MUST-WIN FOR BJP IN DELHI POLLS
Having failed to perform satisfactorily in the Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand elections, the BJP realizes that its rank and file will be hugely demoralized if it does not fare well in the forthcoming Delhi polls.
MILITARY MIGHT AT R-DAY PARADE
Anti-satellite weapon ‘Shakti’, lethal artillery gun ‘Dhanush’, and newly-inducted helicopters Apache and Chinook were among the key military assets showcased by India for the first time at the Republic Day parade on 26 January.
INDIA - PAKISTAN: DEALING WITH PAKISTAN'S AMBITIONS ON KASHMIR
Pakistan’s diplomatic offensive on Kashmir has gained some traction with the EU Parliament debating the issue along with the controversial Citizen’s (Amendment) Act (CAA).
EXPERT ANALYSES UNION BUDGET 2020-21: A MIXED BAG
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s second Budget presented three themes -- aspiring India, economic development, caring society. And it seeks to cater to the demand side of the economy by trying to put more money in the hands of individuals.
DELHI ELECTION: BJP HOPES TO GAIN FROM CAA INSTILLED POLARISATION
The anti-CAA protests took a violent turn as a 17-year-old teenager Thursday shot a Kashmiri protester near Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi.
TROUBLED TIME FOR MODI
The students’ unrest, however, which is spreading like wildfire across the nation, and the protests by large sections of people against the citizenship law, have belied the BJP’s hopes of having a free run in the foreseeable future in presiding over the country’s destiny from panchayats to parliament, as Union home minister Amit Shah once said.
CAA DEBATE IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: INDIA UNDER PRESSURE
Much to the relief of India, the European Parliament Wednesday decided to put off a vote on a resolution critical of India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) to a session beginning on March 2. The move is being seen as linked to the upcoming India-EU Summit next month.
LAYING A ROAD MAP FOR THE FIRST CDS
Laying a road map for the first CDS, General Rawat, Gurmeet Kanwal (former director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi) suggests the first item on the agenda “should be the formulation of integrated operational plans.
JNU VIOLENCE: STUDENT POLITICS
The violence on 5 January night at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has become an issue of national debate.
EXPERT ANALYSES- AT 5%, GDP TO GROW AT THE SLOWEST IN MORE THAN A DECADE
Ahead of the Union Budget for 2020-21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Thursday met economists and sector experts to discuss the state of the economy and steps which can be taken to revive growth which is projected to drop to 5 per cent this fiscal.
EXPERT ANALYSES- US-IRAN STAND DOWN: RISKS FOR INDIA IN CASE OF ESCALATION
Prospects of war in the Gulf have receded after both US and Iran stood down.
JAMMU AND KASHMIR: BJP IN A TIGHT CORNER
The government’s policies on Kashmir give the impression that it has bitten off more than it can chew. This is also probably true of the citizenship issue as well, but more of that later.
JAMMU AND KASHMIR: ‘FUNDAMENTAL DISAFFECTION' HAS NOT GONE AWAY
A convoy of three dozen Union ministers descended on the newlycreated Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir last week to promote development plans of the Centre.
COMMENT - ATTACK ON SIKH SHRINE EXPOSES PAKISTAN'S DISDAIN FOR MINORITIES
On January 3, a mob of more than 400 extremists attacked Nankana Sahib Gurdwara, a Sikh shrine barely 62 kms from Lahore, in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
CHINA UNSUCCESSFULLY RAISES KASHMIR AT UNSC
For the third time since the abrogation of J&K on August 5, China raised the Kashmir issue at Pakistan’s behest, for informal consultations at a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
RSS INFLUENCE IS HURTING THE BJP
Little appears to be going right for the BJP.
INDIA - US: TRUMP OFFERS TO ‘HELP' ON KASHMIR YET AGAIN
US President Donald Trump’s latest comments on Kashmir, made ahead of his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the margins of the World Economic Forum at Davos, analysts feel have come at an inopportune moment.
EXPERT ANALYSES: A SERIOUS ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN
Despite the apparent ‘green shoots’ implying the worst may be over, last week, two agencies, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and domestic rating and research agency India Ratings and Research, both reduced GDP growth prospects of 2020.
CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) ACT: REPERCUSSIONS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was restrained in her response in an interview to Dubai’s Gulf News daily to a question on the country’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
AIR FORCE SUKHOI JETS BASED IN S INDIA TO COUNTER CHINA
Economic Times understands that a squadron of six Sukhoi30 specially modified fighter jets, each carrying the 2.5 tonne air-launched supersonic BrahMos cruise missile, will be based in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district. Last Monday, the IAF commissioned the 222 squadron, also known as ‘Tigersharks’.
CAA, NRC Have Polarised Politics And Society
Hearing over 140 petitions, mostly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde of the Supreme Court Wednesday refused to grant any stay without hearing the Centre. The bench gave four weeks to the government to file a reply.
CAA AND NRC: DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL REPERCUSSIONS
Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the country wide implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NCR) continue across India and in many universities.
PAKISTAN'S INTERNAL TURMOIL: INDIAN PERSPECTIVE
Just when Pakistan seemed set on a linear course with Prime Minister Imran Khan giving a three-year extension to the chief of army staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa in August, the Supreme Court upset the course by striking down the order.
EXPERT ANALYSES - A CRITIQUE ON THE ECONOMY
Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan said last week India is in the midst of a “growth recession” with signs of deep malaise in the economy that is being run through extreme centralisation of power in Prime Minister’s Office and powerless ministers.
EXPERT ANALYSES THE GREAT SLOWDOWN AMIDST SIGNS OF A TURNAROUND
Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has said India is facing a “Great Slowdown” with its economy headed for intensive care unit primarily due to a “second wave” of the twin balance sheet crisis at banks.
INDIA ARMY RECEIVES NEW SIG SAUER ASSAULT RIFLES FOR INDUCTION AT BORDERS
India will soon begin induction of a new assault rifle from the American firm SiG Sauer‘s stable for its soldiers posted along the Pakistan and China border, almost 15 years after it first began a search for new infantry weapons to replace the indigenous INSAS rifles.
ARMY INDIA NAMES COUNTERINSURGENCY EXPERT LT GEN. NARAVANE AS NEXT ARMY
India on Dec. 16 named counterinsurgency operations expert Lt Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane as the next Chief of Army Staff of the 1.4- million force beginning new year 2020.
INDIA, US MAY SIGN KEY MILITARY DEAL DURING DEFENCE, FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET
India and the US will hold their second 2+2 ministerial dialogue among their defence and foreign ministers on Dec. 18 in Washinton, D. C., when the two sides are expected to discuss and finalise the full extent of their bilateral relations.
FACTORS BEHIND THE VIOLENCE ON CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) ACT (CAA) AND NATIONAL REGISTER OF CITIZENS (NRC)
Despite assurances by the BJP that the new citizenship law will not affect the Indian Muslims, there have been widespread agitations against the controversial legislation.
THE CONTENTIOUS CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE CONTROVERSIES AROUND IT
Both houses of Parliament last week passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill according to which members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till December 31, 2014, facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.