Cooking up a Storm

~By Dilip Bobb In kitchens all across India, there is a bubbling and stewing and the shrill whistling of pressure cookers as a storm is stirred up over the alleged proposal to make khichdi the national dish. Other contenders have been in a stew and sparks are flying. Here’s how the culinary clash unfolds. Pav […]

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Osama and his ‘Indian’ Connection

Above: Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden closely followed developments in Kashmir and the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, indicated the documents seized during the 2011 US raid on a Pakistani compound that killed the Al-Qaeda founder. The Central Intelligence Agency on Thursday (November 2) released 4,70,000 […]

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Offshore Deposits: The Flight from Swiss Banks

With the Automatic Exchange of Common Information kicking in from 2018, unaccounted wealth in banks in Switzerland is being withdrawn and parked in the US, Dubai and Singapore  ~By Rashme Sehgal in Geneva There has been a large flight of capital from Swiss banks even before the introduction of the Automatic Exchange of Common Information […]

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Independence Day Memories

~By Dilip Bobb   Each year, on August 15, we turn to the Red Fort to hear what our leader of the day has to say about freedom and our future. The speeches are usually, as Donald Trump would say, full of “fire and fury’’. Since the original Independence Day, we have heard 13 prime […]

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Ram Nath Kovind becomes 14th President of India

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating Ram Nath Kovind after his election as the next president of India. Photo: PIB Former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a BJP candidate of the NDA and a virtual unknown a few days back, will be the 14th President of the Republic of India. Kovind scored a huge victory […]

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THE POWER OF BEING SOFT

~By Inderjit Badhwar India has always been a powerful soft power. This attribute is a muscle the nation has used effectively in dealing with the world to make it more accommodating to its permanent geopolitical interests. But we are coming perilously close to losing this hitherto effective weapon of winning friends and influencing people. As […]

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Indo-China Skirmish: Avoid Confrontation

Above: A file photo from 2013 showing Indian and Chinese soldiers meeting during a joint military exercise. Photo: UNI Seeing the military capability of our powerful neighbour, the government would do well to accept reality and avoid any military mishap as far as possible   ~By Wing Commander (Retd) Praful Bakshi   It is said […]

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Drip Irrigation: Lessons from Israel

Above: Water-scarce Israel has mastered the drip irrigation technique to use every drop of water judiciously. Photo: israel21c.org Prime Minister Modi’s trip to this country has underlined the various areas where both countries are cooperating. Already, 26 centres of excellence are helping Indian farmers learn micro-irrigation techniques ~By Vivian Fernandes Drip irrigation, an Israeli technology, is […]

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA

~By Inderjit Badhwar There was once an India in which people on different sides of issues—no matter how deep or broad the chasm—could disagree without being disagreeable or spewing venom. They could compromise or reach a consensus because what mattered were issues like economic, domestic or foreign policies. Today, debate and discussion has been sacrificed […]

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World Relations: Who Will Tango With India?

As a new world order shapes up, Modi will try to be the right man in the right place for Europe and the US. Will his responsive stance give India a chance to play a larger role on the world stage? ~By Seema Guha Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit Washington for his […]

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India’s Double Game

India is framing laws for Antarctica, ostensibly to protect its bases there. But is it actually preparing to mine the mineral resources of Antarctica before other countries do?  ~By Usha Rani Das India has taken a special interest in the coldest, remotest and most secluded regions on earth—Antarctica—and is framing laws to safeguard its interests […]

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