S. Nihal Singh

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war clouds hover over Ukraine

While Russia and Europe are on collision course over Ukraine, there is playacting on all sides. This is a prelude to the most serious East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War. But beyond the tough postures being adopted by both sides lies the future of Russia as a power of substance in Europe and the world.

Israel: A confirmed apartheid state

Peace is at the best of times a tenuous proposition in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even as the world hopes the new indefinite ceasefire that has brought 50 days of bloodshed to an end will last, the real causes of the conflict have been put to the side, rather than resolved.

Cold warriors in the corridors of power

It is widely acknowledged that relations between the West and Russia have never been as bad as they are since the end of the Cold War. The reason, of course, is Ukraine, but beyond it lie the implied conflicting interests of the two sides.

Erdogan, the new Ataturk?

The election — the first-ever direct election — of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as President of Turkey is an event of seminal importance because it portends a future that teeters on greatness as it does on a disturbing trend towards authoritarianism.

Uncle Sam blind to Palestine

The enormity of Palestinian civilian deaths and suffering is making even jaded statesmen and countries sit up. The United States administration, the main supporter and arms and money supplier of Israel, is stiffening its statements, criticising its ally.

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.

The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.

Disasters not only disrupt society, they also distort its basic categories, creating inversions, disrupting normalcy and suspending time in a prolonged way. Return to normalcy then becomes even more difficult and unpredictable.