Doctrine of salami slices: the Chinese playbook

We need to be vigilant and technologically empower the armed forces to deal with the inimical contingencies. Certainly, the doctrine of Salami Slices is expected to continue as a tried and tested mechanism with a high and coercive hegemonic content in the Chinese play book as a pan global phenomenon.

Sri Lanka under Emergency: Land of the Gods weeps

Nepotism, the creation of large circles of the family clan and giving them a free hand in accumulating wealth at the cost of deterioration of national wealth and economic stability, has been the main contributor to the mess in Sri Lanka perpetrated by the Rajapaksa brothers and their lust for money and power

Expansionist China traps the debt strapped

The growing dependence of India on China is hardly a matter of comfort to our country. Hemmed in, and its territory in Ladakh under Chinese control, India should try to get out of this grip

French defeat Marie Le Pen and xenophobia

“…People who don’t feel they’re being taken into consideration, who […]

50 years of Thick as a Brick: Is it still the best rock album ever?

The album, Thick as a Brick, is housed in a faux 12-page multi-paged folded newspaper titled The St. Cleve Chronicle & Linwell Advertiser (dated Friday, January 7, 1972). The newspaper is densely packed with references that bear upon the lyrics of the album. It was revolutionary idea, which paid off

Antonov: The mammoth Ukrainian dream that Russia bombed

Powered by six turbofan engines and with a wingspan almost the length of a football field, Antonov 225 Mriya could carry bigger and heavier cargo than any other plane.Russian forces bombed this giant aircraft during its recent war with Ukraine that they built in their precursor state, Soviet Union

Khela Hobe- The game is on!

Khela Hobe, she said. And the crowd roared back: Khela […]

Lata Mangeshkar: Her songs gave voice to emotions of her countrymen that speak in different languages

Lata Mangeshkar’s voice chronicled life’s journey and its vicissitudes in a manner few did. She sang songs in different languages that captured happiness, sadness, longing, valour and more. Her voice will live with us.

Republic Day Parade: Flying in a formation to weave past with the future

75 aircraft to celebrate 75th year of our independence will include Rafales amongst 39 fighters, 28 helicopters and 8 transport aircraft will fly at the Republic Day Parade to show that the nation’s armed forces are ready to face any challenge from our enemies.

The very unforgettable Kundan Lal Sehgal

Kundan Lal Saigal’s deep, melodious, pitch perfect voice mesmerized an entire generation of South Asians. His modest oeuvre comprising of ghazals, film songs, bhajans and Rabindra sangeet was enough to declare him as the greatest singer of 20th century


The writer remembers his father Group Captain VC Mankotia, flying a transport plane turned into a bomber, the valiant Armed Forces fighters, who staked their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War. Flying down the memory lane and a heartfelt tribute on its 50 th anniversary.

The flying Hercules might just miss the bus

Akhilesh Yadav has been getting rapturous crowds and is increasingly looking chief ministerial. The arithmetic of Yadavs, Muslims, farmers, caste-based organizations, disgruntled communities, and those who suffered during the pandemic, is enough to oust the discredited Yogi government. Opinion polls are backing this trend.

Why is North-east in ferment again?

Intro: In Tripura, things are turning from bad to worse. And, if the North-east starts simmering again, it will be difficult to reverse the situation. Therefore, it’s time to change the narrative, and without losing a moment.

Bangladesh fights to save its secular soul

Bangladesh society put up a stirring fight against the forces of darkness that tried to disturb peace and country’s secular character by hurting members of the minority community and demolishing Hindu temples.

When Rafi sang for Kishore Kumar

It is indeed strange when other singers have sung for highly popular actor-singers in Bombay cinema. So why did that happen?