Inder Malhotra

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Inder Malhotra

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For reasons too obvious to need spelling out, world attention is currently focused on Gaza and the intolerably disproportionate use of force by Israel in return for rockets fired on Israeli towns by Hamas, an obnoxious militant organisation also deserving condemnation.

Security: A game of knots and crosses

On Friday N.N. Vohra, governor of Jammu and Kashmir, delivered a speech in New Delhi that was notable for its lucid analysis of the inextricably interlinked external and internal security problems and a series of sound suggestions about how to meet the grim challenges this country faces.

The omens are ominous

Sudden the transfer of Gujarat governor Kamala Beniwal may be, surprising it certainly is not. Hers is a special case even among the politicians appointed as governors by the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government whom the Modi government is determined to evict from Raj Bhavans.

The way of all flesh

However intense the hostility between them, all political parties in this country — particularly, the two mainstream ones, the Congress, now battered humiliatingly, and the Bharatiya Janata Party that has become the first to attain a clear majority in the Lok Sabha in 30 years — are alike.

Arm the Services

All through the painfully protracted and unquestionably nastiest election campaign, there was just one speech that expressed some concern for national defence and security.

Family and the party

Last week’s posturing by the Congress Party, reduced to a pitiable strength of 44 in the Lok Sabha, was almost entirely as expected. First the Congress Working Committee rejected “unanimously” and ostentatiously the resignations of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and the party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi that were surely called for because of the party’s virtual decimation under their leadership.


Kashmir’s history is dotted with natural calamities and man-made disasters. And over the centuries the people of Jammu and Kashmir have perfected the art of rising from the ashes. They have seen famines and epidemics, floods and earthquakes, blazes and mayhem, organised violence and massacres, forced and voluntary migrations, incarcerations and worse.