New Year Resolutions

  ~By Dilip Bobb It’s now almost traditional among people of all faiths to faithfully record their resolutions for the year ahead and resolve issues that remained unresolved in 2017. It is, necessarily, an individual choice except in the case of certain organisations that believe in communal activity. Here are the more prominent of the […]

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Much Twittering over a Tweet

Trump’s Twitter tirade It is unprecedented for a US president to conduct his foreign policy through tweets but the times, they are a-changin’ Relations between the US and Pakistan have deteriorated ever since the new American administration took over. President Donald Trump didn’t help matters this week when he used a Twitter tirade the way […]

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Star Wars—Episode 2017

~By Dilip Bobb Dickens got it spot on—‘It was the best of times, it was    the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, […]

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Commission Omission

Commission Omission If the Gujarat elections registered a new low in personal attacks and campaign rhetoric, it also marked a nadir for a once-credible institution—the Election Commission. The bias was so patently obvious—issuing a show cause notice to Rahul Gandhi for an interview that had not been aired yet while turning a blind eye to […]

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Magic Carpet Ride

  ~By Dilip Bobb There’s magic in the air these days, and Gogia Pasha and PC Sarkar, both lamentably late, have nothing to do with it. The new magic has extraordinary powers which are more temporal than spiritual although it does create mass hypnosis which convinces mass gatherings, like election crowds, for instance, to blindly […]

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Has India Missed the Bus?

Above: Maldivian minister Mohammed Saeed (left) and his Chinese counterpart Zhong Shan finalise the Free Trade Agreement in Beijing/Photo: zhongshan2.mofcom.gov.cn Maldives is cosying up to Beijing which has pumped in money for infrastructure projects. Unless India has something better to offer, China is there to stay ~By Seema Guha China has been steadily ramping up […]

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Triple Talaq Draft Bill Shrouded in Secrecy

Above: The bill has been welcomed by Muslim women, especially those who have fought a long battle against talaq-ul-biddat, as well as Muslim men advocating reform. Photo: Anil Shakya Little is known about the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill which will make instant triple talaq a cognisable offence. Meant to be tabled […]

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Myanmar: China’s New Playground?

Above: Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping (R) in Beijing. Photo:UNI With Beijing mediating between Bangladesh and its neighbour in the return of Muslim refugees to Rakhine state, is China assuming a bigger role in the region? ~By Colonel R Hariharan The first-ever visit of Pope Francis to Myanmar […]

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Queen for Two Days

  ~By Dilip Bobb So overwhelmed was Ivanka Trump by the red carpet welcome she received on her recent trip to India, treated like royalty plus, that she just had to send her father, President Donald Trump, a letter describing what she was experiencing. The White House, as we know by now, has been leaking […]

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Rafale Deal: Dogfight Over Fighters

Even as the Congress cries foul over this Indo-French deal, will petty politics once again deprive our air force of systems it badly needs to combat challenges along India’s borders?   ~By Bikram Vohra In French, the word “Rafale” means a rapid firing of artillery. In India, it equates itself with scandal, by an indigenous chemistry […]

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UK Sex Scandals: Westminster Hit by Pestminster

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is in a precarious position as it is buffeted by the sexual misdemeanours of its leaders, ministerial blunders and Brexit headaches ~By Sajeda Momin in London Theresa May’s already beleaguered government has been weakened further by a string of sexual harassment scandals that have hit Westminster. Bets are being placed […]

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