February 2020

The challenge begins now: CDS is off to a blistering start. But serious reform to integrate armed forces requires painful decisions

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The appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff by the Modi government is probably the most significant military reform in five decades, and General Bipin Rawat has got off to a brisk start.   His declaration that India may soon have two to five geographical “theatre commands”, integrating weapons and personnel of army, air force […..]

India is of the size of continent, should finish in top 5 at Olympics: Kiren Rijiju

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Sports minister Kiren Rijiju has said India is such a large country that it should finish among the top 5 at the Olympics rather than satisfying with a couple of medals. Speaking at the book launch of ‘Dreams of a Billion India and the Olympic Games’ co-written by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta, Rijiju stressed […..]

Keep expectations to the lowest: Pullela Gopichand’s advice to athletes for Tokyo Olympics

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Pullela Gopichand is of the opinion that athletes should not put undue pressure on themselves and just focus on doing the right things during their preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. India badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said it’s important for athletes to give their best when it comes to preparation for the Olympics but said they […..]

If a bank chief isn’t beholden to a finmin joint secretary, he will behave differently: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

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Montek Singh Ahluwalia , former deputy chairperson of the erstwhile Planning Commission and one of India’s most experienced economic policymakers, is the author of ‘Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years’. He spoke to Nalin Mehta and Sanjiv Shankaran about economic reforms India’s big economic challenges and similarities and and differences between the UPA […..]

Arvind Kejriwal wins, CAA doesn’t lose

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Arvind Kejriwal’s decisive triumph in Delhi after the most ugly and polarised campaign the national capital has seen in recent memory holds several lessons for national politics. In an election where the chief minister was called a terrorist, where a Union minister raised slogans of “goli maaro”, a sitting BJP MP raised fears of anti-CAA […..]

‘Constitution’s founding idea: only citizenship unmediated by identity will create sustainable political environment’

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Madhav Khosla teaches law and politics at Columbia Law School and Ashoka University and is the author of India’s Founding Moment. He spoke to Nalin Mehta on the making of India’s Constitution, the debates that animated its creation and their contemporary relevance: You have written about Nehru’s unhappiness on the Indian constitutional revolution not being given its due […..]

‘CDS a positive development… next logical progression would be towards creating joint theatre commands

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General Bipin Rawat’s appointment as India’s first chief of defence staff is a big reform in defence management. Anit Mukherjee, assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University and author of The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats and the Military in India, talks to Nalin Mehta about it: To what extent will the CDS matter? The recently unveiled […..]