M.D. Nalapat

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Rahul should support, not oppose, reform

The Congress Party is following the tradition first adopted by Nehru and Patel of placing the (colonial model) Civil Service...

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets his predecessor Manmohan Singh as they arrive to pay tributes to the martyrs of 2001 Parliament attack in New Delhi on Dec 13, 2017. (Pho​​to: IANS)

Manmohan-era holdovers sabotage Modi’s anti-graft campaign

Several bureaucrats in prominent positions during the Manmohan decade were interested, post the UPA defeat, only in covering up evidence...

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Modi Doctrine: Balance in foreign policy

PM Modi seems to have left economic policy to the ‘experts’, rather than his natural instincts. Blow upon blow has...

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Team Modi will decide 2019, not just Modi

The key strands for voting will be the degree of success in rolling back VVIP corruption, the improvement in the...

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Opposition seeks to catch up with BJP

Modi has seven months to revive confidence in his leadership for his party to win.   Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy...

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Opposition unity boosted by Karnataka events

The BJP appears to believe that the path to victory in 2019 flows through securing control of as many state...

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Terrorists will gain through a Kashmir ceasefire

Terror groups would get time to replenish stocks of personnel, weaponry and cash, all of which would be running low...

U.S. President Donald Trump waves after returning from addressing the NRA convention as he walks from the Marine One helicopter across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington

Trump faces a daunting decision on Korea

The greater Kim Jong Un’s success in ‘peace diplomacy’, the more difficult he calculates it will be for Donald Trump...

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Rahul must escape the toxic 2% legacy

98% of Muslims have the same societal impulses as the rest of the population.   Across the world, a perception...

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Xi and Modi usher in the Asian Century

The Wuhan meeting will have generated an unprecedented volume of ‘oxygen’ that will flow downwards to other levels of the...

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arrive for the 'Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries' on the sidelines of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen

Modi-Xi talks this week set to be a game changer

The two-day meeting in China’s Wuhan will be confined to the Indian Prime Minister and the Chinese President.   The...

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Unite to defend, not deny, freedom of speech

India will remain less than a complete democracy until laws such as criminal defamation are removed.   In a city...

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ISI planning stormy reception for Modi in UK

Assistance is coming from well-wishers within British establishment, mostly from Labour, which has office bearers sympathetic to separatism in Kashmir....

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Arms lobby against India-US defence ties

Lobbies in Lutyens Zone represent not defence, but foreign business interests.   The specific geopolitical needs of India mandate both...

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Rajapaksa moves towards an encore

‘Lack of strong leadership’ is not a shortcoming of Mahinda Rajapaksa.   COLOMBO: Outside the room window at the Galle...

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Maldives response showcases ‘India Last’

‘India First’ policy touted by Government of India is becoming ‘India Last’, in practice.   Some days ago, the Indian...

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Trump readies to tell Kim: Surrender nuclear assets or die

The idea behind a Trump-Kim meeting is to make the North Korean leader understand that the US President is ‘deadly...

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Siddaramaiah’s Lingayat ploy opens Pandora’s Box

Existing minority communities may not look kindly to another addition to their ranks.   Whether out of compulsion or by...

Rahul torn between Gen Past and Gen Next

That dynasty is not a killer for a political career became apparent in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where Akhilesh Yadav...

Kim Jong Un uses Ho Chi Minh’s copybook

Kim Jong Un has shown himself to be as formidable an opponent as his grandfather Kim Il Sung was, braving...

Chidambaram’s Lutyens clique stunned by Karti detention

UPA-era Finance and Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and, by extension, his son Karti have long been considered to be among...

Indians respond better to light touch than to whip

Official records reveal an impressive number of meetings between the mandarins designing the Goods & Services Tax (GST) and businesspersons...

India’s financial A.Q. Khan network

General Pervez Musharraf—whose record in conning his masters (whether these be in Islamabad or Washington) is unparalleled—made out that all...

PM Modi, make defaulters pay, not innocent taxpayers

As Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has made consequential alterations to traditional policies, the most important of which has been demonetisation,...