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Flutter in Indian babudom
03 September 2015
Continuity in the bureaucracy is not one of the virtues of the Narendra Modi administration. The PM is a man of action. He obviously wants results. But his regular purges have left the bureaucracy shaken and stirred.
Political and diplomatic overview of the run up to the 1965 India-Pakistan war
03 September 2015
The events that led to the outbreak of war between India and Pakistan on September 6, 1965 had taken New Delhi by surprise, just as India surprised Pakistan by launching an attack across the international border towards Lahore.
India-US defence cooperation stuck in a catch-22 situation
Seema Sirohi & Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
02 September 2015
As PM Modi's second visit to the US draws near, excitement and anxiety both are rising on bridging the gap between promise and delivery. Though US officials would like to treat visits by Indian leaders as 'normal order of business' without demands for a breakthrough, breakthroughs are needed given the long history of non-cooperation and suspicion.
Faith and diplomacy
C. Raja Mohan
01 September 2015
Delhi must recognise that putting religion into statecraft does not mean privileging one faith over another. If Buddhism has the potential to reinforce India's engagement with many East Asian countries, a similar outreach on Islam might boost India's ties with the Muslim world.
How the stage was set for the 1965 war
01 September 2015
A senior CIA contact of Sheikh Abdullah has revealed in a memoir published in the 1990s that Abdullah was aware of the planning for Op Gibraltar, the covert invasion of Jammu & Kashmir by 30,000 armed Pakistani irregulars that began on August 5.
Social media vigilantism has its own perils
31 August 2015
What the social media has achieved for women in particular is of great import. From being a platform for speaking the unspeakable to getting used as an SOS service, social media is the long awaited one stop shop for feeling empowered.
Handloom industry in dire straits
25 August 2015
The ordinary handloom weaver living in remote areas of the country is under threat of extinction and is likely to shift to some other profession sooner or later. PM Modi's own constituency of Banaras has many handloom weavers famous for their silk brocades but now living in dire straits.
Talking and Fighting with Pakistan
22 August 2015
The Modi government, like several earlier governments, have been faced with the dilemma of how to talk to Pakistan. India can avoid this dilemma if it develops military options to respond to Pakistan's transgressions, both to deter future attacks and also so that Indian decision-makers have options not limited to simply calling off talks each time Pakistan engages in such behaviour.
Modi's government seems to have lost its Mojo
17 August 2015
It is difficult to avoid the impression that the Modi government has lost its mojo. The main reason for this is that instead of overhauling a machine that had gone bust, it remains committed to using babus to keep that old machine going somehow or the other.
'Indian diaspora' in India
07 August 2015
Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal continue to supply cheap labour to the rest of India today, just as they did in colonial times to British plantations in Guyana, Fiji and Mauritius. Does domestic migration serve public interest beyond the individual benefits it provides?
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