Category Archives: Indian Politics

Amateurs Inc.

It is by now a historic habit for India to miss opportunities, avoid contestation and, when absolutely pushed, lose from a winning position, in the main, because we can’t seem to keep our heads or our wits about us. This … Continue reading

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Pilatus; some tips for Jaishankar on how to handle Pompeo

[Modi and Pompeo] The Swiss Pilatus P-7 trainer aircraft for the air force was a new government’s turn away from becoming a full-blown public scandal. (Please refer all my past posts on the Pilatus in the ‘Indian Air Force’ section … Continue reading

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Modi, radar & clouds, Balakote, and pliable military chiefs

[IAF Mirage 2000s] In the Indian system, political leaders don’t have to know much about anything. The civil servants manning the apparatus of state get by knowing even less but can and do argue the virtues of their generalist background … 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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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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