Silent diplomacy more effective than high-profile one

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Diplomacy is not just about hype and hoopla as many of our television era journalists would like us to believe. It is a serious business and there is little scope for theatrics. Sometimes too much publicity and media-hype harms the larger cause of the nation.

Collapsing credibility Of Western media: An opportunity for India

By Saeed Naqvi,

Even the skeptics now agree that India shall be a power in the Asian century. To insure this rise to the top, India must maximize all its assets. One asset for which it has a reputation is a lively media, a function of a relatively stable democratic order since independence.

Modi visit to Siachen: Deed must match word

By C. Uday Bhaskar,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Siachen Glacier on the festive occasion of Diwali (Oct 23 ) to spend time with the Indian military units that are deployed at altitudes of 22,000 feet in what is often described as the highest battlefield in the world.

Shootout in Ottawa: Indian-Canadian MP's first person account

By Nina Grewal,

When Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking at about 9.30 a.m. Wednesday in a caucus room of parliament, we heard a couple of shots. We were not alarmed as we thought some construction work was going on. Then, more shots were heard and we were alarmed, more so as the Prime Minister was in the room, standing and speaking.

Why China does not want a boundary settlement with India

By Ranjit Singh Kalha,

Recent transgressions by Chinese troops in the northern border areas of India and the protest note by the Chinese foreign office on road building in Arunachal Pradesh have again highlighted the fact that the Sino-Indian boundary issue remains to be settled, despite negotiations for nearly half a century.

Congress’ decline continues

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

With the BJP’s convincing win in Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections earlier this week, Congress’ steady decline has deepened further. There is an ominous signal in Maharashtra that forebodes a UP-Bihar like long-standing setback in the western state too.

Missing prior strategy reduces Muslims’ representation in Assembly

By A. Mirsab,,

Mumbai: Maharashtra Muslims have collectively managed to send total 9 MLAs of their community to the assembly for the next five years which was made clear on Sunday after the counting of votes for 15th October elections in the state. Earlier there were 10 MLAs from the community belonging to different parties.

The toilet test

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

On the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on October 2, 2019, nobody will defecate in the open anywhere in India. By then every one of us will have a toilet to go to. This is the target of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that the Prime Minister launched earlier this month to mark the mahatma’s 145th birth anniversary.

Tolerance and India's plurality

By Amit Kapoor,

The world is becoming increasingly connected, both physically and digitally. It has raised the fundamental ‘death of distance’ debate. According to the debate, the pro-side believes that the world is becoming increasingly flat while the opponents point to the relative non-availability of data about internationalization to conclusively say that distance is dead. While we believe that, 'distance' still matters, we do feel that increasingly there is a movement towards distance becoming irrelevant over a longer time frame.

Indian hockey back in feel good zone

By Anand Philar,

Indian hockey could not have asked for a better Diwali gift than two gold medals in the space of three weeks to set the mood for the Festival of Lights.

While the 17th Asian Games gold medal at Incheon, South Korea, from the men's team was to be expected given the average opposition, the title triumph in the Sultan of Johor Cup junior tournament in Malaysia Sunday was more creditable with the Indian colts displaying exemplary character and aggression.