Category: India

Badri Raina: Who Should the State Work for—Supporters or Citizens?

Although this writer may not claim any personal acquaintance with Maneka Gandhi, she has always seemed an individual and a politician untainted by small-minded, sectarian predilections. Whenever she has spoken in Parliament, she has come across as a leader with rational poise and non-discriminatory devotion to detail. Yet, some of her averments during a public Read more…

Badri Raina: Redefining National Safety: Who is the Enemy?

What happens to the agenda of national security if enemies refuse to be enemies?

Badri Raina: L.K. Advani Makes a Historic Intervention

The timing of Advani’s intervention confirms the general feeling that the 2019 elections will have far-reaching systemic implications for the country

Dilip Hiro: South Asia’s Nuclear-Armed Neighbors Pull Back From the Abyss


Badri Raina: Stooping to Conquer: Will it Work?

In his time Jesus of Nazareth was an oppositional figure, hounded by both the priesthood and the Roman overlords. So, when he gathered his choice followers to a Last Supper, at which he washed their feet and shared his body and blood with them, he told them that their path would be full of thorns Read more…

Badri Raina: Yet Another Rebuff to Popular Will in Jammu and Kashmir

The Election Commission’s contention that assembly polls cannot be held simultaneously due to security issues does not have much traction. What then are the reasons for the deferral?

Badri Raina: When “enemies” mend, Nationalism can face a dilemma

Natonalisms flourish only when those who have been designated enemies remain steadfast in their assigned entity.
God forbid, should they begin to mend their ways, hyper-nationalism can be suddenly left without recourse, or face the risk of being found out

Robert Fisk: Israel is Playing a Big Role in India’s Escalating Conflict with Pakistan

When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a “terrorist camp” were the first words. A “command and control centre” destroyed, many “terrorists” killed. The military was retaliating for a “terrorist attack” on its troops, we were told. An Islamist “jihadi” base had been Read more…

Badri Raina: ‘Service Before Self’ Is Clearly Not a Motto the BJP Upholds

While the ruling party thinks nothing of milking a national security situation for electoral purposes, it expects all opposition political forces to desist from “doing politics”

Arundhati Roy: Kashmir Is Potentially The Flashpoint For A Future Nuclear War

Narendra Modi has demonstrated to the world that Kashmir is potentially the most dangerous place on earth

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