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Charge of the cow brigade


By A K Ghosh Greek mythology recounts the tale of Cassandra, the daughter of King Priam of Troy. When her brother Paris took away Princess Helen from Mycenae in Greece, King Agamemnon took Cassandra as his sister-in-law. After capturing Troy and, subsequently,... More »

After raids on Lalu, what will Nitish do?


By Ashok Malik Despite the loud protests of Congress spokespersons, few seriously believe the CBI raids on the homes and premises of Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P. Chidambaram, and the income-tax crackdown on Lalu Prasad Yadav, a Congress... More »

Activism does impact language of judjments


By Alexander Easton Traub The text of the law at any given time is fixed, but its meaning and application remain a social fact. We tend to wish that judges interpret the law like scientists study nature — impartially, analytically, almost anti-socially, in a s... More »

The majority complex


By Julio Ribeiro It was only 20 years after my meeting with K.S. Sudarshan, the then-sarsanghchalak of the RSS, that I finally realised what he meant by the figure “85”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s spectacular victory in the UP Vidhan Sabha elections opened... More »

The politics of territory


China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a wake-up call for India: Geography is tied to economics and strategy By C Raja Mohan If Delhi was conspicuous by its absence at China’s Belt and Road Forum this week in Beijing, it cited a number of reasons for staying away... More »

China’s takeover of Pakistan


By Harsha Kakar As per reports, China is expected to take over controlling stakes in strategic areas due to repayment issues on projects it funded in Myanmar. China is demanding rights on the critical deep sea port of Kyauk Pyu in the Bay of Bengal, which will... More »

China-Pakistan water pincer against India


By Brahma Chellaney China, which is working to re-engineer the trans-boundary flows of rivers originating in Tibet, has taken its dam-building frenzy to Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan, which is part of Jammu & Kashmir. In a new challenge to India, which cl... More »