M.D. Nalapat

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ISIS opens new front in India, courtesy ISI

Retired and ‘on leave’ Pakistan army officers are known to have given technical training since 2015 to elements of ISIS...

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Chidambaram gives a clean chit to Rafale

He emphasised that not only would the Rafale deal not be cancelled, it would be expanded in scope once payment...

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Going the last centimetre crucial for BJP in LS polls

While charges have been many, VVIP arrests have been absent. The government needs to traverse between framing criminal charges and...

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Stop de-legitimising the Vedic Age in India

India’s history as dictated by the British has largely continued its sway over school and college curricula, and thereby into...

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Protect Saarc minorities within their lands, not here

The offer of refuge in India could incentivise Wahhabi fanatics in Pakistan and Bangladesh to drive out Hindus, Sikhs and...

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Xi Jinping challenges Donald Trump to battle over Taiwan

It is clear from President Xi’s New Year speech on Taiwan that he believes that PLA is battle ready to...

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Shooting the truth teller is not ‘positivity’

The undifferentiated hurrahs that Modi followers shower on every action of the government have led to complacency that course corrections...

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BJP’s tally will depend on promises kept, not made

Subtext of 2019 mandate will be the same as for 2014: Not continuity but change.   While voters pay attention...

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PAK GHQ happy at Imran’s bouncers against India

The Trump administration is mixing harsh words in public with significant concessions to Islamabad in private. Moscow is giving top...

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IAS-plus: Aligning intent with delivery

Whoever wins in 2019 will need to bring reforms in the governance mechanism.   Good intentions and ideas on the...

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Rahul Gandhi must choose past or future

The new Congress president must not remain tethered to past ways and beliefs.   This columnist was fortunate enough to...

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Trump blinks, allows Erdogan to revive ISIS in Middle East

Kurds in Syria and Ghani government in Kabul will be the immediate victims of President Trump’s decision to pay heed...

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Finally, people will ensure Minimum Government

Indians, who are becoming aware of the rights that have thus far been denied to them, are showing intolerance for...

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Hillary loyalists frantic to paralyse Trump Presidency

Donald Trump’s backers warn that Washington Beltway’s Plan A is to secure his removal or resignation. In case that fails,...

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PM Modi has entrusted reform to IAS, IPS, IFS

The guiding principle of the IAS Plus must change from the belief that control by them of all key sectors...

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India needs Chowkidar Modi, not Mahatma Narendra

Even at this final stage of the government’s term, sincerely prosecuted cases need to get started against not only central...

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Sikhs for Justice must not forget the 1947 genocide

SfJ has been silent about the massacres of Sikhs which took place in what is now Pakistan. The Sikh community...

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Defying U.S. and Japan, Moon and Kim work towards Korean unity

A formal ending of the 1950-53 Korean conflict is seen in Pyongyang as only the logical start of a process...

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RBI Governor Patel can rescue India’s banks

RBI transferring Rs 3.5 lakh crore of its estimated surplus to the public sector banking system would immediately ensure a...

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Erdogan frantic to dislodge MbS

Erdogan and his Wahhabi friends expect that MbS, even if not replaced, will lack the fire within him to continue...

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Only a Grand Gesture can slay communal sentiment

Only a Grand Gesture can slay communal sentiment   India has a stellar judiciary, but thanks to the country’s colonial-era...

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India must prepare for a US-China military showdown

To many, a US-China conflict may seem to belong to the domain of fiction or Hollywood movies. But such optimism...

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America First meets China First

Trump’s aim is to reverse Xi’s drive to overtake the US in technological innovation.   “America First, and Donald J....

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India’s Air Force needs 200 more fighter aircraft

Defence should not be left to generalist administrators or to purely military users who may not factor in India’s overall...