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India’s Democracy Is the World’s Problem

When the G7 group of rich democracies assembles this weekend in southwest England, it will discuss issues including COVID-19, taxes, and climate change. One item overhanging the formal agenda, however, will be the global deterioration of democracy itself, and the nation on which this question may hinge won’t be any of the hosts, but a guest invited to this year’s confab: India. Democracy’s fate there may determine its fate throughout the world. At the moment,...

Morning Brief

MORNING NEWS BRIEF: 12 JUNE

PICTURE OF THE DAY
MUMBAI, INDIA

The south-west monsoon set in over Mumbai and its neighbouring areas on Wednesday, the MeT department said, as heavy rains lashed the city and suburbs since early morning, causing water-logging at many places and...

Reports

Pakistan FM accuses previous gov’t of ‘mishandli...

Pakistan’s foreign minister has blamed the country’s previous government for “mishandling” the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national convicted for spying by a Pakistani military court four years ago, as legislation related to the cases passes up to Pakistan’s Senate. Speaking to the media...

EU Parliament resolution puts spotlight on Sri L...

A recent resolution adopted by the European Parliament, urging the EU Commission to consider temporary withdrawal of the GSP+ status given to Sri Lanka, has put the spotlight back on the country’s human rights situation, prompting Colombo to defend its “multifaceted progress” in a response...

China, India, Pakistan expanding nuclear arsenal...

China is in the middle of a significant modernisation and expansion of its nuclear weapon inventory, and India and Pakistan also appear to be expanding their nuclear arsenals, according to Swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Year Book 2021 released on Monday....

Elderly Muslim man attacked in Ghaziabad, assail...

An elderly Muslim man was attacked in Loni, in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district, on June 5 while on his way to offer prayers at a mosque. According to NDTV, a group of men kidnapped Abdul Samad from an autorickshaw and dragged him to a hut...

SAM Special

The Myanmar challenge to Asean

Since the five-point consensus was reached at the special Asean Summit in Jakarta on April 24, the process of implementing it has run into many obstacles, both inside and outside Myanmar. The first blow was struck by the National Unity Government (NUG), which represents a group of parliamentarians elected in the elections last year. Soon after the meeting, the NUG came out to decline participation in the Asean process and reiterate that the grouping should...

Issues

BJP would have called BR Ambedkar, father of Ind...

The BJP would have called even BR Ambedkar, the father of Indian Constitution, as pro-Pakistan had he been alive, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday, amidst criticism of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh over his remarks on Article 370. Mehbooba said Article 370, which gave...

India should scrap paper money altogether

As governments around the globe scramble to keep pace with China's digital currency project, it is time to worry about laggard India. It is hard to think of a top-10 economy with more to gain from phasing out paper money. India's sprawling and cacophonous financial...

‘Betrayed’: The Afghan interpreters abandoned by...

Ameen remembers the summer day in early 2009 when his young children and nephews were playing in the lush green field beside the family farm in Khost province as he watched over them. He had returned from Kabul for a short visit to help his...

A year after Galwan clash, China beefing up posi...

A year since the violent clash between the Armies of India and China in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has built additional accommodation in the depth areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on its side and...

Editor`s Choice

India’s Covid-19 tsunami

India’s Covid-19 tsunami

It is humbling when a columnist must retract his words soon after penning them. Just two months ago, after India rushed millions of doses of...
Quad lacks moral authority in South China Sea

Quad lacks moral authority in South China Sea

At the virtual summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue held on March 12, the Quad leaders reiterated their firm commitment that the rules-based international order...
Indonesia seeks to broker Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan

Indonesia seeks to broker Taliban peace deal...

Former Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said he has traveled to Afghanistan and Qatar several times in recent months to help broker a peace deal...

Focus

Myanmar

Myanmar’s coming revolution

Myanmar is at a point of no return. The army’s February coup, meant to surgically shift power within the existing constitutional framework, has instead unleashed a revolutionary energy that will be nearly impossible to contain. Over the past four months, protests and strikes have continued despite the killing of more than 800 people and the arrest of nearly 5,000 more. On April 1, elected members of parliament from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for...
Pakistan is an essential partner in any peace process in Afghanistan. Pakistan will play an important role in any political settlement in Afghanistan.
Lloyd Austin, Defence Secretary at his US Senate confirmation hearing.