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india china border tension

India appears in no mood to cave in under China’s bullying tactics India-China stand-off at Doklam, an area that lies at the corner of India-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction, continues. Beginning from the first week of June over denial of road construction by Chinese troops through the Doklam plateau, it is the first border face-off which has over-last all previous records of stand-off between the two countries since the 1962 war. More than a month has passed and [...]

prithvi-II missile test

In spite of being a responsible country, India has to put resources and material to meet challenges from ravenous and menacing neighbours like Pakistan. The recent successful test-firing of surface-to-surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha should be seen in this context. Prithvi-II with a strike range of 350 km is a tactical missile and is capable of carrying 500kg to 1,000 kg of warheads. Armed with advanced [...]

paris climate agreement

While several countries are disappointed with the US after its President Donald Trump announced withdrawing his country from the Paris agreement on climate change, India has stood its ground on the issue. And in this regard Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly said that whether the Paris pact survives the shock from the US withdrawal from the deal or not, India is committed to preserve and protect climate. “Paris or no Paris, our commitment to [...]

Saharanpur Caste Violence

  How administrative mishandling can lead to intense caste war, Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur is a clear example. Three persons have so far lost their life and several others injured in clashes between upper caste Thakur community members and the Dalits in the district. Clash started between them on small issues. While commemorating Maharana Pratap anniversary, the Thakur community members took out a procession amid loud and cacophonic music. Dalit community members objected to it as [...]

Kulbhushan Jadhav Case in ICJ

  Pakistan is still quaking following the International Court of Justice’s order to Islamabad to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an ex-Indian naval official who has been convicted by the country’s military court for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorism in Pakistan. The Hague-based 12-bench member court made it clear that “Pakistan shall ensure that Mr Jadav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the court of [...]

india pakistan tension

Public pressure on the Narendra Modi government is building on to act against rogue Pakistan, the South Asian country whose army again indulged in brutal mutilation of two Indian soldiers’ bodies. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is looking after the Ministry of Defence also, has delayed his visit to Japan where he was supposed to attend the annual Asian Development Bank meeting. The government has given Indian army free hand to punish inveterate Pakistan for [...]

indian railways digitisation

Speaking at a function in Raipur, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu recently said: “Development of rail would lead to the development of the country.” Indeed, the kind of value that the railways imparts to the country on its social, economic, geographic and strategic plane, Suresh Prabhu’s statement could not be seen as an exaggeration. It is virtually the country’s lifeline, which started its journey in 1853 when the first train chugged out of Bori Bunder station [...]

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 [...]