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Vappala Balachandran

India’s Abstention At The UN On Myanmar Vote

Jun 23, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

It does not meet the objective of keeping China under check for which the next “Quad” Summit is meeting later this year.

Rebels Without A Cause: Duplicity Of Retired Babus Giving Unsolicited Advise

Jun 14, 2021 Sachin Shridhar

How some retired bureaucrats morph into indignant conscience keepers of the nation.


Twitter, Whatsapp And Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s US Tour

Regime needles US tech giants in the backdrop of foreign minister’s US visit

Central Encroachment Into West Bengal Even After Elections

May 14, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

Ignoring all federal principles, fresh moves are afoot to use central government agencies to embarrass the West Bengal government which was elected with a massive majority.


Police Reforms In America After The George Floyd Killing

Following the Floyd incident, several states in the US including New York have banned ‘chokeholds’.

15 April, 2021

Did The Election Commission Err Over Sitalkuchi Firing?

Vappala Balachandran

On April 10, the CISF had opened fire on a ‘hostile’ crowd near Polling Booth number 126, killing 4 people


25 March, 2021

Mumbai Potboiler: Politicians Vs. Police

Vappala Balachandran

Any number of examples could be quoted when conscientious police chiefs had defied political leadership to protect the public from criminals and safeguard police morale.


11 March, 2021

Will The Quad Summit Dare Mention China?

Vappala Balachandran

Beijing appears wary of the first appearance of US President Joe Biden with Indian, Australian and Japanese PMs at the March 12 summit


25 February, 2021

Facial Recognition Systems: More Hype Than Reality

Vappala Balachandran

The technology behind facial recognition systems is still work in progress. Yet Delhi police used it extensively to "identify" and arrest people said to be behind the 2020 riots.


13 February, 2021

The Koch-Rajbongshi Conundrum And The 2021 Elections

Vappala Balachandran

Home Minister Amit Shah’s meeting with the Cooch Behar Royal family underlines the influence of the divided community.


28 January, 2021

What Biden Needs To Know About Afghanistan

Vappala Balachandran

Pakistan’s strategic aim of installing a Taliban controlled government in Kabul is only to destabilize India


14 January, 2021

Capitol Hill, Delhi Anti-Sikh Riots And The Missing Military

Vappala Balachandran

In both these instances, much violence could have been prevented if the army had been deployed on time.


31 December, 2020

Kashmir DDC Elections: Hype Vs Reality

Vappala Balachandran

Were we vainglorious on the ‘peaceful’ holding of the Kashmir District Development Council Elections, which are not even statutory bodies created by legislature?


16 December, 2020

Bringing John Le Carre In From The Cold

Vappala Balachandran

A top Indian sleuth demystifies one of the world’s best-known spy authors


01 December, 2020

Social Media and PsyWars: A Lesson From South Korea

Vappala Balachandran

The aggressive use of social media can win an election, or a war. It’s time to choose.


12 November, 2020

Will Joe Biden’s China Policy Work?

Vappala Balachandran

The US President-elect has pledged a ‘tough’ policy towards Beijing, while co-operating ‘where our interests converge’


14 October, 2020

Why Was Air Power Not Used In 1962?

Vappala Balachandran

During 1962 India - China war, the Chinese Air Force was rated to be the third biggest and strongest Air Force in the world, the only countries ahead of China being the USA and Russia.


24 September, 2020

Jinnah's Role In Weakening Indian Territorial Integrity

Vappala Balachandran

Muhammad Ali Jinnah had demanded autonomy for the provinces and one third Muslim presence in all ministries. That was the beginning of the games played by the British in capitalizing on the fears of minorities in India.


Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

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