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Acorn | Middle India’s political game-changer

Why the Annawalas must endorse individual candidates in the coming elections This is the original draft of today’s DNA column. Anna’s candidates It’s the season for game-changers. Everyone is proposing one. Here’s mine. After ending his fast at New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan last month, Anna Hazare announced that “electoral reforms...

The Gold Standard | The post-LokPal world

I have refrained from joining the chorus of discussions because, in times such as this, there is more noise than information or substance. But, when learned friends who ought to know more start talking in binary terms – either you are with Hazare or with the UPA – then it...

Pragmatic | It is the Anna-rchy stupid!

Ends do not justify the means Imagine this scenario. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the patriarchal Kashmiri separatist leader who offered prayers for the slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, decides to protest against Indian “occupation” of Kashmir by hoisting the Pakistani flag at the Red Fort on 15th of...

The Gold Standard | India’s monetary policy

Short, concise and good comment by Ajit Ranade in MINT on why RBI should hike rates today. 25-basis points is baked in the cake since that is what RBI’s review of macro-economic developments suggest, at the minimum. The central bank’s comments on the fiscal policy stance of the Federal government...

Acorn | The Asian Balance: US-Iran rapprochement

Can we help Washington and Tehran to get over it? This is the unedited version of yesterday’s column in Business Standard. As the war in Afghanistan enters what might be an endgame, it remains clear that there is broad convergence of geopolitical interests between two sets of players: Pakistan, Saudi...

Acorn | East Asia, yes. Iran, err.

US State Department’s view on India’s regional role Here’s an excerpt from the transcript of an online Q&A with Robert Blake, US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia. Nitin Pai: You have been one of the few U.S. officials to state that India is part of East...

Pragmatic | US withdrawal will hurt Pakistan army

Some consequences of US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan President Obama has announced the drawdown of US military surge from Afghanistan by the middle of next year. Nearly 33,000 US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by September 2012, which means that 68,000 US troops will still remain in that country. With...

The Broad Mind | Nurturing India’s Maritime Military Resurgence

Commodore RPS Ravi, VSM (Retd) calls for a coherent strategy to protect India’s growing maritime interests. The British, when they ruled India, were circumspect in giving Indians any significant role in maritime matters. It is because, Britain being a maritime power, ruled over many parts of the world through the...

Acorn | Why we need a policy on overseas military deployments

Knee-jerkism is dangerous Manu Pubby reports on the details of the MV Suez-PNS Babur-INS Godavari business in the Indian Express. Pictures and videos of the encounter — which have been shared with Pakistan — show that Babur was deliberately tailing the Godavari so close that it brushed past the Indian...
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