South China Sea: A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Inside An Enigma

As the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, upholding the Philippines' claim for the disputed waters of the South China Sea came as a sudden blow to what can be best described as China's meteoric rise to power, Churchill's famous description of Russia ("It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma") at the beginning of World War II, still holds ground. Only this time, the subject is China and the dispute, in the South China Sea. Taming the vehement drago

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Amma's Comeback Might Just Be A Hell Lot Easier Than We Thought

India is a country of extreme weather, where droughts and floods can occur simultaneously in different regions. Having said so, the intensity of damage caused by them can be massively avoided with appropriate disaster response mechanisms from the government. In fact, the responsibility of safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of its citizens against any disaster (natural or human-made) is the basic raison d'être of a State. Unlike floods and earthquakes, droughts and famines are disa

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‘National-Derby’ match being played in the State has the Bharatiya Janata Party

Co-authored with Jaya Kumar N.K. The Congress might have stood the test of time in Assam, but for some reason, is finding it very difficult to survive the North-Eastern State poll this time around. Assam crossed the halfway mark on the 4th of April 2016 and has faced the second and final phase of elections today. The ‘National-Derby’ match being played in the State has the Bharatiya Janata Party with quite a few allies that the Congress has distanced itself from. The BJP may have

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Captain Vijayakanth: King or Kingmaker?

Co-authored with Kasturi Ramanathan “Marubadiyum Kekkuraen, King aah? Kingmaker aah?” (I’m asking you again, King or Kingmaker?), Vijayakanth at a recent public rally with his party men was eloquent about how he wanted to be the King as his party men wished, and not the King Maker. In his typical demure approach, he engaged his supporters with sharp questions and was rather satisfied when the audience expected him to be the King. It is safe to say that the 2016 elections cou

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