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A journalist who has been covering diplomatic beat for years

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Arunachal Pradesh Conflict

Over reaction to anything backfires and China knows this truth very well. The manner in which Beijing has angrily reacted to the Dalai Lama’s recent week-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India’s Northeastern state, it doesn’t appear China believes in patience or diplomatic negotiations to iron out problems. First, it threatened India through its mouth piece China Daily newspaper that “if New Delhi Chooses to play dirty… Beijing should not hesitate to answer blows with blows.” [...]

donald trump signs h1B visa order

With virtually nothing to show in three months of his presidential term, Donald Trump’s way of fulfilling poll promises has potential to harm American interests in general. In one go the maverick American President, who has earned brickbats than any bouquet, signed on 18 April an executive order on stricter enforcement of H-1B visa, a non-immigrant visa which allows US employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialized occupations like Information Technology. Over the past [...]

April 18, 2017
triple talaq controversy

It is an irony that when more than 20 countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have abolished ‘triple talaq’, India is still struggling with this invidious practice wherein a Muslim individual divorces his wife by pronouncing talaq three times in one sitting. There have been instances when a drunk Muslim man has divorced his wife by pronouncing ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’ in his inebriated state of mind. Recently, a pregnant woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district wrote [...]

by poll result 2017

AAP leader Ashutosh’s recent article on NDTV’s web portal appeared as a lengthy defense for his party’s defeat in the by-poll for Delhi’s Rajouri Garden assembly seat. As this defeat occurred close on the heels of a series of drubbings the AAP suffered in the recent assembly elections in five states in the country, he expressed in his writing that he didn’t like media writing off his party’s electoral capability. In fact, some news outlets [...]

kulbhushan jadhav death sentence

The plot is thickening over the death penalty awarded to former Indian naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, by a military court in Pakistan. In fact, India for the 14th time was denied consular access to meet Jadhav in Pakistan. Experts have started suspecting that Pakistan military personnel might have tortured and killed the 46-year old ex-navy officer. External Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Gopal Baglay’s statement that India has no idea about Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location or condition gives [...]

Delhi MCD Polls 2017

No one remembers municipal polls in Delhi witnessing such high-voltage campaigning. These polls used to be the off-the-block kinds, where mainstream political parties hardly invested so much money, energy and enthusiasm as they are doing now to win municipal wards. Buoyed by its performance in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, the BJP is sparing no effort to have the same kind of performance in Delhi municipal polls also. To regain control [...]

Sheikh Hasina's India Visit

When Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina landed in New Delhi for a four-day visit to India on April 7, she was received at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was a rare gesture from India to the Bangladesh Prime Minister, hinting categorically, the importance that New Delhi attached to the visit, the first one after Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014. New Delhi offered a line of credit (LoC) of worth US$5 [...]

Attacks on African Nationals in india

The incident of physical assault on Nigerian students in Greater Noida following the death of a school boy due to overdose of drugs, cannot become an impediment in the way of India’s pro-active engagement with Africa. Nor African diplomats’-issued joint statement, in which they called the attack “racial” and “xenophobic”, would derail relations between the two sides. Yet, it is not something which could be put under the carpet, especially now that some heads of [...]

congress-gears-up-for-delhi-municipal-corporation-elections

Contesting on all 272 seats, spread over three municipal bodies of the national capital, the Congress is trying to field for those who have a chance to win. The party has adopted a sharp and a different strategy in contrast to the BJP, which has decided to field entirely new faces for the elections. The Congress has chosen to re-nominate all 83 councilors, besides giving tickets to winnable candidates. A three-member screening committee that included [...]

Yogendra Yadav: Swaraj India

  In a normal situation, municipal or local body elections don’t excite public, or for that matter, catch the media attention. But when Delhi goes to witness its municipal elections (April 23), all national mainstream or sidestream news/blog outlets are busy reporting each and every activity of political parties and their representatives, as if they were parliamentary or assembly elections. Primarily, there are two key reasons for generating public and media interests in the municipal [...]