Monthly Archives: May 2019

Jaishankar in cabinet, next, F-16 in IAF

Whether or not Narendra Modi delivers on any other election promise, one goal he will realize, with S. Jaiskankar, the former Foreign Secretary and virtually Washington’s Man in Delhi in the Union cabinet, is to, in fact, make India a … Continue reading

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Petty with Pakistan, pally with Xi

(A younger Imran Khan meeting with the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi) This evening the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad, Ajay Bisaria, will be holding an Iftar party to end the fasting religiously mandated during the month of Ramzan. … Continue reading

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Tarzan of the subcontinental jungle

The first statements by any elected leader returned with a huge majority are a fairly good indication of what’s to come.  By this reckoning the country can expect, as the previous post noted, a more populist swing towards social welfare-ism … Continue reading

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Don’t expect anything very different from Modi in his 2nd term

Narendra Modi has been returned to power with a bang by the people. Despite a record of tepid success in the domestic and economic spheres at home and timidity abroad, except when it comes to Pakistan where he has roared … Continue reading

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Big Carriers Are a Bad Idea

 | Point of View The big carrier is a big mistake. In a milieu bristling with proliferating supersonic, and soon hypersonic, anti-ship missiles, aircraft carriers don’t stand a chance. INDIA TODAY ISSUE DATE: May 27, 2019 UPDATED: May 18, 2019  … Continue reading

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Why is India’s national interest hostage to US’ Iran policy?

The fears I have long voiced are coming true. The US is ramping up its combative rhetoric, talking up the non-existent Iran threat to the region, coercing its friends into  complying with its demand to zero out oil/gas imports from … Continue reading

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What’s in store

The bulk of the general elections involving most of the country is over; the votes sealed in the EVMs as well as the fates of the contestants  Delhi area votes tomorrow. The thoughtful among the citizenry must have wracked their … Continue reading

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