Nepalese romance, notes Claude Arpi.

7 Pakistani LIES about the 1965 War

7 Pakistani LIES about the 1965 War

Rediff.com23 Oct 2020

Why did Pakistan sign a cease-fire without acquiring Kashmir, which was the sole purpose of the 1965 War, asks Ahmad Faruqui.

Punjab assembly unanimously passes bills against farm laws

Punjab assembly unanimously passes bills against farm laws

Rediff.com20 Oct 2020

The provisions exempt farmers from attachment of land up to 2.5 acres and provide for prevention of hoarding and black marketing of agricultural produce.

BJP in Bihar hitting out at LJP due to Nitish: Chirag Paswan

BJP in Bihar hitting out at LJP due to Nitish: Chirag Paswan

Rediff.com18 Oct 2020

Paswan also said that BJP leaders were free to throw barbs at the LJP, as part of their "coalition dharma", but he would always hold Prime Minister Narendra Modi in high regard.

Did Modi ignore Xi's betrayal in Ladakh?

Did Modi ignore Xi's betrayal in Ladakh?

Rediff.com16 Oct 2020

Did Xi deliver a message to Modi at Mamallapuram, which though couched in a velvet glove was time-bound? What was that message? It is clear Indian/Israeli/US spy satellites would not have missed detecting Chinese troop movements towards the Ladakh-Tibet frontier. Then why did some important functionaries in the Government of India choose to only ask the Russians about this in April 2020? Was Russian reassurance of Chinese troop movements being part of a routine exercise the reason that the Leh-based XIV Corps did not mobilise itself for its annual summer exercises near the LAC? A fascinating excerpt from Iqbal Chand Malhotra's new book Red Fear: The China Threat.

PM Modi's donations from savings, auctions exceed Rs 103 cr

PM Modi's donations from savings, auctions exceed Rs 103 cr

Rediff.com3 Sep 2020

The latest among his donations was the initial corpus of Rs 2.25 lakh to the PM CARES Fund.

Time for Pakistan to accept reality on Kashmir

Time for Pakistan to accept reality on Kashmir

Rediff.com11 Aug 2020

'The sooner Pakistan and India face these geopolitical realities, the better it will be for their own security and prosperity,' observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

Mr PM: Allow our military to prove its worth!

Mr PM: Allow our military to prove its worth!

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

'All the government needs to do is to identify clear political and strategic objectives and to give the military planners a free hand,' asserts Ajai Shukla.

Xi's 'strong' obsession reason for China's behaviour: Experts

Xi's 'strong' obsession reason for China's behaviour: Experts

Rediff.com23 Jul 2020

Experts said the tensions have added to a sense of apprehension in the United States, Europe and parts of Asia that China will engage in more aggressive behaviour in pursuit of its territorial interests, which in turn has raised the possibility of a serious and coordinated pushback by leading global players.

Ladakh Stand-off: Be prepared to meet fire with fire

Ladakh Stand-off: Be prepared to meet fire with fire

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

'India in 2020 is a lot better prepared than in 1962.' 'It is no longer a pushover; and anything other than a crushing Chinese military victory will be a major loss of face for China,' observes Rajeev Srinivasan in the first of a three part column.

Doval-Wang talks: 'A double whammy for India'

Doval-Wang talks: 'A double whammy for India'

Rediff.com7 Jul 2020

'The Chinese staying put in Pangong Tso, and creating a buffer zone on Indian territory in other areas,' a senior serving general tells Ajai Shukla.

China removes tents, pulls back troops from Galwan

China removes tents, pulls back troops from Galwan

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

The sources said there was clear sign of withdrawal of structures and troops from the patrolling point 14 in Galwan Valley and that they are likely to move back more than a kilometre in the area.

Era of expansionism is over: Modi during Ladakh visit

Era of expansionism is over: Modi during Ladakh visit

Rediff.com3 Jul 2020

Lauding the bravery displayed by the soldiers, the prime minister said: "The bravery that you and your compatriots showed, a message has gone to the world about India's strength."

China reaches out to India; says meet us halfway

China reaches out to India; says meet us halfway

Rediff.com25 Jun 2020

Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong said India and China are able to properly manage their differences, and called upon New Delhi to avoid taking actions that may 'complicate' the situation in eastern Ladakh.

Hamilton supports protesters who tore down slave trader's statue

Hamilton supports protesters who tore down slave trader's statue

Rediff.com8 Jun 2020

Lewis Hamilton has actively supported the Black Lives Matter movement, calling out his own sport's initial silence over the killing of Floyd, who died after a white US police officer knelt on his neck last month.

Why China is flexing its muscles

Why China is flexing its muscles

Rediff.com6 Jun 2020

'India has ramped up infrastructure on its side, so the Chinese military is finding Indian soldiers in locations where they are not used to seeing an Indian footprint,' points out Harsh V Pant.

China hindering India's normal patrolling along LAC: Govt

China hindering India's normal patrolling along LAC: Govt

Rediff.com22 May 2020

The MEA said it was the Chinese side that recently undertakook activities hindering India's normal patrols in the areas.

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