Politics

Coronavirus epidemic

Coronavirus epidemic

February 3, 2020

With three identified cases of coronavirus in the returnees from Wuhan, is India up to the mark in tackling this menace? Is India equipped with the necessary healthcare capabilities required to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to a public health emergency? The second airlift ...

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Sultan Qaboos bin Said: Henry Kissinger of Middle East, with a difference

Sultan Qaboos bin Said: Henry Kissinger of Middle ...

January 15, 2020

I strongly feel that United Nations owes him more than just a half-mast. My experience with Oman and visits during my UN days revealed Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s new world of quiet diplomacy, a monarchy committed to the people and that skilfully engages in preventing conflicts ev...

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Bollywood and CAA protests: Bold and beautiful

Bollywood and CAA protests: Bold and beautiful

January 13, 2020

Bollywood has very often turned a blind eye to political turmoil in the country.The same was the story with the month-long protests against Citizenship Amendment Act. However, over the last few days, several leading ladies of the industry have been at the forefront of the ongoing...

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The road ahead for India’s first Chief of Defence Staff

The road ahead for India’s first Chief of De...

January 11, 2020

General Bipin Rawat is the first sitting Chief of Army Staff to be appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post. Retiring general Rawat, on December 31, 2019, was appointed the first tri-service chief with effect from January 1, 2020. Several challenges await the first CDS....

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Modi’s myriad challenges

Modi’s myriad challenges

January 9, 2020

After storming into office for a second time with a thumping majority, challenges for Narendra Modi’s government has not wilted in any way. Instead it has taken myriad forms…

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Universal Health Coverage: Ambitious plans, inadequate budget

Universal Health Coverage: Ambitious plans, inadeq...

January 9, 2020

Even though the government of India has launched various healthcare schemes it has failed to spend adequately on healthcare. India needs to follow the examples of its neighbours and boost its health budget and build a system that can actually offer healthcare to all.

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US-Iran tensions spell trouble for India

US-Iran tensions spell trouble for India

January 9, 2020

The US killing Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad’s airport last Friday and Iran retaliating by firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American troops are stationed is not just bad news for both these countries and the Middle E...

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JNU attacks strengthen students’ resolve

JNU attacks strengthen students’ resolve

January 6, 2020

The latest attack on the JNU is likely to strengthen the resolve of students nationwide to carry on with their protests.

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BJP’s 2019 report card

BJP’s 2019 report card

January 1, 2020

Starting the year with helping the marginalised and ending it with marginalising a sizeable section of society, here is why India would remember 2019 as a year of the marginalised.

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Double speak on CAA-NRC-NPR

Double speak on CAA-NRC-NPR

December 27, 2019

Two weeks after the Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act, widespread protests continue against the law as well as plans for nationwide NRC and the nod to NPR. Taken by surprise and on the back foot at least for a week in face of the protests, the ruling party has turne...

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