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Rajeev Sharma

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India’s exit polls on test again

By the time you read this, the assembly elections results for the Indian states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal and the union territory of Puducherry would have started trickling in. By the afternoon of May 19 all results are expected to be declared.

May 19, 2016

The hunter is now the hunted

These are not the best times for anyone to be the prime minister of India, not even if you are Narendra Modi.

May 12, 2016

Insulating Indo-Pak peace process

It is incomprehensible indeed why after nearly 69 years and three and a half wars — three full-blown wars in 1947-48, 1965 and 1971 and the “half war” in 1999 in Kargil — India and Pakistan are still nursing mutual distrust and hostilities.

May 05, 2016

Modi govt’s performance

The BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just completed two years in office — or shall we say that it has finished 40 percent of its five-year tenure?

April 28, 2016

Giving peace a chance

Next one week or two will be crucial in India-Pakistan bilateral relations. Some crucial decisions can be expected within this period, which will inevitably have a long-term impact on how the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors are going to engage with each other.

April 21, 2016

A make-or-break moment

It is often said in context of India-Pakistan bilateral relations that most stunning and boldest peace initiatives by India have been taken only when the rightist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power, as it is now.

April 14, 2016

Exploring new horizons

Saudi Arabia figures on top of India’s diplomatic and strategic agenda in the Muslim world and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Kingdom on April 2-3 successfully laid a solid foundation to a more pro-active engagement between the two nations.

April 07, 2016

Losing perception battle

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is exposing itself to an unnecessary and avoidable risk of losing the perception management battle.

March 31, 2016

Political litmus test ahead

Two months hence the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be completing two years in office. In the Indian political setup a ruling party is usually in its most vulnerable phase mid-term and the opposition is on the ascendancy.

March 24, 2016

Modi’s charisma on the wane

WHILE major national and regional political parties are bracing for five assembly polls — in four states of Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and West Bengal and the union territory of Puducherry — in the coming weeks and the results will be out on May 19, another important Indian state is having a coun

March 17, 2016