Tamil Nadu's 19th Chief Minister (she was also the 11th, 14th, 16th and 18th) J. Jayalalithaa, who died on December 5, 2016, was known for gifting her 72 million people a record set of freebies, but she also leaves behind a state that ranks among Indias top five in many social, crime and industrial indicators.
New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) One hundred and forty of 195 countries have abolished the death penalty but it still looms large over the world as the nations that have retained it -- including India -- account for the bulk of the global population, former diplomat and Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi says, urging that the punishment be removed from the statute.
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) As Pakistan prepares for its army chief's exit, the three-year tenure of General Raheel Sharif would be remembered for being relatively uneventful -- by Pakistan's standards -- and the professional and politically correct relations he appeared to have maintained with the civilian government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Forget the "String of Pearls" theory about how China is supposedly surrounding India on the high seas. China is not just on the sea, but also on land, in air and deeply involved in the economies of all of South Asia and beyond.
Two events in India's neighbourhood taking place on a single day, November 14, show the extent to which the Chinese reach has extended and is expected to grow phenomenally. They need to be taken into account by India's strategic planners.
On November 9 the unthinkable happened after the most polarised election in US history. With the so-called swing states - Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania -choosing Donald Trump, the so-called Clinton Firewall was breached and, despite a lower share of the popular vote, Trump convincingly won the presidency.