Pallab Bhattacharya | The Daily Star
  • Pallab Bhattacharya

  • ATMs go dry in some states of India

    Amid reports of a cash crunch in at least six states of India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday said there is sufficient currency in
  • India-Nepal ties: Leaving bitterness behind

    As Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli wrapped up his foreign visit to India (April 6-8) two months after assuming power in February, the two countries have put behind them a nearly three-year phase in bilateral ties marred by mutual recrimination, suspicion and distrust. In a media briefing after talks between Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Indian Foreign Secretary explained it as a
  • The galvanising effects of Dalit protests

    The caste cauldron in India was on the boil once again on April 2. Thousands of activists of Dalit outfits took to the streets and clashed with police in several states leaving nine persons dead and scores wounded. The immediate trigger for the protests was the Supreme Court's ruling on March 20 allegedly diluting some of the provisions of a law that is designed to protect lower-caste people from atrocities by the upper-caste members of society.
  • India's ode to Africa

    IF there has been one segment of India's foreign policy on which there has always been a multi-party consensus all along, it is the ties with Africa.
  • An unexpected setback for Indian EC

    One of the most important reasons behind Indian democracy's remarkable strength is the impeccable and impartial conduct of the Election Commission (EC).