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2 May, 7 tweets, 4 min read
"MEA never sleeps." ?
EAM Jaishankar could have avoided getting into this.
Should have... in fact.
I hope @NZinIndia deleted the tweet because their SOS was addressed and not because they made someone look bad.
Noted, @NZinIndia.
“NZ is an unofficial colony of China.”

And… the conspiracy theorists are here!
And @IYC responds to EAM Jaishankar's charge that the whole thing was 'fake'.
So, did GoI speak with 🇳🇿 and 🇵🇭 in “strong terms” or no?

Either way, damage control is on.
What is this!
A Prime Minister who responds to media questions and considers herself answerable? Alien concept.

Here’s NZ PM Jacinda Ardern explaining the circumstances that led to @NZinIndia reaching out to @srinivasiyc for help.

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23 Apr
Fauci says the US will try to help India deal with its record-breaking Covid surge. "It is a dire situation that we're trying to help in any way we can."

“We have a long standing commitment to India’s public health,” adds a White House rep.

Seems like there’s still some confusion about this. Covishield production not impacted by US exports restrictions. That’s for Covovax.
"..we will rapidly deploy additional support to the people of India and India's health care heroes." - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
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18 Jun 20
18 Indian Army soldiers died in an ambush by an outlawed group 5 years ago. This group had received supplies and support from a neighbouring country, and at least some of its leaders are known to be sheltered in this same country.

Guess the country.

It’s China.
In June 2015, soldiers of 6 Dogra Regt died in an ambush in Manipur’s Chandel district.
Army’s SF responded by conducted raids on militant camps in Myanmar. The opening scene of Vicky Kaushal’s Uri depicts a cinematic version of that ops, but I digress.
The attack was claimed by United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFW), a group of nine militant groups led by NSCN-K and the Paresh Baruah's ULFA faction.

@Rezhasan covered this alliance in 2015, 2 month before the ambush. (3/n)
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30 Jan 20
‘Guns are being brandished in the national capital, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal are supporting it.’
For a good half and hour or more @republic TV and their reporter @aishkapoor passed off the shooter as the ‘real face of anti-CAA’ protests.
“How much violence do we have to watch and how much inconvenience do people need to keep facing.”
@republic TV anchor portraying the shooter as an anti-CAA protester seeking attention.
"Jamia protestor uses gun"
@republic ran this for at least half an hour. Didn't see any correction or apology. Image
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20 Jan 20
.@shadabmoizee’s documentary on the kin of those who went missing during the Muzaffarnagar riots, won him and @TheQuint the award in the category of ‘Hindi Journalism’ at #RNGAwards.
You can watch @shadabmoizee's #RNGAwards winning report here:
@shadabmoizee .@poonamjourno wins #RNGAwards for her relentless 2+ years long coverage of the problems with the #ElectoralBonds scheme for @TheQuint.
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"Vajpayee’s statesmanship sustained an ecosystem in which everything 'anti-Indian' passed off as 'Jamhooriyat' (democracy)." - @ahmedalifayyaz
"New Delhi shut its eyes not only to the unending flow of funds from overseas, but also to Islamabad’s largesse of MBBS seats every year to each of the separatist leaders in Pakistan’s medical colleges." - @ahmedalifayyaz
"When the founder of the Congress party in J&K, Mohammad Shafi Qureshi, died during the Burhan Wani mayhem in 2016, his family failed to find a place for his burial. A tomb was arranged in a Delhi cemetery." - @ahmedalifayyaz
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27 Jul 19
Brig Devinder Singh is a hero who was wronged.
Misrepresentation of his battle performance cost him a war medal and possibly led to his being passed over for promotion as Major-General. May have even missed a shot at becoming army chief because of internal politics. (Thread)
The Armed Forces Tribunal upheld claims that top commanders (including then GOC 15 Corps, Lt Gen Pal) falsified accounts of battles in the Batalik sector, where Brig Devinder Singh was operating and in command. Here's my report from May 2010 when the order was made public.
"In April 1999, Lieutenant-General Pal dismissed warnings emerging from a war game, which suggested that a Kargil-like intrusion could take place. Brigadier Singh played a key role in the war game; his appraisal was proved correct." - @praveenswami in 2010.
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