Doklam stand-off: China yields, but India can’t afford to relax

On August 28, India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) and China’s ministry of foreign affairs announced the end of the stand-off between the troops of the two countries at Doka La in Doklam (Donglam for Chinese) area’s Dolam plateau, which is at the India-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction near the Indian state of Sikkim. The whole area falls… Read More »

World must not fail Rohingya Muslims facing genocide in Myanmar

Today, the wretched Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are again facing a genocidal campaign against them by the Burmese government. The recent wave of atrocities against them started with the killing of nine Burmese policemen in Rakhine State by alleged Rohingya “insurgent terrorists” on October 9, 2016. Since then, tens of thousands of Burmese troops have… Read More »

INS Betwa accident: Is the Indian Navy a serious military force?

The toppling of INS Betwa, a Brahmaputra-class guided-missile frigate, puts a huge note of interrogation on the Indian Navy — a force on whose competency rests not only India’s maritime security, but aspirations to become a global power. The December 4 accident, which took place at the naval dockyard in Mumbai while undocking after undergoing… Read More »

Post-truth: Here’s why Donald Trump won US presidential election

It is a month today since Republican Donald John Trump — a billionaire businessman, TV personality, aspiring wall builder, misogynist, racist, Islamophobe, climate-change denier, pussy grabber, and rookie politician — wrested the presidency of the United States in the most statistics-defying American election, in my memory at least. His unlikely and spectacular victory over his… Read More »