Rajeev Srinivasan
Rajeev Srinivasan
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articles by Rajeev Srinivasan

World

Will Independence Day bring a change in India’s tone on Kashmir?

The usual suspects, including Indian and western mainstream media, have been vociferous in alleging Indian human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani and the subsequent rioting and stone-throwing

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US presidential candidates: It's baffling that Indians like Hillary Clinton as much as they do

Anyway, that may also explain to some extent the Indian obsession with Hillary Clinton. She is the candidate of the establishment: there is no doubt about that. In fact, it is possible that even the Republican establishment may like her better than they like Trump.

World

Hague Tribunal ruling shows China as a bully that refuses to follow international standards

China has used a textbook example of its tactic of ‘manufacturing history’ to claim almost the entire sea as, in effect, a Chinese lake. They produced some maps in which there is a feature called the “nine-dash” line, which they claim is the maritime boundary.

World

Democracy too crucial to be left to people: Happy Independence Day, USA!

On the eve of 4 July, America's Independence Day, Brexit has been a blow to comfortable western certainties: a significant trope of the post-Second World War Bretton Woods agreement and the related Washington consensus has been damaged.

World

Brexit impact: Why India need not worry about Britain's adieu to EU

The immediate impact on India is quite small. Britain does sell some $460 billion worth of products, but there are very good second sources for all of them

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PM Modi's recent US visit makes for good visuals, but lacks substance

With his speech in the US Congress PM Modi made a decisive break with the Third-World-ism and NAM-ism of the past, and presented a self-confident India that wishes to be an equal partner to the US.

Politics

After the Assembly elections, what's next for the BJP in Kerala?

The BJP has to build up a strong team of leaders with a view to building up its strength over time. As of now, its ranks are relatively thin, and also geographically concentrated in Thiruvananthapuram, Kasargod and Palakkad districts

Politics

With UDF-LDF duopoly in jeopardy, BJP may have a chance in Kerala polls

Kerala has never sent a single BJP candidate to the Assembly or to Parliament. It was immune to the Modi wave of 2014.

World

Summer of scandals! Panama Papers, Ishrat, 9/11, now AgustaWestland

April is the cruellest month, said TS Eliot. It has certainly been true this year in the context of scandals involving politics and the establishment

India

Bureaucracy strikes back: Pathankot fiasco indicates that civil servants are sabotaging PM Modi's agenda

On at least three occasions, the Modi government has looked idiotic, and I can only assume that it is the result of deliberate sabotage by civil servants

Politics

By cornering the formidable Chidambaram, is the govt trying to send a signal to the Congress?

The government is taking on the strongest person in the Opposition, Chidambaram, who is not a weak link and the assault is with, as it were, nuclear weapons

India

Fight fire with fire: How the Narendra Modi government can prevent a full-blown assault on the nation

Narendra Modi has two choices: Either keep taking the punishment from China and the communists, Pakistan and the jihadists, the Congress and the Deep State, or fight back.

India

JNU sedition debate: Treason and untempered free speech are men with no country

There is a deliberate attempt to keep India on the boil and Narendra Modi on the defensive; the JNU nonsense was intended to overshadow Make In India.

India

The abuse of Indian history: Obsession over Subhas Chandra Bose indicates that India suffers from a paucity of heroes

Subhas Chandra Bose is a hero, albeit a flawed one; and the mystery behind his death has by no means been cleared up by the release of these papers.

India

Was Netaji wronged by the powers that be, and does he even matter to Indians?

Of all the major figures in India’s independence struggle, none captures the imagination as much as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose does, in his military uniform, with his Indian National Army that almost managed to free India from the British yoke, with Japanese help.

World

The India-Pakistan tango: Is this a case of déjà vu all over again?

It would be an understatement to say that I was astonished by the 25 December visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Pakistan

India

Travancore's temple entry proclamation of 1936 for 'lower' castes: Why nobody questions egalitarianism in Kerala

Just as the French revolution had its dark side, so does the social revolution in Kerala: the egalitarianism of this proclamation brought with it a reverse discrimination.

Politics

BJP makes only marginal gains in Kerala local polls, but now on Kerala will be a three horse race

The BJP did much better than their showing in past years. However, they did not do as well as had been expected.

Politics

Kerala civic body elections: This time, it does feel different with BJP in the box with Congress & LDF

Local body elections in Kerala are due on 2 November, and as I write this, campaigning is in full swing. Even though we have had a damp month or two – normally, after Onam, there is bright sunshine, but this year September and October have been rainy – there is a lot of energy on the streets.

Politics

The Bihar elections: Why all's fair in a war where Modi is the obvious target

From the manufactured protests over Dadri and the beef controversies, it is clear that there is a large anti-Modi constituency in the intellectual class.