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India can live with US-Pakistan makeover

The US state department spokesman Ned Price has put External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on the mat as regards the latter’s remarks questioning the raison d’etre of the US-Pakistan relationship.  Yet, some national dailies have rushed to eagerly attribute it to the US displeasure over India’s stance on the conflict in Ukraine. One daily rather churlishly advised the government, “As Delhi demonstrates “strategic autonomy” to engage with every side — Quad one week, and Russia and China the next...

SOUTH ASIAN BRIEF

In flooded Pakistan, it’s politics as usual

Welcome to  South Asia Brief.

The highlights this week: Pakistan needs more than just international aid to address its flooding crisis, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes Russian President Vladimir Putin on Russia’s war in Ukraine at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, and the last U.S. hostage...

Reports

Pakistan would rather be bridge between China, U...

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said he would like Pakistan to play the role of a bridge between China and the United States, rather than play a part in exacerbating tensions or “being a geopolitical football”. The foreign minister made these remarks while answering a...

Meta owes Rohingya reparations for Myanmar viole...

A prominent human rights group says Facebook’s owner Meta owes the Rohingya reparations for the platform’s role in fuelling violence against the mostly Muslim minority in Myanmar. Amnesty International issued the call for compensation on Thursday after accusing Meta of failing to act despite activists...

Has the new chief justice changed the SC’s polic...

For the past few years, the Supreme Court has been criticised for failing to hear controversial political cases. That seems to be changing now with the swearing-in of Uday Umesh Lalit as the new chief justice of India on August 27. Four weeks into Lalit’s...

Rohingya youth confesses to killing 4 through a...

A pistol in hand, wearing black and white half sleeve t-shirt identifying himself as Mohammad Hashim, a Rohingya youth living in the shelter centre of Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar, confessed to killing four Rohingyas through a video message. The youth said, he felt it was...

SAM Special

What Mohan Bhagwat’s visit to a Madrasa tells us about the RSS

A Hindu by accident of birth, I remain an agnostic by virtue of the application of mind. As a student of culture, nonetheless, I fully recognise the great hold that religious beliefs have on the minds of people. Indeed, a recent international poll found that India is one of the world’s most religious countries. Over the past few years, particularly, the religious question has acquired a precipitate urgency in the life of the nation. Given...

Issues

Why the elevation of Lt Gen. Anil Chauhan as CDS...

Chandigarh: The elevation of retired Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan as the country’s second Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), over nine months after the previous incumbent died in a helicopter crash, is extraordinary in several ways. General Chauhan is the first retired three-star officer ever to return...

Intensifying maximum pressure on Myanmar militar...

Noleen Heyzer, the special envoy of the U.N. general-secretary, claimed that she would not return to Myanmar unless she could meet with former leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her brief visit there for discussions with the military leadership. According to Reuters, Suu Kyi has...

The fifth attempt

Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has attained nirvana. Within the same fortnight, he has met President Vladimir Putin at the SCO summit at Samarkand, attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, been received by the...

India called to task over Covid politicization

The high death toll of the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic is a profound tragedy and a massive societal failure at multiple levels, says the latest report by The Lancet medical journal’s Covid-19 Commission. Putting accountability on the World Health Organization (WHO), the Lancet...

Editor`s Choice

‘15 minutes to save the world’: a terrifying VR journey into the nuclear bunker

‘15 minutes to save the world’: a terrifying...

It became clear that things had gone terribly awry on this particular day when I saw that the most moderate option on the desk in...
3 things I learnt from a 'wasted' two pandemic years

3 things I learnt from a 'wasted' two pandemi...

If you have had contact with people over the past few months, and I don't mean to rub it in if you haven't, then there...
Living with Covid-19: Coming to grips with our anger and angst

Living with Covid-19: Coming to grips with ou...

They call it ennui. You know, that lingering mix of feelings of listlessness and tedium, of being adrift, bereft of neither a sense of anticipation,...

Focus

India

‘Legend, creative disruptor, statesman’ — how an entire genre of books has grown around PM Modi

New Delhi: Earlier this month, at a Delhi auditorium packed with numerous dignitaries, former President of India Ram Nath Kovind launched a book titled Ambedkar & Modi: Reformer’s Ideas, Performer’s Implementation. As the name suggests, the book draws up various similarities between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and social reformer B.R. Ambedkar (“practical in their approach who believe in action rather than thought exercises”), but it also implies that without the former’s efforts, the latter’s ideas might have...
It is going to get worse before it gets better. It is going to be a painful few years ahead.
Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ali Sabry on his country’s economy