S. Nihal Singh

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Contours of a new Cold War

While the tug of war over the downing of the Malaysian plane over troubled Ukraine continues against the background of the carnage in Gaza, the contours of a new Cold War are emerging.

Contours of a new Cold War

While the tug of war over the downing of the Malaysian plane over troubled Ukraine continues against the background of the carnage in Gaza, the contours of a new Cold War are emerging.

A growling asian tiger

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has passed his first test in participating in a multilateral summit.

A season of discontent

Whether the Congress Party is introspecting on its disastrous results in the Lok Sabha election is open to question, but party veteran A.K. Antony has caused a flutter by suggesting that the perception of the party being partial to minorities — read Muslims — is harmful to its cause of secularism.

A crisis of will and direction

By a strange alchemy of circumstances, the American mood towards the world, especially West Asia, is changing.

Sisi’s honeymoon

The assumption of office of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as Egypt’s President raises more questions than it answers. Are we going back to the old days of Hosni Mubarak and his long line of military rulers?

Clearing the cobwebs

A country’s foreign policy does not alter with regime change, determined as it is by its neighbourhood, its intrinsic strength and the larger forces at play in the wider world.

The unspoken dilemma

The crushing defeat of the Congress Party at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the general election highlights a central dilemma of the grand old organisation after the Nehru era.

Modi's saffron needs bands of white and green

India has turned a page in its political history and the Bharatiya Janata Party in the shape of Narendra Modi bears the immense responsibility of taking the country in a new economic direction without destroying the idea of India.

Palestine: Peace by piece

Mercifully, the charade of the American-sponsored peace process between Israelis and Palestinians is over. The Israelis have grasped on the intention of the mainstream Fatah group running the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip to come together to call off the spluttering talks and the US administration is grateful that it can walk off after nine months of John Kerry’s intensive diplomacy without too much loss of face.

In Gurez, at the upper edge of northern Kashmir Valley, a serene calm prevails along the Line of Control. The undulating rhythms of the Kishanganga river that rolls through bowl-shaped valleys surrounded by the Himalayas on all four sides put Switzerland to shame.

Besides controlling food inflation, the most challenging task before Narendra Modi is to create jobs for millions of young men and women, some of whom were responsible for his resounding victory in the elections. It is one thing to promise jobs and another to actually create them.