Politics & Current Affairs

Kashmir: Time to heal: After conversion of state to UT, let opposition parties back into Kashmir

Uday Deb

Whether you agree or disagree with the idea of getting 23 MPs from the European Union to visit Kashmir, the visit opened up key questions. Was it a limited public relations photo-op or the beginning of a new kind of diplomatic push by India? Will such an initiative strengthen India’s narrative on Kashmir, serving as […..]

No contest elections? Maharashtra and Haryana poll campaigns show why Congress needs to reinvent itself

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Maharashtra and Haryana will be voting in ten days. At this point in the poll cycle the air is usually thick with political speculation, gossip and delicious imponderables that define an Indian election. Yet, in both these two states, which until 2014 were Congress citadels, the most striking thing about the current political discourse is […..]

BJP’s political sixer on 370: Why the ruling party is winning the political argument on revoking Kashmir’s special status

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The revoking of Article 370, which gave Kashmir special status, has unravelled what most thought was an untouchable status quo in our politics. It has also shown up a deep disconnect between left-liberal intellectual opinion, which is critical of the move, and the wider wellsprings of national thought cutting across ideologies. It is not just […..]

Don’t be miserly with disability pensions for faujis

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For a government that is so invested in its public imagery to promoting the cult of the soldier as the vanguard of the republic, it is strange to see so much soldiering angst over what many in uniform regard as petty bureaucratic moves to curtail their entitlements. The latest flashpoint is the June 24 circular […..]

New Nehru for the Right? Modi’s and Nehru’s politics are inverted mirror images of each other

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The one political leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often been compared to is Indira Gandhi. Like Modi, after all, she was the last Indian prime minister to win a renewed absolute parliamentary majority for her party after a full term. And like the prime minister’s thumping 2019 triumph in the face of what the […..]

South side up: Why southern states could hold the balance of power in the general election

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Ever since Australian Stuart McArthur published his universal upside-down “universal corrective” map of the world in 1979, depicting the southern countries of the world on top and the north below them, it has served as a useful reminder of how geographic representations subliminally also shape our political perceptions. The northern Hindi heartland dominates the national […..]

India is hardly Israel: Balakot was a major strategic shift, but Israel’s defence culture differs markedly from ours

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After the air strikes on Balakot which marked a major strategic shift in the Indian state’s response to terror, political comparisons with Israel have followed. For those advocating a more muscular response to cross-border terrorism, Israel has long been the holy grail. So, almost immediately after the Indian Air Force strikes on the Jaish-e-Muhammad training […..]