India’s air strike on Pakistan: the strategy and the risks

India’s air strike on Pakistan: the strategy and the risks

A Mirage-2000 fighter jet. REUTERS Photo NEW DELHI, February 26 (Reuters): India said its warplanes struck a militant training camp inside Pakistan on Tuesday, raising the risk of conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The airstrikes hit a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the group that claimed credit for a suicide bomb attack that killed at […]

Kashmir insurgency: Need to win hearts and minds

Kashmir insurgency: Need to win hearts and minds

Soldiers examine debris after an explosion in Lethpora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Younis Khaliq By Amulya Ganguli IANS | February 16 One of the most disturbing aspects of the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama was that the suicide bomber was a local, Adil Ahmad Dar, who lived in a village near […]

Long way to go: Bollywood’s first major LGBT+ film splits audiences

Long way to go: Bollywood’s first major LGBT+ film splits audiences

Gazal Dhaliwal, a trans woman and writer of Bollywood film ‘Ek Ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga’, poses for a picture in Mumbai, India, on February 7, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Roli Srivastava Gazal Dhaliwal, the transgender writer of Bollywood’s first lesbian romance says she feels “responsible” for telling LGBT+ stories MUMBAI, February 13 (Thomson Reuters […]

The impossible job: India’s pollsters face uphill battle to call election

The impossible job: India’s pollsters face uphill battle to call election

A man displays his finger marked with indelible ink as he poses for a photo outside a polling station during Karnataka assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File Photo NEW DELHI, February 12 (Reuters) – Thousands of candidates, hundreds of parties, endless combinations of possible coalitions – spare a thought for […]

Eradicating TB by 2025 in India a tough task: The Global Fund

Eradicating TB by 2025 in India a tough task: The Global Fund

A lab assistant performs an experiment during an inauguration visit of a new P3 level research laboratory against tuberculosis at the School of Life Sciences of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) near Lausanne, Switzerland March 17, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse /File Photo New Delhi, February 8 (IANS) While the government’s goal of ending tuberculosis […]

2019 polls very competitive, too close to call: Ruchir Sharma

2019 polls very competitive, too close to call: Ruchir Sharma

By Saket Suman New Delhi, February 5 (IANS) The popularity graph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fallen drastically and what seemed a year ago as another wrestling match “with only one boxer in the ring” now seems a Lok Sabha election too close to call, says global investor and bestselling author Ruchir Sharma. Sharma, who […]

A budget that is good politics and economics rolled into one

A budget that is good politics and economics rolled into one

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal displays a briefcase containing the Union budget to be presented at the Parliament today, outside his North Block office in New Delhi. (Image: PTI) By Amit Kapoor As was expected, the interim Budget presented by Piyush Goyal was not a traditional vote-on-account by any means. Contrary to the election-year convention, a […]

Upcoming book says 2019 polls a showdown between Modi and the rest

Upcoming book says 2019 polls a showdown between Modi and the rest

Ruchir Sharma, chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. (File Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS) By Saket Suman  New Delhi, February 2 (IANS) The upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a “nationwide showdown between Modi and the rest”, says global investor and bestselling writer Ruchir Sharma. Sharma, who has been chasing election campaigns in India for […]

Modi is riding a horse which he cannot dismount before elections: Kuldip Nayar in his last book

Modi is riding a horse which he cannot dismount before elections: Kuldip Nayar in his last book

By Saket Suman New Delhi, January 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is riding a horse which he cannot dismount before the 2019 general elections and he would perforce have to depend on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its cadre, veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, who passed away last year, had written during his last days. […]

No greater tribute to Gandhi than a minute of silence in his memory

No greater tribute to Gandhi than a minute of silence in his memory

A child pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. (PTI File Photo) (January 30 is Martyrs Day, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi) By Rajdeep Pathak  Is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi relevant today? Or has the medallion of the Mahatma – which Gandhi himself never wanted – overshadowed […]