Hong Kong might see violence before talks begin – Pushp Ranjan

Hong Kong might see violence before talks begin - Pushp Ranjan

A sense of impasse is gripping Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week and the Government having limited options to end the crisis, things seem difficult. Demonstrators are increasingly willing to go for violent confrontation with the police.

NREGA was UPA’s carrot to lure vote-bank – Siddharth Zarabi

NREGA was UPA's carrot to lure vote-bank - Siddharth Zarabi

A group of economists have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the Government not to ‘dilute’ the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) introduced by the Congress-led UPA Government. While the scheme looks dubious on the surface, it reveals problematic issues beneath the surface.

Michael Krepon raises alarm on Pakistan and the Bomb

Boston eyes India, International Yoga Day, and LoC standoff continues

This week, team Niti Central’s international media round-up takes a look at the ongoing India-Pakistan standoff over LoC ceasefire violations. Also, Chinese President Xi Jinping warning officials to ward off the temptation of corruption and Western ideas of democracy by citing Han Fei, a Chinese nobleman, renowned for his stark advocacy of autocratic rule more than 2,200 years ago.

Don’t make any move to complicate situation at border: China

China today sharply reacted to India’s plans to construct a road network along the McMohan line in Arunachal Pradesh and expressed hope that India will not take any action which may complicate the situation before a final settlement is reached to end the boundary dispute. “We still need to verify the specifics. The boundary issue between China and India is left by colonial past.

India-Russia Arctic deal: Modi leads the way

India-Russia Arctic deal: Modi leads the way

Last year, Russia announced the start of offshore oil production in the Arctic, upstaging its Western rivals in the rush for the region’s energy riches. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin described the Arctic region, which is estimated to hold 13 per cent of the world’s as yet untapped energy reserves, as essential for Russia’s economic and security interests.

Rajyavardhan Rathore: Why is Pakistan spitting venom

Rajyavardhan Rathore: Why is Pakistan spitting venom

Indian Army’s firm response to the Pakistani Army’s unprovoked firing from across the LoC at unarmed, innocent civilians in Jammu sector and has sent a strong message the the power corridors of the neighbouring nation. Government’s response to the current escalated tension has been appreciated by everybody in India.

LoC ceasefire violation: Pakistan resumes firing after stunning Indian response


Pakistan has started firing again in Samba sector of the Jammu & Kashmir which is close to the LoC on Wednesday, October 8, leaving 6 civilians critically injured. This was probably in retaliation to the strongest ever response from the Indian side by the BSF that happened on October 7 night.

Greendex – India tops

Greendex - India tops

The Greendex survey by National Geographic ranks India first in terms of sustainable food culture. While vegetarianism is one of the major factors contributing to this (almost 25 per cent of Indians are vegetarians) the variety of climate and natural bounty are other reasons for this. Food choices are definitely […]