The gunning down of innocent, defenceless pilgrims by religious terrorists is scarcely going to inspire international support for the “Kashmiri cause”. Indeed, it could do just the opposite. It will probably give Indian security forces the cover and the excuse to take even harsher measures to crack down on terrorism in Kashmir.
Narendra Modi is the first Indian prime minister born after Independence in 1947. Benjamin Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born in the Jewish nation after it was founded in 1948. It is appropriate then that their generation is writing a new chapter in the bilateral relationship and overcoming – if one were borrow Modi’s words from another context – the “hesitations of history”.
In selecting Ram Nath Kovind, Governor of Bihar, as the BJP’s candidate for the presidency, yet again, Modi has bypassed the speculation in the national capital about one or the other “big name”, including some from within his cabinet.
Is the glass half-full, more than half-full, or below half-empty? The perception depends entirely on one’s political preferences and the debate plays itself out on the 9 pm circus every evening, writes Ashok Malik.