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This bomb polemic completely ignores the fact that we are dealing with weapons of mass destruction that can kill thousands Rakhi Chakrabarty Delhi
What implications can China’s military modernisation and strategic manoeuvers have on South Asia and the world? Jayadeva Ranade Delhi
India seems to be left out in the cold due to strategic confusion and lack of foresight among its security managers on Af-Pak policy Zorawar Daulet Singh Delhi
Instead of clichéd nationalism and official discourse, the people of Nepal and India can creatively redefine their relations Anil Bhattarai Kathmandu/Toronto
For new-age cafés, it’s big business. Unlike the dying coffee houses of yore, these swanky joints are a different cup of coffee Sumiran Preet Kaur Delhi
Rakhi Chakrabarty Kolkata
Akash Bisht Bangalore
Stalked by crime, perhaps a beautiful South Africa needs a bit more of Gandhi to come to peace with itself Sanjay Kapoor Durban
Union minister for Minority Affairs and Corporate Affairs Salman Khursheed talks to Hardnews on his current job and his priorities Akash Bisht Delhi
APVN Sarma, Secretary to the ministry of shipping, in conversation with Hardnews on key issues concerning Indian ports and the shipping sector Noor Mohammed Delhi
Dubbed as a family of terrorists, Mussarrat Jahan, younger sister of Ishrat Jahan, unfolds her angst and anger on how they were denied not one inch of justice by the Gujarat and central government Sadiq Naqvi
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