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Afghan government’s plea for IAF air support to counter Taliban shows how desperate Kabul is. But this isn’t India’s war to fight. It’s also an impossibility, geographically and geostrategically. The US and allies must prevent Afghanistan from sliding into brutal medievalism. New Delhi can do no more than nudge them.

SC must keep pushing for reform. Politicians have little incentive to clean up their act

The Supreme Court’s renewed push to get tougher against politicians/legislators with criminal records is a reminder that India’s effort to reform politics and elections is still a work in progress. The top court must keep at it because politicians, on their own, have little incentive to clean up their act.

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