Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
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Author is Senior Fellow at Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, and works on defence economics.

POLITICS

 |   4-minute read

Kashmir Checkmate: Amit Shah planned intricate political chess while his opponents were busy playing tic-tac-toe

It took strategy, research and precision timing, but Amit Shah pulled it off, leaving the Omars and Muftis dazed at the skill of a man they don't even consider their social equal.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Emperors of Extraction: The Mughals did not make India rich. Claims of their welfarism only buttress a political agenda

A riposte to Rana Safvi's argument on how the Mughals apparently strengthened India, while, in fact, Europe grew by paces just then and India's poverty shocked visitors.

POLITICS

 |   2-minute read

Budget 2019: Despite the big talk, it's clear the Modi government doesn't really care much about defence

The BJP, like any right-wing government, gets significant leeway due to a 'tough on security' tag that goes with right-wing territory.

VOICES

 |   5-minute read

NRC list: Why this is the right time for India to get tough on illegal immigrants

The process of drafting the list has enough checks and balances to safeguard rights of those whose citizenship is being decided.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

Rafale row in Parliament revealed one thing. Government, Opposition, media lack defence knowledge

Why has Rahul Gandhi not asked for a closed-door briefing, which is permitted as per articles 5 and 6 of the agreement?

POLITICS

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Fighting 377, stupidly: In seeking 15 seconds of fame, gay rights activists have only lost valuable time

The Indian State is not against equality for gay people. But by siding with elements like the 'Tukde Tukde' gang, the LGBTQ community made the fight harder for itself.

POLITICS

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With AI renaming Taiwan 'Chinese Taipei', India appeases China, only for crumbs

India caves in to Chinese pressure again, sidestepping its own strategic interests and the lessons of history.

POLITICS

 |   4-minute read

Why death of Iran nuclear deal is a win-win for India

New Delhi’s refineries are uniquely suited to process Iranian crude and Tehran can no longer play the ‘oh but I have other suitors waiting’ game.