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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Barkha Dutt

Housewarming parties

This week of high drama is really only the beginning. The boiling cauldron of Indian politics may have been brought to a low simmer for now. But the fire is still on, writes Barkha Dutt.

A hardwired dispute

Divisions in J&K aren’t about land, but more about identity and neglect and the explosion of a once-subliminal but always abiding anger, writes Barkha Dutt.

Anybody out there?

Jammu and Kashmir is standing on the precipice of partition. The faultlines of rage running through the state have the force to rip through its centre and tear it apart into small pieces, writes Barkha Dutt. Full coverage: Amarnath Land row

So, is autonomy taboo too?

And if azaadi is now a palatable word in drawing-room debate, how about making a more realistic start with autonomy? Barkha Dutt examines.

Those blasted theories

After September 11, 2001, the ‘global jehadi’ entered our discourse. Before 2001 we had a different name for bomb blasts: we called them ‘organised crime,’ writes Sagarika Ghose.

Encountering the truth

So, why can’t we accept that we don’t know enough about this much-hyped encounter without being boxed into categories? Since when did public debate in India become an improvised version of George Bush’s you-are-with-us-or against-us diktat after 9/11? And more pertinently, who is the ‘us’? Barkha Dutt examines...

Yellow jackets, pink slips

We know that the Govt jumped into the Jet Airways imbroglio precisely because it’s an election year and the images of protesting airline employees weren’t quite a vote-catcher. Strictly speaking, the Govt probably has no business meddling in the hire-and-fire policies of private companies, writes Barkha Dutt. See related video.

A star-spangled banner

The thing about Obama is that he makes you believe in that cliché: be true to yourself. In a cynical, crumbling world, that alone is a miracle, writes Barkha Dutt.

No place to hide

The charges against Lt. Colonel Purohit go against the very grain of what the army stands for. So, if the army believes he is innocent, it should be aggressive and unabashed in his defence, writes Barkha Dutt.

Seize the moment

It’s probably too early to draw firm conclusions, but increasingly it looks like the new battlefield in J&K is going to be intellectual, ideological and emotional. We may witness a clash of ideas more than a clash of armies, writes Barkha Dutt.

Don’t shoot the messenger

The navy questioned the media coverage of the Mumbai attacks even though journalists operated well within their limits, writes Barkha Dutt.

Wanted: a song for our times

Obama has focused on blending a determined ordinariness into his unique political mix. He has broken down the barriers of formality and hierarchy that separate a people from their politicians, writes Barkha Dutt.

Loony tunes

At a time when India should have stood united, Antulay’s remarks have pushed the debate along an unfortunate Hindu-Muslim faultline. His comments are designed to pull at our religious equilibrium, writes Barkha Dutt.

Why war isn’t an option

A military conflict does not even guarantee that the Indian forces can come home with Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz Saeed or Masood Azhar. So, what would we really achieve by risking the lives of our soldiers? Barkha Dutt writes.

Let’s not get it wrong again

It’s an undeniably complex situation and Omar Abdullah is probably about to begin the toughest phase of his political life, writes Barkha Dutt.
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