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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 […..]

‘Rajya Sabha should act as a caution but not have ability to veto … Naveen Patnaik has cleverly played BJP and Congress in Odisha’

Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda was a four-time MP who served as member of several parliamentary standing committees before quitting Biju Janata Dal and his Lok Sabha seat of Kendrapara after differences with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik. The author of ‘Lutyen’s Maverick’, he spoke to Nalin Mehta on ideas for reforming Parliament and prospects of forming a new party in Odisha ahead of general elections

Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda was a four-time MP who served as member of several parliamentary standing committees before quitting Biju Janata Dal and his Lok Sabha seat of Kendrapara after differences with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik. The author of ‘Lutyen’s Maverick’, he spoke to Nalin Mehta on ideas for reforming Parliament and prospects of forming a new party […..]

Mamata’s power play: SC order on CBI standoff in Bengal gives face saver to both BJP and Mamata

Illustration: Uday Deb

Not since when Delhi LG Najeeb Jung sent hot parathas to a protesting Arvind Kejriwal as the latter signed chief ministerial files on the street and huddled under a quilt outside Delhi’s Rail Bhavan in 2014, has a political dharna by a state chief minister garnered so much national air-time. Irrespective of which side of […..]

If everyone gets reservation, then no one gets reservation

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In 1989, when V P Singh changed the course of Indian politics with his sudden decision to implement the Mandal Commission’s recommendations, a leading magazine headlined its coverage by calling it the “war of the crumbs”. The anti-reservation riots that followed were solidly rooted in a job market that was shrinking in relation to the […..]

Alarm bells for BJP: Congress takes big strides, Modi magic waning but still formidable for 2019 polls

Illustration: Ajit Ninan

The thrilling cliffhanger in MP notwithstanding, a few clear trends are emerging. First, like in Gujarat’s Saurashtra a year ago, Congress is on the upswing in rural India. In MP, Congress improved its tally from 56 rural seats in 2013 to 95 in 2018 while BJP went down from 122 to 82. In Rajasthan, Congress […..]

Test for BJP Satraps, not Modi: The PM remains BJP’s galvaniser-in-chief but local issues dominate MP, Chhattisgarh polls

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If poll posters ever tell a larger story, the most striking thing about BJP’s campaign in Chhattisgarh is the re-emergence of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the party’s election publicity. BJP billboards across Raipur and the Chhattisgarh central plains are dominated by mega-size cutout images of chief minister Raman Singh in the foreground, emerging from an […..]

Don’t over-reach on internet controls

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Everyone agrees that fake news is a deadly menace. The spread of false information, purposely crafted to mislead citizens, as opposed to genuine mistakes in news reporting or even just plain old biases, is something that all of us deal with on social media sites every day. The problem is how do we stop it. […..]