M.D. Nalapat

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,...

Modi must restore democracy in the Maldives

From the start of his misrule, it was obvious that Maldivian head of state Abdulla Yameen cared not a whit...

Cabal plans October meltdown in share prices to rout BJP

A prominent politician, who was a minister during the Manmohan Singh government, is behind a move by as much as 31...

Thank you, Google, for remembering Kamala Das

On 1 February, Google featured the mother of this columnist, Kamala Das (later named Suraiya), in its search website, commemorating...

The EC boosts AAP in dealing it a blow

Politics in India is a saga of unintended consequences, and so it may turn out to be for the Aam...

Netanyahu hints at path India must take

The modern State of Israel was formally born some months after the Union Jack got replaced with the Tricolour across...

My Lords, please end delays in justice

Some weeks ago, this columnist and his wife went to a cinema show at a mall in Gurgaon, whose cafeteria...

Polygamy must go, not just triple talaq

Since the British era, the obsession of the Ministry of Finance has been to slice away as big a share...

Kim Jong Un bets Trump is bluffing on war

What takes place when an “irresistible” force, aka Donald Trump, meets an “immovable” Kim Jong Un will become clear latest...

Needed: A pro-growth ‘Gujarati’ Union Budget

The governance system in India remains locked inside a time warp keeping its responses anchored to the period when the...

2G verdict may transform Rahul’s luck

The 2012 Supreme Court judgement cancelling 122 telecom licences, including denying the allocation of spectrum to eight companies, altered the...