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India’s Trump worries


When American President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, Indian officials were quick to voice their concerns. Delhi has invested substantial amounts of money in development projects in Afghanistan and has depended for... More
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India’s new discreet diplomacy in South Asia


subir The last two weeks have cooled nerves in Delhi and vindicated its new-found faith in discreet diplomacy as a better option than the initial muscular, jingoist approach of the Narendra Modi administration. This approach, pioneered by... More
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Modi now looks vulnerable 


The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile


On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi... More
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After CBI, now RBI 


The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number... More
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RSS: Glasnost or public relations?


India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the... More
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BJP ‘s mindless rhetoric 


There seems to be some kind of in-house competition within the BJP to rubbish neighbours to gain domestic mileage. This could have disastrous impact on the conduct of foreign policy and India's long-term interests will suffer. For... More
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Redefine Act East thrust 


India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will... More

India’s multi alignment challenge 


This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi... More
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Pillar to post and an uncertain future for 4 million


Few among the 4 million residents of Assam whose names have been excluded in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens are able to take it easy. BJP MLA from Morigaon in central Assam Rama KantaDeori... More

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?


Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest... More
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The Wuhan spirit of cooperation picks up


The informal Modi-Xi summit at Wuhan had decided to provide “strategic guidance” to their militaries to manage and defuse troop confrontations along the 4057 km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two leaders asserted that during patrolling,... More
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Rahul Gandhi’s coalition politics 


Leaders of India's oldest party, Congress, now seem reconciled to the politics of coalition as the only way to return to power. In a recent meeting of the Congress Working Committee, former finance minister P Chidambaram (PC... More
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Mamata squanders China opportunity


West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lived upto her reputation as the enfant terrible of Indian politics when she cancelled her scheduled trip to China at the last moment. Her spokesperson blamed it on the 'failure to... More
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In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US


China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in... More
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Modi’s report card not inspiring


Much was made of the four years of Modi government by spin doctors of the India's ruling BJP last week. Prime minister Narendra Modi himself went ballistic against a possible opposition alliance much before it has crystallised,... More
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Karnataka: Great for Indian democracy but not for Hasina 


The post poll developments in the southern state of Karnataka doubtlessly augurs well for Indian democracy. The Supreme Court's bold verdict in restricting the time given to BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, to prove its majority... More
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Citizenship Bill amendment protests rocks Assam


The ruling BJP is clearly on the defensive over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and seems to playing for time on the issue. The Bill proposes to provide citizenship or stay rights in India to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan... More
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BCIM will take off after Wuhan


One of the key takeaway from the Xi-Modi 'informal summit at Wuhan appears to be the long dormant BCIM. The separate communiques issued after Wuhan alluded to BCIM positively. The two leaders seem to have agreed to... More

CAATSA a new major hitch in India-US relations


India is very upset with a new US law that may affect its critical defence imports from its traditional supplier of military hardware Russia. And if the US sticks to its guns and does not waive off... More
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Ops Gagan Shakti raises eyebrows


Despite Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat flexing muscles over the military's two front war capability, the Air Force has been less than enthusiastic about making tall claims. A former Air Chief, on condition of strict anonymity,... More

COLUMN

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy

When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence of India in Afghanistan, although the Indian government has, as of lately, been busy responding to Trump’s jibe by listing its many projects in Afghanistan worth billions of dollars. But there can... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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