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Big Indian smiles - but they may disappear in all the machinations to make the country saffron

That Indian smile may be endangered if attempts to change citizenship by stealth continue in a land where the phrase 'unity in diversity' has been a badge of honour

Citizenship: In India, it's still divide et imperā

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

"We the people," starts the preamble to the Indian Constitution, a phrase with instant resonance for many. But who exactly are the 'people' as a new Citizenship (Amendment) Bill attempts to refashion citizenship by stealth? more…

Honey, who shrunk the kids?

Tiananmen Square memorial at 4 June 2018 rally at Victoria Park, Hong Kong

4 June, 2018 memorial for Tiananmen victims - Photo: Vijay Verghese

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

After the tumultuous three-month Occupy, Hong Kong students dramatically scale down horizons and snub global causes. more…

The 21st Century Animal Farm

It is irrelevant whether the leaders are despots or democrats — what preoccupies them ultimately is how to secure power

Is India turning into an Orwellian Animal Farm?

VENKATESAN RAMANI
NEW DELHI

The more things appear to change the less they change. The entrenched role of 'influentials' in India's vote-bank politics. more…

An Aye for an Aye - online click storm

Google office at Mountain View California - how Internet giants are reshaping our world, for better and worse

Google office at Mountain View California. Where is it leading us?

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

The Internet, led by Google and Facebook, was once a force for good. What happened? The online click-storm affects us all. more…

An elephant in the dragon boat race

The Modi-Xi thaw has focused on trade, agriculture and tourism

The Modi-Xi thaw has focused on trade, and tourism rather than 'irritants'

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

As America retreats from the world stage, an India-China partnership could reshape global trade and political alignments. more…

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Trump to donate his entire 2017 earnings? Read more

Fire in the sky

As the heated exchange between Pyongyang and the USA continues, by October, 2017, North Korea had fired a staggering 22 missiles over the year. Read more

Weighty bad loans

Chinese and Indian banks are racking up bad loans despite efforts at regulation. China's Big Four had just under US$112 billion in bad loans - a climb of 4.6% year on year end June 2017. Read more

The siege of the Taj Mahal - whose tears?

The Taj Mahal, an ode to love, is under threat from the Hindu fundamentalist BJP party in India

The Taj Mahal, an ode to love, is under siege - Photo: Vijay Verghese

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

As the BJP redefines India as a Hindu nation long subjugated by foreigners, attacks on the Taj are mounting. more…

No end to Israeli violence

Israel-Gaza cycle of violence continues to result in horrendous levels of civilian casualties... See world opinion

MeToo and three ladies

As the battle of the sexes hots up the American presidency enters the debate and sozzled travellers ponder what exactly is politically correct. more…