Columns

  • India: Volume of Adhan has become a political issue

    by Abbas Adil

    –Hindu leader calls for mosque loudspeakers to be turned down. Mosques in Mumbai comply with demands after police intervene. Sitting in an office lined with books overlooking a giant prayer…

  • UK bids to break India’s Russian arms habit

    by Abbas Adil

    The United Kingdom and India will collaborate on the development of fighter jet engines and maritime electric propulsion among other defense technology fields, as part of a major partnership deal…

  • Indian government’s hybrid tactics for Kashmiris

    by Abbas Adil

    The Indian government has been caring for the families of Kashmiri Pundits and making all necessary arrangements for their return to Kashmir. These families were relocated in the 1980s and…

  • Foreign funds

    by Abbas Adil

    THE Supreme Court’s verdict upholding the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020, has cleared the air on a controversial issue that largely affected voluntary organisations receiving foreign funding. The court…

  • On India’s Quest for Global Leadership

    by Abbas Adil

    Mohamed Zeeshan is a foreign affairs columnist, consultant and the editor-in-chief of Freedom Gazette. He has previously worked with the Indian delegation to the United Nations and with Kearney, the…

  • India’s missile misadventure: A wake-up call for all

    by Abbas Adil

    With ever-existing tensions between the two rival nuclear neighbors, a single imprudent act could escalate the crisis to an irreversible level. India reserves the record of its adventurism and uncalculated…

  • Don’t Overlook This Basic Reality!

    by Abbas Adil

    Amidst the ongoing debates- discussions- dissections on the crucial ‘why’ the Right- Wing managed to get or gather or grab adequate votes in these recently held elections in the five…

  • State Polls: The Clouds Darken for India

    by Abbas Adil

    The ruling national party of India – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to have decapitated all opposition political parties in the country. The results of five states in India,…

  • Expedite evacuation

    by Abbas Adil

    Thousands of Indian nationals, mostly students, find themselves trapped in war-torn Ukraine. In view of the closure of the Kyiv airport and the Ukrainian airspace, the Indian government has started…

  • Drug seizures

    by Abbas Adil

    There has been an exponential increase in drug seizures in the country in recent years, with the darknet and the maritime route being preferred for trafficking. Heroin seizures have more…

  • The savage face of India

    by Abbas Adil

    The fate of religious pluralism in India hangs in the balance. In his zealotry, Modi may be well on his way to realising the foretelling of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who…

  • Suicide by unemployed

    by Abbas Adil

    The Covid-induced lockdown of 2020 — the most stringent in the world — not only rendered millions of Indian citizens jobless but also forced thousands to end their lives. The…

  • Udupi Hijab Row: Hopefully, Sanity Will Prevail

    by Abbas Adil

    Thanks to the designs of the communal forces, the hijab row of Udupi (Karnataka) schools has become an international issue now. The welcome part is that most of the Indian…

  • Increasing Indo-US bonhomie: A reality check

    by Abbas Adil

    Back in 2006, when serving as an Air Advisor of Pakistan in New Delhi, questions were frequently put to me by the Indian strategic community about Pakistan’s experience of dealing…

  • Ratcheted up Indo-Pacific strategy?

    by Abbas Adil

    The year 2022 appears to be a curtain raiser on the US Indo-Pacific strategy. Three important events in short succession during the very first month of this year, 2022, must…

  • Living with the virus

    by Abbas Adil

    Two years after the pandemic broke out, a Covid-weary world finds itself at the crossroads. Even as China and Hong Kong continue to enforce tough restrictions, some European nations are…

  • The Lost Country of India

    by Abbas Adil

    The decision to travel amidst a pandemic is not an easy one but I made the trip anyway, to see my aging parents who live in a small city in…

  • Milder Omicron

    by Abbas Adil

    It’s being described as a qualified good-news story, but with a strict warning against letting the guard down and ‘getting ahead of ourselves’. Two studies suggest that compared with previous…

  • Hindutva extremism

    by Abbas Adil

    The unfortunate reality of India today is that Hindu extremists — egged on by their ideological fellow travellers in government — are constantly coming up with new ruses to make…

  • Forgetting Indira

    by Abbas Adil

    When the then PM Indira Gandhi announced in the Lok Sabha on December 16, 1971, that Pakistan’s military had surrendered unconditionally to the Indian Army in Bangladesh, her statement had…

  • Dengue burden

    by Abbas Adil

    IN the face of what is unfolding as one of the most virulent dengue outbreaks in recent history, the health infrastructure countrywide has been found to be both ill-prepared and…

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