The element of surprise wasn’t as much in elevations and new inductions in the council of ministers as in the allocation of portfolios in Sunday’s reshuffle. Read more

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s refusal to join debate in Parliament on the CAG report on what has come to be called Coalgate could prove to be a self defeating exercise in the longer run. Read more

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Mohali is for optics. The real match between India and Pakistan is across the negotiating table. And in that, there aren’t going to be any winners or losers. Not at least in the visible future. Read more

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh direly needed a fresh coat of Teflon amid a plethora of scams haunting his government. On Monday, he sought to acquire one with some political finesse and an air of conviction so typical of him. Read more

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I can feel these days a tenuous consensus building among security experts in India and Pakistan for some kind of institutionalised interaction between intelligence agencies of the two countries. It all began with a rare meeting between Pak ISI chief Shuja Pasha and defense advisors in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. Read more

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I was in Pakistan within days of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raising the specter of another major terrorist strike in India from the Pakistani soil. I found some of my friends among Pakistani journalists who preach peace with India moving around with armed guards, barricaded government buildings and crowded bazaars sanitized hours before VIP movements. Read more

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