Is there a political narrative to nuggets of information about the BJP’s post-electoral plans to change governors and dislodge precariously-perched regimes in Bihar, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand? Read more

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Arvind Kejriwal has had a love hate relationship with the media. But lately, it has been hate—and more hate. His threat to jail journalists engaging in unethical practices had the entire political class ranged against him in defense of presspersons. Read more

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The time-worn Pakistani lexicon on Kashmir was at play again when Nawaz Sharif sought to draw the United States into the Kashmir dispute ahead of his meeting with President Barack Obama. Read more

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Problems are raining like locusts in India: an inflamed Line of Control, war of words with Pakistan, communal violence in Jammu and Kashmir and an Andhra restive over statehood for Telangana. Read more

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The storm over Raja Pervez Ashraf’s pilgrimage to Ajmer Sharif was needless, to state the least. The Pak Premier was on a private visit and India went out of the way to make it appear as one, without, of course, causing any diplomatic affront to the visitor. Read more

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A standing joke in Pakistan’s media circles on Rehman Malik is that the only time the Interior Minister isn’t telling lies or making a fool of himself, is when he isn’t talking. Read more

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Lot’s happening within Pakistan: the country’s in election mode; the Army has revised its India-specific security doctrine to declare domestic terror a bigger danger; a religious preacher of Canadian nationality has dislodged Imran Khan’s Tehrik-e-Pakistan as a major challenger to the established political order. Read more

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General Pervez Musharraf is essentially day-dreaming when he says he’d be back in Pakistan before the 2013 elections. Another figment of his fantasy is the claim to joining active politics to “set things right” in the country hurtling from one crisis to another. Read more

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The decision to rename a prominent square in Lahore after Shaheed Bhagat Singh could go a long way in focusing on the joint history of India and Pakistan in the struggle for freedom from the British rule. I have always held that relations between our two countries cannot be repaired without an honest recollection of history, at the core of which should be an objective appraisal of our respective national icons. Read more

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It’s encouraging that India and Pakistan continue to talk. But while they engage, they’d have to be careful about each other’s sensitivities on issues influencing popular support for peace between the two sub-continental rivals. Read more

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