Politics & Current Affairs

To take on Chinese ‘wolf warriors’, India must fix military asymmetry

In recent years, Chinese movies such as Wolf Warrior (in pic) have projected the image of a muscular global power

In recent years, Chinese movies such as Wolf Warrior (in pic) have projected the image of a muscular global power   A nation’s movies often reflect its self-image.     War films, even more so. As Indian troops face down China’s People Liberation Army in the Galwan Valley and across the Line of Actual Control, it […..]

‘We want companies leaving China to come to India instead of going to Vietnam or elsewhere’

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Uttar Pradesh confronts two critical challenges – helping its returning economic migrants and creating local opportunities for them. Dinesh Sharma, deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, speaks to Nalin Mehta on the way ahead: What is your biggest economic challenge now? Coronavirus has created unfortunate circumstances. Filling up the losses that have happened is definitely […..]

WHO crisis raises deeper questions on multilateralism. Needed: New post-corona world order

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Few remember the SS Tuscania today. In April 1929, when smallpox broke on this large passenger ship sailing from Mumbai to Liverpool via Marseilles, it triggered a European health and travel crisis that had some eerie resemblances to the global shutdown we have now with the coronavirus. Worried at the prospect of smallpox, France banned […..]

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 […..]

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 […..]