Category Archives: Indian democracy

Using the brahamastra — diverting rivers; think again!

(PM Imran Khan and Pak COAS Gen. Javed Bajwa) The over-the-top public breast-beating with everybody a jingo demanding telling retribution for the Pulwama terrorist suicide attack has forced a, national security-wise, disinterested political class to hyper-ventilate. In this situation, there’s … Continue reading

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Rafale: A political disaster foretold

(Modi enjoying a boat ride down the Seine in Paris with President Hollande in April 2015) On April 17, 2015 — some 11 days after Modi had made the surprise announcement in Paris when on a state visit about his … Continue reading

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HAL and IAF — made for each other

(Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa at HAL) On Republic Day, there’s no more serious matter to ponder than the negative synergy generated by the Combine of the military and DRDO-DPSU that’s pile-driving  India into subservience, … Continue reading

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The Right People

The Swarajya magazine (started by Rajaji to foster a freemarket-small government ideology and right-of-centre thinking in the country) has a series of videographed interviews at length (1 hr 45 minutes plus!!) called ‘The Right People’. I was so interviewed the … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Staggering’ in the Journal of Contemporary Asia

This review by Jon P. Dorschner of my book ‘Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India’s Global Ambition’ was published online in the Journal of Contemporary Asia on December 23, 2018; it is at  https://doi.org/10.1080/00472336.2018.1558452 Undergraduate international relations (IR) students know IR … Continue reading

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India not walking Modi’s big talk

[Modi at the 10th East Asia Summit] The recent G-20 Summit offered Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the occasion he has frequently used to bolster his political standing at home. Except, while the domestic audience lapped up the Indian media … Continue reading

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Equal benefits for equal military action-related disability

(Disabled soldiers under rehabilitation) To highlight the plight of the soldier incapacitated in war and other military operations, the army chief had declared 2018 as ‘The Year of the Disabled Soldier’. The Year was marked by General Bipin Rawat frequenting … Continue reading

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