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S. N. M. Abdi

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A path strewn with thorns

The gunning down of five civilians by army men after the mysterious molestation of a young girl in broad daylight and the unending curfew highlight the grim reality confronting Mehbooba Mufti who has just been sworn in as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir.

April 26, 2016

Class war engulfs elite universities

Barely a month ago, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was being vilified as the den of anti-nationals simply because some students shouted slogans denouncing prevailing sectarian, casteist and authoritarian policies.

April 10, 2016

Big test awaits Gandhis

The assembly elections looming on India’s horizon are being billed as a mini-referendum on the performance of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Narendra Modi-led national government.

March 26, 2016

Learning from Indian peacekeepers

These days there is precious little about India that one can be proud of. But good news has just drifted in from afar about the exemplary conduct of Indian Army soldiers and policemen filling my heart with justified pride in our men in uniform.

March 19, 2016

JNU: Media trial a blot on democracy

Judiciary is one of the pillars of democracy within India’s constitutional framework.

February 28, 2016

Racism can shatter India-Africa ties

Racism hangs heavy in the air Indians breathe — a fact demonstrated yet again by the vicious attack on a female Tanzanian college student in Bengaluru.

February 16, 2016

So much for Modi’s anti-graft claims

Guess who is the biggest beneficiary of the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase and the inevitable postponement of Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan amid accusations and counter-accusations hurled by nuclear neighbors?

January 26, 2016

Intelligentsia will not spare BJP in 2016 too

In India’s Order of Precedence, or the republic’s official hierarchy of government functionaries, the vice president is ranked above the prime minister but below the president.

January 20, 2016

Bangladesh hit by India’s beef politics

What transpires between a diplomat posted abroad and politicians of the host country is usually kept under wraps.

December 27, 2015

Peace is the only option

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demeanor and body language when he met his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, in Paris has sent a chill down the spine of his die-hard supporters who extol him as Hindu Hriday Samrat, or King of Hindu Hearts.

December 08, 2015