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Indira Gandhi was preparing for her upcoming election campaign when she received this note from Haksar five days into the new year, on January 5, 1971: PM may kindly see the report placed below prepared by the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW). I have long been feeling a sense of uneasiness about the intentions of Pakistan in future. The recent political developments in Pakistan have added to my anxieties. With the overwhelming victory of East Pakistan wing [Sheikh Mujibur Rahman], the solution of internal problems of Pakistan have become infinitely more difficult. Consequently, the temptation to seek solution to these problems by external adventures has become very great. I think that the time has come when our Armed Forces need to make a very realistic assessment both of Pakistan's capability and our response. I have a feeling that there are many weak spots in our defence capabilities. These need to be remedied without loss of time. I know how busy PM is. And yet, I venture to suggest that PM should call in all the three Chiefs of Staff, Defence Secretary and the Defence Minister and share with them her anxieties and ask them to urgently prepare their own assessment and make recommendations of what the requirements of each of the Services are so that we can feel a sense of security. I suggest that such a meeting should be held quietly and without any publicity...
Jairam Ramesh
Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST

'I want to clean up the mess Chamling has created'

Getting hold of Bhaichung Bhutia in World Cup season is not easy. One moment you see him on television, commentating, the next moment he's meeting football fans or dictating his World Cup match forecast or getting in and out of meetings to plan summer camp activities for the Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools. But India's most famous former footballer - he retired in 2011 - has a new goal, quite removed from the game.
Prasun Chaudhuri Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Goal Star

A hardcore political activist during his student days at Aligarh Muslim University and now a football administrator, Sharafatullah vividly remembers the evening he forced the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) to delay a crucial local league match for a schoolboy.
Jaydeep Basu Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Banish the whisper, talk about it

The feisty 16-year-old's name is Durga. Her hair is tied in a bun, she is wearing a light green kurti and leggings. Breathless from skipping, she says, "When Akshay Kumar [in the film Padman] sermonises on periods, then it makes for a great family film. But when we talk about it, it becomes a problem."
Manasi Shah Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Embrace, with open arms

A hundred years have passed since Indian soldiers laid down their lives to liberate the Israeli city of Haifa from the Ottoman army. A century later, it is India that looks up to the military prowess of Israel. The Narendra Modi-led government wants more and more Israeli defence companies to open shop in India and the latter have embraced the opportunity with gusto. In 2017, Israel signed a $2 billion deal with India to supply advanced missile defence systems - the biggest such deal in the history of Israel's defence industries.
Sonia Sarkar Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST

23 Air India flights delayed by glitch in check-in software 

Nearly two dozen Air India flights were delayed across its network including at Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Saturday after a technical glitch in the check-in software hampered operations, an airline spokesperson said. 
Jun 23, 2018 16:29 IST

Maharashtra ban on plastics comes into effect: ‘plastic that can’t be collected, regulated, recycled’

The Maharashtra government's state-wide ban on the use of plastic items, including carry-bags and thermocol, came into effect from Saturday. 
Jun 23, 2018 13:44 IST

Mamata calls off China trip

Mamata Banerjee cancelled her seven-day China trip just hours before she was to board her flight on Friday night.
Our Bureau Jun 23, 2018 00:00 IST

BJP will not allow Kashmir to break away from India, says Shah

Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India and the BJP will never allow it to be disintegrated from the country, party president Amit Shah in Saturday said during his first visit to the state after the saffron party withdrew support from the PDP-led government.
Jun 23, 2018 19:21 IST

On last day, SC judge asks a question

Justice Jasti Chelameswar, asked on Friday why a CPI leader had visited his home in January on the day he and three other judges of the Supreme Court held an unprecedented news conference, replied: "More important question is, who is meeting those who are in power and why?"
Jun 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Drip, drip, drip... decoded

A team of engineers announced on Friday that it had resolved the longstanding mystery of the source of sound from a dripping tap, widely considered annoying but a scientific curiosity for over a century.
G.S. Mudur Jun 23, 2018 00:00 IST

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