Category: India

Badri Raina: Nothing Succeeds like Failure

The Fidayeen attack on the Brigade Headquarters in Jammu City is barely over when news of another daring attack comes, this time from the heart of Srinagar City in the thick of the Karan Nagar colony, a walking distance from the S.M.H.S Hospital from where an LeT terrorist escaped from police custody a week ago. Read more…

Badri Raina: Safest Citizen in India of Today

Name the safest citizen In the India of today— Is it cop or minister, Judge or celebrity?   What a dated query you propose— It is none of the above; It is nothing that walks on two legs, It is the holy cow.   No cop, minister, or judge, No celebrity of any grade, Dare Read more…

Badri Raina: Oath-taking Ceremony

I solemnly swear by The Constitution that once I am sworn in as minister, The Constitution will be thrown Into the dustbin of secular History, and a new Constitution Born that will install upon Court-House and Parliament A flag of one hue and one intent. For wasted decades have we Sought to defeat, without success, Read more…

Badri Raina: Gujarat Results, Off the Cuff

However Mr Modi might flash the victory sign, in the heart of his heart he knows that he lost in Gujarat. The steady, strenuous, and well-thought-out campaign mounted by Rahul Gandhi was a bold and unrelenting buzz in the elephant’s ear; and the buzz drew echo from far and wide in the Gujarat hinterland. Rahul Gandhi’s Read more…

Badri Raina: Santa-India, 2017

Undeterred by hate-mongers, I come once again from far away On my unfailing sleigh To the land of Gandhi Who, of all people, was Of Jesus’s fraternity. The one on whose behalf And birthday I do my rounds Lived in the toughest of times: If there are loveless tyrants Now, there was Herod then, And Read more…

Kumar Sundaram: Nuking Narmada

Uprooting lives and compounding climate crisis impacts

Badri Raina: Hadiya mustn’t be in the dock

It is time to say that India’s democracy will never be truly credible until the republic adopts a provision akin to the American First Amendment

Conn Hallinan: Rolling Snake Eyes in the Indo-Pacific

The exercise elevates the possibility of a confrontation between China, the U.S. and India, but also between India and Pakistan

Badri Raina: No More a Sack of Potatoes

A conspiracy seems afoot To prove Moody’s wrong; Why else would a million farmers’ Capital streets throng?   They no longer seem fragmented, Gullible, superstitious, But bunched up as a nasty class, Armed with awareness.   They think, having cast a vote, They have a right to know Why their oppression increases The more food Read more…

V.K. Ramachandran: The Tripura model

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tripura embarked on a unique path to peace, one that was not dependent solely on security measures but involved investment in human development

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