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Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

Sep 15, 2021

This book presents a wealth of detail, digging deep into the murky crypts of the RAW and ISI. In the final analysis, it’s inauthentic and unconvincing.

India’s Abstention At The UN On Myanmar Vote

India’s Abstention At The UN On Myanmar Vote

Jun 23, 2021

It does not meet the objective of keeping China under check for which the next “Quad” Summit is meeting later this year.

Twitter, Whatsapp And Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s US Tour

Twitter, Whatsapp And Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s US Tour

May 27, 2021

Regime needles US tech giants in the backdrop of foreign minister’s US visit

Central Encroachment Into West Bengal Even After Elections

Central Encroachment Into West Bengal Even After Elections

May 14, 2021

Ignoring all federal principles, fresh moves are afoot to use central government agencies to embarrass the West Bengal government which was elected with a massive majority.

Police Reforms In America After The George Floyd Killing

Police Reforms In America After The George Floyd Killing

Apr 30, 2021

Following the Floyd incident, several states in the US including New York have banned ‘chokeholds’.

Did The Election Commission Err Over Sitalkuchi Firing?

Did The Election Commission Err Over Sitalkuchi Firing?

Apr 15, 2021

On April 10, the CISF had opened fire on a ‘hostile’ crowd near Polling Booth number 126, killing 4 people

Mumbai Potboiler: Politicians Vs. Police

Mumbai Potboiler: Politicians Vs. Police

Mar 25, 2021

Any number of examples could be quoted when conscientious police chiefs had defied political leadership to protect the public from criminals and safeguard police morale.

Will The Quad Summit Dare Mention China?

Will The Quad Summit Dare Mention China?

Mar 11, 2021

Beijing appears wary of the first appearance of US President Joe Biden with Indian, Australian and Japanese PMs at the March 12 summit

Facial Recognition Systems: More Hype Than Reality

Facial Recognition Systems: More Hype Than Reality

Feb 25, 2021

The technology behind facial recognition systems is still work in progress. Yet Delhi police used it extensively to "identify" and arrest people said to be behind the 2020 riots.

The Koch-Rajbongshi Conundrum And The 2021 Elections

The Koch-Rajbongshi Conundrum And The 2021 Elections

Feb 13, 2021

Home Minister Amit Shah’s meeting with the Cooch Behar Royal family underlines the influence of the divided community.

What Biden Needs To Know About Afghanistan

What Biden Needs To Know About Afghanistan

Jan 28, 2021

Pakistan’s strategic aim of installing a Taliban controlled government in Kabul is only to destabilize India

Capitol Hill, Delhi Anti-Sikh Riots And The Missing Military

Capitol Hill, Delhi Anti-Sikh Riots And The Missing Military

Jan 14, 2021

In both these instances, much violence could have been prevented if the army had been deployed on time.

Kashmir DDC Elections: Hype Vs Reality

Kashmir DDC Elections: Hype Vs Reality

Dec 31, 2020

Were we vainglorious on the ‘peaceful’ holding of the Kashmir District Development Council Elections, which are not even statutory bodies created by legislature?

Bringing John Le Carre In From The Cold

Bringing John Le Carre In From The Cold

Dec 16, 2020

A top Indian sleuth demystifies one of the world’s best-known spy authors

Will Joe Biden’s China Policy Work?

Will Joe Biden’s China Policy Work?

Nov 12, 2020

The US President-elect has pledged a ‘tough’ policy towards Beijing, while co-operating ‘where our interests converge’

Why Was Air Power Not Used In 1962?

Why Was Air Power Not Used In 1962?

Oct 14, 2020

During 1962 India - China war, the Chinese Air Force was rated to be the third biggest and strongest Air Force in the world, the only countries ahead of China being the USA and Russia.

Jinnah's Role In Weakening Indian Territorial Integrity

Jinnah's Role In Weakening Indian Territorial Integrity

Sep 24, 2020

Muhammad Ali Jinnah had demanded autonomy for the provinces and one third Muslim presence in all ministries. That was the beginning of the games played by the British in capitalizing on the fears of minorities in India.

Go Softly In A House Of Spies

Go Softly In A House Of Spies

Jan 23, 2020

A comprehensive and crisply-written biography of R.N. Kao mirrors the warm individual, his formative assignments and the fine webs he’d later weave

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