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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Anirudh Bhattacharyya

The age of the Twitterrorist

Through the year, we saw social media networks providing tools for jihadi outreach that the Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, would surely have envied. It has become the vehicle of choice for anyone seeking attention.

The line never changes

The US has been regurgitating the same stale pap on Kashmir for decades. It shouldn’t be a surprise, therefore, that as that pablum flows from the top, US President Barack Obama has been diagnosed with acid reflux

The eyes also have it

We all have a bit of ourselves in a database now. Biometrics is on the cusp of a revolution that will have privacy advocates going round in circles. The latest generation of inventions dig deeper into the body, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

Act Fast to Act East

India has always wanted to stride on to the global stage. Reality hasn’t matched that script, which the Modi government needs to change.

Convention on Terrorism needs to come into effect soon

Eighteen years after it was mooted the Convention on Terrorism still remains in draft, as the UN cannot find a compromise definition of the very word terrorism. The UN has said that 'it would not be beneficial to proceed hastily in the negotiations'.

In perpetual poll mode

Although American elections impinge upon policymaking as November nears, they’re hardly a constant source of influence. By the beginning of 2015, Obama will have reached the ultimate phase of lameduckery and with little to lose, except inconsequential polling points, a muscular return to West Asia may be predictable.

Aiming for the summit

Narendra Modi’s most telling bilateral meet during his visit to the United States, beyond that with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, was with Hillary Clinton, who is likely to occupy the Oval Office in January 2017. Till then, both countries must build on the positives from the PM’s visit

India lags behind China in Kurdistan policy

India positioned an ambassador in Iraq in 2011 after trying for seven years. Among his first ventures was a visit to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region. Three years later, India needs to make its presence felt there, while the Chinese have already established economic ties.

Modi, Abe, Abbott: A coalition of the likeminded

Even as Narendra Modi does diplomacy with Barack Obama and the Chinese, he’s obviously at greater ease working with those attuned to his centre-right vision, such as Japan's Shinzo Abe and Australia's Tony Abbott, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

Modi’s ice bucket challenge

The derailment of a potential engagement between Modi and Sharif in New York isn’t quite a train wreck as far as India’s foreign policy imperatives are concerned. But if a dialogue does ensue, possibly after US pressure, it will give Pakistan an opportunity to internationalise the Kashmir issue.

Playing the winning hand

Many US presidents are southpaws. There is little proof that PM Modi is left-handed. He signed in as PM favouring his right hand. But that hasn’t prevented the Indian Left Hander Club from claiming him as a member, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

India is showing signs of a psychological shift to a philosophy of pragmatism

Once the self-appointed champion of the Global South, India has, in recent years, shown signs of a psychological shift to a philosophy of pragmatism.

Brazil World Cup and why US considers soccer unAmerican

As the Brazil World Cup reaches its climax, it has been marked by the quadrennial exercise in dissing the global sport. Among those at the forefront of the affront is author Ann Coulter, who opined in a column: "I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer."

Log in for this fight: why it's time India counters online jihad

India’s security establishment has enough to worry about on the terrorist front in West Asia. But it also faces a challenge in cyberspace, in the propaganda battle against those like LeT chief, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

No warmth this summer

Modi’s mandarins may well argue with respect to the Obama White House that if it quacks like one and limps along like one, it is indeed a lame duck. In effect, New Delhi may have to wait until January 2017 to catch the drift and truly revitalise ties.
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