IAF has speed & flexibility but few assets. Theatre commands could limit it

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File photo | Indian Air Force | Facebook

IAF assets are few, but it has speed, flexibility on its side. Theatre commands can limit it

It seems India is in a hurry to establish theatre commands without having the concept clear. Not just the IAF, all stakeholders need to first assess their assets, writes Suryakant Chafekar.

US epidemiologist flags Covid uptick in 4 Indian states, warns against full unlock

The week-on-week growth in Covid-19 cases is beginning to show a slight uptick in Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. This makes it a good to time to impose more restrictions to prevent an explosion of cases, Bhramar Mukherjee, the John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, tells Abantika Ghosh.

Delaying 2nd AstraZeneca vaccine shot by upto 45 weeks improves immune response: Oxford study

A yet to be peer-reviewed study by Oxford University has found that delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine (Covishield in India) by upto 45 weeks could enhance the human body’s immune response. Angana Chakrabarti reports.

BJP version of Hindutva is rising but there is one aspect where it failed to convince Hindus

Pew Research Center’s recent study suggests that Indians respect all religions and adherence to nationalism is celebrated as a religious virtue. An imaginary dividing line between religion and politics is also drawn. But Hindu religiosity is expressed in a sophisticated language of nationalism. This begs the straightforward question: how does one explain India’s national identity on the basis of these conflicting statistical survey-based findings, writes Hilal Ahmed.

Satellite images reveal Pakistan’s new midget submarine, site for joint project with China

Latest satellite imagery has captured visuals of Pakistan’s new midget submarine, used by its special forces for undertaking covert operations, as well as the probable site for a joint project with China to build new conventional submarines, reports Snehesh Alex Philip.

SubscriberWrites: An open letter to Rahul Gandhi – please step aside, don’t stand for Congress president post

In all likelihood, Rahul Gandhi is as smart, hardworking, and creative as his supporters say  he is. But unfortunately, all that matters is that a negative perception of him has already been set in the eyes of the public, writes Ameya Karnad.

Why have Modi’s rivals failed to challenge him? This survey of Indians’ religiosity has clues

Many answers lie in the contradictions thrown up by a recent PEW survey. What it shows is that unity is not uniformity. It could also be a handbook for the opposition as it struggles to understand why its message of secularism doesn’t have many takers, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s National Interest.