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  • Opinion: Adityanath Selection Exposes Limits Of Modi's Power
    Jyoti Malhotra
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his first mistake by helping appoint Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. By installing a man as polarizing and malignant as the five-time MP and head of the Gorakhnath Peeth, Modi has told us that the gloves are off. That, just like Adityanath himself promised, the installation of a Hindu Rashtr...
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  • Opinion: The Growing Role Of Government-Approved Think Tanks
    Jyoti Malhotra
    When the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) pulled its Rs 1 crore annual grant to the Institute of Chinese Studies at the end of January, the rest of the think-tank community sat up and took notice.
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  • Opinion: India-China Talks Next Week Will Be Influenced By Trump
    Jyoti Malhotra
    If India has the benefit of Trump's support vis-a-vis China, there is no question that it will be able to gain much greater leverage, even though it is a much smaller economy than China's, and much less able to project power.
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  • Opinion: Pak's Action Against Hafiz Saeed To Placate Trump - And China
    Jyoti Malhotra
    On Monday night in Lahore, soon after Hafiz Saeed was placed under "preventive detention" at his Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity office, he called a press conference and accused Narendra Modi and Donald Trump of putting pressure on the Pakistan government to take action against him, then drove off home in his own car. That was when his house was declared a ...
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  • Opinion: In Modi Embracing UAE Crown Prince At Plane, Crucial Signals
    Jyoti Malhotra
    The sight of Arab troops marching down Rajpath for the first time ever is an intensely transforming moment, not only for India's relationship with the United Arab Emirates - from where the contingent came - or the rest of the Arab world, but also an incredibly ambitious attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to once again pitch himself as a reliab...
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  • Opinion: Nitish Kumar's Game In Mingling With The BJP And Modi
    Jyoti Malhotra
    Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar is turning out to be a cannier politician than previously imagined, reaffirming the anti-BJP coalition with RJD's Lalu Yadav and the Congress on the one hand, and making overtures to his former political enemy, the BJP, on the other, thereby signalling to his coalition partners not to ...
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  • Opinion: Rahul Gandhi's Holiday Cheer Has Opposite Effect On Congress
    Jyoti Malhotra
    The results of the state elections will undoubtedly be a vote on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reign; they will also be a wake-up call for Rahul Gandhi's leadership of the party. It is unlikely, though, that the Congress looks at it this way. For better or worse, the dynasty is here to stay.
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  • Opinion: China Offers New Proof That It Is A Major Challenge For Modi
    Jyoti Malhotra
    India and China will begin the new year on a sour note, as Beijing confirmed Delhi's worst fears by blocking a UN Security Council-mandated committee from blacklisting Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, thereby throwing a lifeline of support to its client state, Pakistan.
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  • Opinion: Pak-Russia-China Get Closer. What That Means For India
    Jyoti Malhotra
    Just when it seemed new, possible alignments were emerging on the international stage towards the end of 2016, possibly to distract from India's renewed obsession with domestic matters such as demonetisation, US president-elect Donald Trump has spun the wheel in a different direction, calling up old enemies to possibly assist with challenging new o...
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  • Opinion: Awe Of Surgical Strikes Apart, Modi Needs New Pak Policy
    Jyoti Malhotra
    With Nagrota comes the realization that the collusion of terror between the Pakistani "deep state" (the army and the ISI) and anti-India jihadist groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed operating inside Pakistan is too deep for it to be dismantled by an occasional terror strike under the cover of night and for the purpose of soothi...
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  • Opinion: Notes Ban Is A Solid Move. But Team Modi's Messaging Is Not.
    Jyoti Malhotra
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tearful defence yesterday of his war against the parallel black money economy is both an admission that the war is tougher and will last much longer than he expected, as well as the unstated frustration that his initiatives outside the country are received with greater appreciation than at home.
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  • Opinion: China Objection To US Ambassador's Arunachal Trip Is Good News For India
    Jyoti Malhotra
    Delhi believes the US ambassador's visit to Tawang reinforces its claim to that piece of real estate. The Indian side is somewhat unhappy that the talks on the border dispute between the two Special Representatives, Ajit Doval and Yang Jiechi, are going nowhere, although 19 rounds have concluded since 2003 when the mechanism was set up.
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  • Opinion: Signs Of China Embracing Pak More Tightly
    Jyoti Malhotra
    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare to meet again in just over a fortnight on the occasion of the BRICS summit in Goa on October 18, both sides will be closely watching for signs of greater mutual understanding and mutual accommodation on issues that have evaded resolution for some time.
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  • Opinion: PM Modi's SAARC Boycott Is Effective, Intelligent Move Against Pak
    Jyoti Malhotra
    If India had been the only country to opt out of the SAARC summit, the Pakistanis in particular and the world in general would have been tempted to put it down to a revengeful decision by the Prime Minister.
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  • Opinion: Why Modi Must Continue Showing Patience With Pak
    Jyoti Malhotra
    On the Dawn News discussion on Monday night, nearly 48 hours after the Uri attack, retired general Amjad Shoaib began to speak evenly enough about his country's views on the attack in particular and the terrible human rights violations taking place in the Kashmir Valley in general.
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