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Time for Modi to learn from Indira Gandhi. Biren govt is problem, not solution in Manipur

State govt's very continuation is a provocation to both sides. Kukis see it as partisan with a majoritarian agenda, while Meiteis see it as incapable of even protecting them.

College pedigree, daddy’s name, BBC accent no longer golden ticket. India has a growing new elite

India’s caravan is moving on like a juggernaut pulled by tens of millions of supremely talented Indians that our handful of old elite institutions are too small to have produced.

Manipur saw ‘free’ India’s 1st flag hoisted. Now it’s BJP’s biggest internal security challenge

There are 3 things you never do in a small northeastern state: undermine local leaders, divide and rule, push homogenisation.

Article 370 to G20, India is in a Kashmir sweet spot. Now, tick the last boxes

It is in the nature of the news cycle that the only aspect of the G20 event (Third Working Group on Tourism) in Srinagar...

A broken Manipur is out of sight, out of mind. Here’s why we can’t be so callous & arrogant

For most of us, the Manipur crisis is out of sight, out of mind. The story in a state so small and so far out is a ‘Big Yawn’ for many. I try to persuade you to wake up.

Why Imran’s comeback would be a triumph for democracy and a disaster for Pakistan

Imran’s popularity has risen to a level not seen in Pakistan before. But all nations, especially democracies, need institutions that can stand up to majoritarianism of any kind.

SCO, BRICS, RIC: What do they have in common? China at head of table, India faking smiles

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting in Goa has produced the usual photo-ops and probably even some important outcomes in back-room conversations....

Two-sided triangle: Fast-growing India is caught in China-Pakistan pincer in Modi’s 10th year

Pakistan is a near-nothing on most metrics, China isn’t slowing & India’s is a remarkable success story of a country becoming so enormously powerful long before it became rich.

Naroda Gam to Atiq killing is a straight line. What you get is India’s ‘thok do’ culture

Total denial of justice, as in the cases of Naroda Gam, the Jaipur bombings & gangsters like Atiq Ahmed, is why faith in the system has fallen so low. It's what fuels vigilante culture.

Opposition unity without one leader, shared ideology is the political equivalent of selling snake oil

In the past, 'Opposition unity' has proved to be a bogus, defeatist, and repeatedly failed idea. As Arun Jaitley once said, elections are not just about arithmetic.

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GDP to IIP—Indian statistical systems have bigger problems than ‘underestimating’ population

It is always a good idea to see if survey results are consistent with other indicators of the economy. The problems of measurement make it difficult to do this in India.

Oil eases on higher US stockpiles, caution ahead of likely Fed...

By Yuka Obayashi and Trixie Yap (Reuters) -Oil prices eased on Wednesday off three-month highs as industry data showed a stock build in U.S. crude inventories and investors remained cautious ahead of


File photo of Ajit Doval with Wang Yi | ANI

LAC tensions eroded trust says Ajit Doval, as China pushes for...

China's Wang Yi met NSA Ajit Doval in Johannesburg. Both sides agreed that the India-China bilateral relationship is significant not only for the two countries but also for the region and world.
Illustration: Soham Sen

New BJP govt, old divisive ways. Biren’s rule shows party never...

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, and by implication, the BJP nationally and the Modi government are all under attack over anarchy in the...