Nitin Pai

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Three thoughts on Independence Day

On preserving liberty, preserving India Can we keep our Republic? All this has held for close to seven decades, so much that we take the Indian Republic’s survival for granted. Yet our confidence might be as contingent as the scepticism...

The new Indian National Interest

The watering hole has shifted Head over to Indian National Interest to catch high quality conversations on strategic affairs, public policy and governance. Follow @INI_tiate on Twitter.

Can I have an opinion on how to annihilate caste?

Social reform is too important an issue to surrender to an ideological monopoly It’s twitter. So it should not be surprising that it didn’t long for my tweet supporting ACLU against Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees to turn into...

Three thoughts for the Republic

On defending democracy from populists, reminding the Supreme Court of its duty to protect liberty and on upholding representative democracy. For quiet contemplation on Republic Day: Eternal nervousness might be the price of democracy Should liberals relax when populists are...

America defeats itself

There will be fewer takers for US promises in Asia now As promised, Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a regional preferential trade agreement that his predecessor put together to secure American primacy...

How social change happens?

The speed and legitimacy of social change Here’s a chart that compares various ways social change can be attempted. In the light of contemporary public debates on a number of issues — most of which land up in the Supreme...

Being credible

New Delhi must not buckle to Chinese pressure in its engagement of Indo-Pacific countries. After hiatus of over a year, I resume my monthly column in the Business Standard on the geopolitics and geoeconomics of the Indo-Pacific region. As the...

Geopolitics in Trump’s age

Perhaps it’s time for new champions of democracy, liberty and open economies I was in a panel discussion with Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia Journalism School and T K Arun, senior editor of the Deccan Herald at the Deccan...

Trump is not Putin’s puppet

Stop worrying about Trump being in Putin’s pocket. Start thinking of how to deal with him. Donald Trump’s attitude and statements both during the election campaign and after his victory have led many analysts to conclude that the new president...

Medalless army

The defence ministry must quickly resume issuing official medals. Last week, a colleague and I were struck by what we saw at a new military supplies store that had opened in our neighbourhood. Among the usual uniforms, shoes, hats, bags...
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