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Domestic And Regional Challenges To Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa

By Samuel Baid Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must be feeling relaxed after the retirement of country’s Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and the appointment of his successor Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who pledged he would always support the civilian government. This pledge must be very reassuring to Sharif who smarted under powerlessness and constant

Islamists flourish as Pakistan languishes

Hiranmay Karlekar One can no longer laughingly dismiss the possibility of Pakistan coming under a fundamentalist dispensation, administering perhaps a slightly moderate version of what the Taliban had imposed on Afghanistan Few countries have paid a greater price for their freedom than Bangladesh, which became independent on December 16, 1971. Pakistan’s Army and its local

Doing the right thing

Chinmaya R. Gharekhan Shiv Visvanathan has written an important article, “Death in Aleppo” (The Hindu, Dec. 16), describing India’s foreign policy with reference to the massacres in Syria, particularly in Aleppo, as “a piece of empty piety”. He is anguished about and critical of the silence that India has maintained over these killings. He says

The art of the non-deal

With the election of Donald Trump as President, U.S. foreign policy is set for some interesting times ahead. Mr. Trump has an unorthodox perspective on China, characterising the U.S.-China economic and trade relationship as unfair and exploitative of the U.S. Throughout his campaign he hammered China’s currency policy and the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing jobs

Syncretism by the seaside

Janaki Nair Now that he has opened his cultural account with a “virtual” appearance at the Coldplay concert in Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take a much-needed break from the tedium of daily governance to “really” visit the Kochi-Muziris Biennale currently under way. Here are six good reasons why. Commingling of cultures A visit

A tale of two schemes

Karen Coelho Now that the dust has settled on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s funeral trail, it may be time to assess the legacies of the governance tactics she was most renowned for: the schemes for free or subsidised products and services that rolled out steadily from her personified governmental brand. The ‘Amma’ goodies,

Connecting With Central Asia

P Stobdan India’s outreach to Kyrgyzstan needs to be more assertive. Kyrgyzstan offers some big-time opportunities for India, especially in hydro-power, mineral, agro-business and defence industry. Besides, the Central Asian nation has been a trusted ally After the visit of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambayev, is visiting New Delhi