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Vappala Balachandran
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Vappala Balachandran

The writer is a former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat

Articles by Vappala Balachandran

Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

Sep 15, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

This book presents a wealth of detail, digging deep into the murky crypts of the RAW and ISI. In the final...

India’s Abstention At The UN On Myanmar Vote

India’s Abstention At The UN On Myanmar Vote

Jun 23, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

It does not meet the objective of keeping China under check for which the next “Quad” Summit is meeting...

Twitter, Whatsapp And Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s US Tour

Twitter, Whatsapp And Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s US Tour

May 27, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

Regime needles US tech giants in the backdrop of foreign minister’s US visit

Central Encroachment Into West Bengal Even After Elections

Central Encroachment Into West Bengal Even After Elections

May 14, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

Ignoring all federal principles, fresh moves are afoot to use central government agencies to embarrass the...

Police Reforms In America After The George Floyd Killing

Police Reforms In America After The George Floyd Killing

Apr 30, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

Following the Floyd incident, several states in the US including New York have banned ‘chokeholds’.

Did The Election Commission Err Over Sitalkuchi Firing?

Did The Election Commission Err Over Sitalkuchi Firing?

Apr 15, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

On April 10, the CISF had opened fire on a ‘hostile’ crowd near Polling Booth number 126, killing 4 people

Mumbai Potboiler: Politicians Vs. Police

Mumbai Potboiler: Politicians Vs. Police

Mar 25, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

Any number of examples could be quoted when conscientious police chiefs had defied political leadership to...

Will The Quad Summit Dare Mention China?

Will The Quad Summit Dare Mention China?

Mar 11, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

Beijing appears wary of the first appearance of US President Joe Biden with Indian, Australian and Japanese...

Facial Recognition Systems: More Hype Than Reality

Facial Recognition Systems: More Hype Than Reality

Feb 25, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

The technology behind facial recognition systems is still work in progress. Yet Delhi police used it...

The Koch-Rajbongshi Conundrum And The 2021 Elections

The Koch-Rajbongshi Conundrum And The 2021 Elections

Feb 13, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

Home Minister Amit Shah’s meeting with the Cooch Behar Royal family underlines the influence of the divided...

What Biden Needs To Know About Afghanistan

What Biden Needs To Know About Afghanistan

Jan 28, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

Pakistan’s strategic aim of installing a Taliban controlled government in Kabul is only to destabilize India

Capitol Hill, Delhi Anti-Sikh Riots And The Missing Military

Capitol Hill, Delhi Anti-Sikh Riots And The Missing Military

Jan 14, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

In both these instances, much violence could have been prevented if the army had been deployed on time.

Kashmir DDC Elections: Hype Vs Reality

Kashmir DDC Elections: Hype Vs Reality

Dec 31, 2020 Vappala Balachandran

Were we vainglorious on the ‘peaceful’ holding of the Kashmir District Development Council Elections, ...

Bringing John Le Carre In From The Cold

Bringing John Le Carre In From The Cold

Dec 16, 2020 Vappala Balachandran

A top Indian sleuth demystifies one of the world’s best-known spy authors

Social Media and PsyWars: A Lesson From South Korea

Social Media and PsyWars: A Lesson From South Korea

Dec 01, 2020 Vappala Balachandran

The aggressive use of social media can win an election, or a war. It’s time to choose.

Will Joe Biden’s China Policy Work?

Will Joe Biden’s China Policy Work?

Nov 12, 2020 Vappala Balachandran

The US President-elect has pledged a ‘tough’ policy towards Beijing, while co-operating ‘where our...

Why Was Air Power Not Used In 1962?

Why Was Air Power Not Used In 1962?

Oct 14, 2020 Vappala Balachandran

During 1962 India - China war, the Chinese Air Force was rated to be the third biggest and strongest Air...

Jinnah's Role In Weakening Indian Territorial Integrity

Jinnah's Role In Weakening Indian Territorial Integrity

Sep 24, 2020 Vappala Balachandran

Muhammad Ali Jinnah had demanded autonomy for the provinces and one third Muslim presence in all ministries....