Author: David Devadas

On This Triple Anniversary, India Is Glowing Geopolitically

  Three different anniversaries have come around this 15th of April. It marks 50 days of the war in Ukraine. It’s exactly eight months since the Taliban took Kabul. And today is exactly 22 months since the Galwan battle in Ladakh. The way all three have played out has made India shine geopolitically. Now that …

A Huge Proxy War Of World Powers Has Been Kicked Off In Pakistan

Many of us have analysed the ongoing battles in Ukraine as a proxy war by the US against Russia. As proxy contests go, however, that may be outstripped by the trial of strength between the world’s major agencies in the power games that are likely to play out in Pakistan in the next few weeks. …

Why Reporters Choose To Face Death To Cover Violence — It’s A Vocation

The killing of a freelance filmmaker-journalist in Ukraine on Sunday stirred up some long-latent memories. I was reminded of the day I learnt the meaning of the word, speechless. I couldn’t utter a sound, try as hard as I might. Not for several interminable minutes. It was the summer of ‘94, and I had just …

Opinion: Election Results Brighten Yogi’s Future; Question Is, How Far In The Future?

The just concluded round of assembly elections have churned up two prospective prime ministerial candidates, Yogi Adityanath and Arvind Kejriwal — apart from Mamata Banerjee, who apparently threw her hat in the Goa ring with precisely that national ambition in mind. Aged 49 and 53 respectively, both Yogi and Kejriwal have time on their side. …

Why India Must Play Peace-Maker Between Russia & The West

Developments in Ukraine, and the world’s responses, have given India an extraordinary opportunity to try and bring Russia closer to the West, by playing a proactive role in negotiating peace. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been called and acknowledged by top leaders on both sides, could even invite the two presidents for talks in …

Cuba to Afghanistan & Iraq: Recent History is Full of Lessons for Putin

What is happening in Ukraine right now is replete with obvious parallels from recent history — parallels from which Russian President Vladimir Putin ought to take lessons, as should policymakers in capitals such as New Delhi. One obvious parallel is the Cuban missile crisis. Like President John F Kennedy in 1962, Putin has dug in …

War Clouds Over Ukraine Have Implications For The Sino-India Conflict

For weeks now, the Russian army’s build-up around Ukraine’s borders has been one of the world’s biggest news stories. Many of us have watched it without much interest, but Indians should be very concerned about how that story plays out. For, the geopolitical repercussions could affect our national security. The most obvious impact is that …

Unemployment And Price Rise Lurk Silently In Goa Voters’ Minds

Although most voters remained wary of sharing their ballot preferences even on polling day, two salient issues —unemployment and price rise — seeped out in conversations with those standing or walking near some of Goa’s polling booths. The veritable cattle market of defections that followed the last assembly elections still rankles. The Congress won 17 …

Separatists Think J&K’s Delimitation Proposals Shadow The Dixon Plan

It defies belief, but several among the separatist ranks are pleased with the way the delimitation commission wants to realign seats in Jammu and Kashmir. Consider this: the only new constituency they’ve created in the Kashmir Valley comprises people who, by and large, have been pro-Pakistan. The very name of the constituency sends a tingle …

Academia Should Reflect on How the JNU Story Played Out

It’s ironic that JNU Vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar was rewarded this weekend with the chairmanship of the UGC, just when the anniversary of the explosive controversy over anti-national slogans on the JNU campus is round the corner. One wishes Left and liberal academics would take stock of just how much ground their cherished values have …

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