Congress and other conventional parties are staring at irrelevance if they do not creatively step up their participation. The coming of age of young leaders not only challenges the BJP, but also all the traditional parties.
Rakhshanda Jalil painstakingly examines an older heritage and history that must remain a reference point to end the deep polarisation between communities that is the reality of everyday life in India today.
The arrest of a top cop in Kashmir in a terror plot along with terrorists opens a can of worms which can be traced to the hanging of Afzal Guru who was hanged to appease ‘the collective conscience of the nation’.
US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate in Kashmir and his rehabilitation of Pakistan as a frontline State against terror is a manifestation of India’s loss of leverage in Afghanistan after it lowered its engagement with Chabahar port and Iran.
Political leadership requires balance, responsibility and a sensible leadership to create an atmosphere of predictability and security. The contrary is a recipe for disaster. In too many countries, that is precisely what we have.