The inclusion of two sparring neighbours into a grouping led by India's regional nemesis is enough to make any head turn and ask whether individual nations will be able to leave aside bilateral differences for the greater good, or whether, like SAARC, cooperation here too will become hostage to the India-Pakistan dispute.
In the last two weeks, while we were busy professing nationalism over the India-Pak match and more, farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra were fighting an unpopular battle, news of which was being reported by regional newspapers.
As Chandrashekhar, the 30-year-old flamboyant chief of the Bhim Army was finally arrested yesterday from Dalhousie, exactly one month after riots broke out in Saharanpur, it's clear that this marks a new chapter in Dalit politics and struggle.
Rs 36,359 crores. That's the farm loan waiver announced by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in April. The new government swiftly took the decision in the first cabinet meeting, making it known that they were serious about a promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But it is this very act of generosity and alacrity that came to bite...
I say this not as a political activist, but as an experienced journalist - the Congress party is losing the plot very fast and with every passing day, it is digging its own grave. As a member of a rival party, I can rejoice at its demise, but as a thinking individual, I can say that this demise will not auger well for Indian politics. The country n...
Of course, we must respect our men in uniform. Of course, we must stand by them when they lay down their lives for the nation. But is this a "war-like" situation, as Arun Jaitley describes it? Or is it a street confrontation with stone-pelters and five-year old kids who kick at soldiers as they do at their own parents to vent their child-like anger...
It's hard to be outraged at Virat Kohli's bid to be rid off Anil Kumble if the rumours of a rift between the coach and the national team are true. It's the business of the coach to get on with his team.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award - and there is only one given out each year - is presented along with National Awards. The recent function where various Bollywood stars were given film awards is an event organised by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy, which is run by some of Phalke's family members
For all its lip service to federalism, the BJP-led government at the centre is systematically undermining powers of the states. The recent restriction and virtual ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter - it amounts to a blanket ban on cow slaughter, for all practical purposes - is one example.
The stoic determination and decency of the British people and their leaders was on full display in the hours after the latest horrific terrorist rampage. The Brits fought back, launching drinking glasses and chairs at the savages who attacked them.