Trump seems to believe the best is yet to come — in trade, defence and energy.
Statistically, if the entire anti-BJP vote consolidates, then the story is actually of counter-polarisation, not old-school BJP polarisation. So BJP was able to win 34 seats in the 2013 Delhi assembly polls with a 33% vote share because the anti-BJP vote split between AAP and Congress. Now, it has just eight seats despite a 6% jump simply because Congress has touched 4.3%.
Home Minister Amit Shah's term as BJP President may prove to be among the most significant turning points in the evolution of India's right wing politics.
The National Population Register (NPR), which is under the political spotlight now, is a crucial link in this chain that has changed the way India targets its poor for welfare initiatives. To not hold or, in any way, delay the NPR exercise in 2020 will be far more politically counterproductive than the ongoing citizenship row. Just how?
China, at Pakistan's behest, is learnt to have brought up Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane’s recent remarks on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at the UN Security Council meet on Wednesday, in its failed attempt to build a case that India was preparing a military action against its western neighbour.
The current crisis in West Asia hangs by a fine balance — and held by the stability of oil prices
India, for its part, will have to reconcile Iranian regional ambitions with a repackaged US idea of global power.
Any files related to defence policy issues would still have to pass through the Defence Secretary.
In the coming year, the political focus will largely shift squarely on governance.
There’s no doubt that CAA along with Article 370 decision and Ayodhya order have recast foreign policy priorities.
Trade big ones from small
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The 2nd battle of Lutyens
The battle for 2019 is underway. And it’s not happening in the far reaches of election-bound states like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, but in the corridors of power in New Delhi. Three key fights...
There’s no half-way mandir
RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat’s call to the government to pass a law or promulgate an ordinance to build a Ram mandir in Ayodhya is a clear message of intent. But, politically, it’s still a fair...
Turning a new chinar leaf?
The imposition of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir can never be an ideal outcome of any political process, especially since the strategic endeavour of the Indian State has been to strengthen and deepen democracy...
The rebalancer of power
Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be judged by history as the prime minister who orchestrated India’s strategic shift to the US. Foreign policy practitioners prefer to call it ‘rebalancing’. But the fact is that he made...
Wise Judgment on Judges
An all-India exam for judges will lead to an objective benchmark