China is in no mood to back down on the Doklam issue even though India is hoping that its superspy Ajit Doval who will be visiting Beijing on Thurdsay will be able to defuse the situation. The Chinese have turned around and blamed Doval for India’s intransigence.
A court remanded seven Kashmiri separatists, arrested a day earlier on charges of taking funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone pelting in the Kashmir Valley, in NIA custody for 10 days.
With the presidential poll over, the BJP central leadership is now likely to take a call on getting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath elected to the state assembly by September to remain in office.
The Hindutva lobby has been feverishly engaged in recent times in pushing its agenda of a new interpretation of history as it apparently believes that the wrong version has been taught for too long a period by the Nehruvians because of their previously privileged position in positions of power. It was time, therefore, to undo the earlier mistakes. Few would have expected, however, that this desire for change would be articulated by the highest constitutional authority in the land.
In his last speech as President of India, Pranab Mukherjee drew upon the wealth of his public life and political acumen to give a few things for the nation to reflect upon, especially during these times.
China has hinted that its top diplomat Yang Jiechi and Indian NSA Ajit Doval may hold a bilateral meeting this week on the sidelines of the BRICS NSA Summit even as it warned New Delhi to shed "illusory thinking" and immediately withdraw troops that Beijing says have crossed into Chinese territory.