Rajeev Srinivasan
Rajeev Srinivasan
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Politics

Increasing connectivity is a mixed blessing: India needs to up its cybersecurity game

Especially for a nation like India which is embarking on the #DigitalIndia drive, this brings up an unpleasant situation. In some sense, India has been immune to cyber-attacks because it is not greatly connected – thus a sort of ‘security by obscurity’. But as we move forward to enjoy the undoubted benefits of connectivity – and they are many – we also lay ourselves open to the risks.

Politics

Fumbling the future: Why Congress will continue to hold reforms hostage

The Congress is not going to let the Modi government enact any law that will improve growth rates of speed up development. Time for a change in government tactics

India

Secular-Left opposition to death penalty is often driven by hidden motives

All said the done, the case to abolish the death penalty is rather weak - at least in India's case. many so-called opponents of the death penalty are driven less by genuine belief and more by political posturing

Politics

Parliament disruption: Time for NDA to bare its fangs and tell Sonia 'no deal'

The NDA gains nothing by even partly acquiescing in the Congress' demand for the resignation of Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje, and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Time for the Modi government to get tough with the Congress

Ideas

Wendy's revenge: Plagiarism charge against Rajiv Malhotra is a red herring

Accusations of plagiarism against Indian American author Rajiv Malhotra are a smoke-screen for a generalised attack on Hindu intellectuals.

India

Behind Amartya Sen's outburst: An old man's old tricks to grab attention

Amartya Sen has done enough damage to India by his espousal of left ideology. But his recent outburst against the PM appeared more strategic than genuine, with a new book by him needing some excitement

Politics

What Aruvikkara bypoll result means for Congress, CPM, BJP: some worry for all

The Aruvikkara bypoll results maintained the status quo - which means the Congress and CPM did not make gains, and the BJP's own gains may be entirely due to their one recognisable leader in the state

Politics

How Modi is elbowing Sonia, Rahul, Congress from India's cultural memes

Narendra Modi is appropriating India's national icons and cultural memes one by one – Patel, Ambedkar, ayurveda, and now yoga - and the Congress is excluding itself from them churlishly. In the end, the Congress will be left with nothing to call its own.

Politics

#LalitModiGate is a red herring, the govt should ignore it with the contempt it deserves

There are several interesting meta-questions about this non-issue; but, in my opinion, instead of getting rattled by it, the government should just sail on, and brazen it out.

India

Done being a soft state: Indian Army playing avenger in Myanmar is a message to China, Pakistan

The fact that Indian Army reached out across the Myanmar border (as well as into Nagaland) and attacked separatist forces in their hideouts is quite remarkable.

World

Game theory pointer: Tit-for-tat may be India's best strategy with Pakistan

Do unto others what they do unto you is a workable strategy under game theory where neither party can trust the other. This holds good for India and Pakistan.

Politics

Modi@One: The big change is India has a leader - and a vision we can buy into

Contrary to all the literature which claims Modi is a micro-manager, Year One of his Prime Ministership shows him not as just a manager or micro-manager, but a real leader. He has given India a different vision for the future, and many are buying it

World

'No loss' is the main gain from Modi's China trip; South Korea was the highpoint

Modi's visit to South Korea may yield economic gains, and the one to Mongolia is about projecting India's soft power. The China visit, though, will yield nothing in the short term, but a lot will depend on what leverage we develop with the US.

World

Why is PM in China? Modi needs a gameplan to neutralise Chinese power

Modi's ongoing visit to China may not serve any purpose unless he has his strategy clear why he is going there. China is not your average benign power; its power needs to be contested with real strength

World

The existential threat to India posed by China's Pakistan gambit

The massive Chinese investment in Pakistan has dangerous consequences for India too, and geopolitical equations change. Even China may have got more than it bargained for. India needs to play its cards extremely carefully

World

Nepal quake and what we must do: India must repay its debt to Gorkhas

An earthquake is nature's unimaginable fury. It can be terrifying. As Nepal reels under the after-effects of one, it is time for India to repay its debt to the Gorkhas, who have fought every one of our wars. PM Modi did well to jump to its rescue

World

Iran Nuclear deal, Yemen evacuation will allow India to project power in region

The Iran nuclear deal that will end sanctions in return for scaling down its uranium enrichment plans is a good development from India's angle. Together with the recent evacuation from Yemen, it gives India scope to project maritime power in the Indian Ocean

India

The Western Deep State's assault on India - and what to do about it

The recent demonisation of India in the western media falls into a pattern driven by fears about a nationalist Prime Minister. India clearly needs to be on guard, given the western deep state's use of NGOs and evangelical organisations to further its interests

India

Indo-US nuclear deal: Why is Modi pursuing what looks like a total loss in N-energy?

The approval of the insurance agreement means that all suppliers, not only Americans, will now be freed from liability, and the Indian taxpayer would pick up the tab should there be, heaven forbid, a nuclear calamity.