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Looking West with strategic autonomy

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BusinessLine Ever since Independence in 1947, India has carefully crafted its policies, to avoid getting drawn into the vortex of regional conflicts and global rivalries, which could adversely affect its national interests. The initial years were spent in seek... More »

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Advantage India, after Balakot air strike

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BusinessLine After the precision air strikes by the Indian Air Force on the small town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, public attention in India is now focused on bringing the leaders of the Jaish-e- Mohammed, including Jaish Supremo Maul... More »

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China’s disdain for religious freedoms

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BusinessLine Condemning the role of religion in the lives of people, Karl Marx proclaimed: “Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless creature, the soul of soulless conditions, it is the opium of the people.” While echoing Marx, ... More »

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Myanmar-Bangladesh spat has China smiling

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BusinessLine One of India’s most remarkable diplomatic achievements has been that it has settled its maritime boundaries with all its eastern neighbours. This has been achieved, not only through bilateral agreements on maritime boundaries with Bangladesh, Sri ... More »

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Donald Trump’s Afghan gambit – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Given his distaste for military interventions abroad, US President Donald Trump has announced his decision to expedite withdrawal of American forces from Syria and Afghanistan. His critics note that this would amount to betrayal of America’s allie... More »

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Democracy booster shot in South Asia

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BusinessLine A development that has received scant notice in global politics is the democratisation of South Asia, where elected governments rule all the regional countries. An alliance of Maoists and the Communist Party (UML) was voted to power in Nepal in No... More »

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The long and winding road to Kartarpur

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BusinessLine Pakistan’s sudden decision to open the Kartarpur shrine for Indian pilgrims predictably raised suspicions in India. Pakistan had earlier opened other Sikh holy shrines, like in the Gurudwara Nankana Sahib and the Dera Sahib Gurudwara in Lahore, fo... More »

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Emerging balance of power in Asia

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BusinessLine Ever since the assumption of power in the US by President Donald Trump and his advocacy of a radically new American approach to global policies, chanceries across Europe, Africa and Asia have appeared bewildered about how to deal with America. Tru... More »

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Putin visit revitalises India-Russia ties

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BusinessLine The United States believed that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a new Russia could be brought to its knees by economic pressures and political manoeuvres. Washington sought to see that Moscow’s leadership remained in the hands of individua... More »

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How not to engage with Pakistan

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BusinessLine The External Affairs Ministry’s Spokesman announced on September 20 that: “In response to the spirit reflected in letters from the Prime Minster and Foreign Minister of Pakistan”, India had agreed to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s proposal f... More »

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Realism must mark India’s ties with US

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BusinessLine While public attention was focused on the highly publicised “2+2 Dialogue,” between the Foreign and Defence Ministers of India and the US, two interesting developments took place in India’s relations with China. The first was a remarkably warm mee... More »

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Dealing with Imran Khan – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Imran Khan was sworn in as Prime Minister on August 18, after winning a vote of confidence in Pakistan’s National Assembly decisively against Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif. There has been speculation in India about how to deal with a Pakis... More »