There could be 1,500 or 2,000 such Afghan officers trained in various Indian military academies in the last few years who are now in a predicament.
The hard truth is that the emergence of a new war theatre down south seems imminent, given the way things are going. It’s something that India can hardly afford.
There is no honeymoon period for the new Tamil Nadu chief minister, who has to handle the COVID crisis as well as display fiscal prudence.
Palaniswami must now focus on the increasingly difficult task of keeping the house intact as the DMK’s ‘Rising Sun’ has risen over Fort St. George.
For a state boasting of high literacy and all-round development, Tamil Nadu shows shameful performance on vaccination.
As a minister/deputy CM, Stalin had worked hard, clearing files quickly and recognising the work by even DMK's rivals. He has dealt with opponents amicably.
Stalin ensured his 2019 ‘flock’ stayed intact, having sister Kanimozhi call up Sonia Gandhi when problems arose in the seat-sharing talks.
Many in the 18-29 year age group are first-time voters, unaware of the ‘grandeur’ of Jayalalithaa or Karunanidhi.
Dirty metaphors have been used extensively on Dravidian poll podiums over the last five decades.
A stint in power in Puducherry, coupled with new development schemes, could help BJP gain some support in neighbouring Tamil Nadu and pave the way for its Mission 2026.
BJP has focused on diverse groups to shed the perception that it is pro-Brahmin. It expects a good showing in the 2021 polls, and has set its sights on 2026.
Both the AIADMK and the DMK have promised populist steps in their manifestos for the Tamil Nadu polls. But are such promises that stress the exchequer feasible?
While the AIADMK-led alliance has had a fairly smooth ride in its seat-sharing talks, thanks mostly to the BJP’s ‘persuasive’ skills, it’s been a rather turbulent sailing on the rival DMK.