Anzac and India: A shared but forgotten camaraderie

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World War 1 continues to be remembered a century later, and the Indian troops who fought in various sectors are being acknowledged now more than ever before. Gallipoli and Anzac has emerged as a unifying national event in Australia and New Zealand and the significant Indian contribution needs to be celebrated alongside. Continue reading

Modi’s airstrikes have called Pak’s nuclear bluff

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He has raised the ante after Pathankot, Uri, Pulwama and numerous other Kashmir related incidents. Justified reaction to actions. This means a lot to domestic politics. Though BJP’s unpalatable solution to Kashmir is quite far. This is an area where … Continue reading

Why I am Not a Hindu

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This is the title of a book written by Kancha Illaiah[i]. I stumbled upon the book searching for Shashi Tharoor’s book titled ‘Why I am a Hindu’, which I wanted to read out of curiosity and not self-affirmation. Illaiah’s book … Continue reading

Karnataka Elections and after …

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Dangers of a one-party rule from Panchayat to Parliament will see the demise of democracy. Further, a religion backed ideology will put a strain on minorities, even with all the assurances of the BJP. It is too late for them to shed the self-created mantle of Hinduism. Karnataka elections will impact the future of democracy. Continue reading

Was Doklam to tame the Dragon?

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China’s foreign policy and strategy seek a military supremacy over the US. While it talks of regional leadership and supremacy, it actually challenges the US which is at an economic disadvantage with China. The desire for leadership lie in China’s history and growth. Continue reading

Is North Korea a Diversion for a US-Jordan Invasion of Syria?

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  Article source : Is North Korea a Diversion for a US-Jordan Invasion of Syria? Most of it is shadow boxing. A storm in a teacup. Here is the reason why. 1. N Korea is incapable of waging war with … Continue reading

BJP claims Modi-Sharif talks ‘a breakthrough’; Congress questions PM’s peace move – The Times of India

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The BJP on Friday claimed major breakthrough in India-Pakistan ties as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Source: BJP claims Modi-Sharif talks ‘a breakthrough’; Congress questions PM’s peace move – The Times of India Modi waves with … Continue reading

To a Skylark by PB Shelly

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Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!                 Bird thou never wert,          That from Heaven, or near it,                 Pourest thy full heart In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.          Higher still and higher                 From the earth thou springest          Like a cloud … Continue reading

Modi’s Hectic November!

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“Modi! Modi! Modi!” chanted the crowd, which seemed to have learnt from watching the videos of his speech in New York. With hands going up like a slanted salute to take mobile phone snap shots, it appeared like they were … Continue reading

Silky slippery roads: Indian and Chinese diplomacy

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Medieval diplomacy, border incursions and balance of power ideas detract the relations between China and India. There is no end in sight to this game and an underlying distrust frames the relations. This is unlike the how these nations treat western powers, or do they live in their shadow of influence. China and India have a lot to gain by developing a mutual trust. Continue reading