On a day that the clouds of uncertainty surrounding the proposed talks between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan finally lifted, Pakistan too officially confirmed that a key terrorist leader was being held as part of its investigation into the militant strike at an Indian air force […]
Stopping engagement and resorting to Jingoistic rhetoric do not guarantee an end to Pakistani provocations; instead they give a veto on bilateral relations to terrorists and weaken the opponents of the security state paradigm in Pakistan.
When India engages with the whole range of bilateral issues, including those dear to Pakistan’s heart, the government in Islamabad can take steps and make gestures that it cannot if these appear to be capitulation to Indian ultimatums.
There is need on the Indian side for the country to get its defensive act in order.
While the leaders have been careful in public, the terms in which foreign and security policy are discussed in China, India (and Japan) have become much more shrill.
The Pathankot attack comes not as a surprise but as an affirmation of what many commentators had anticipated after Narendra Modi’s dramatic stop over at Lahore – that Pakistani spoilers of the renewed peace process were likely to test the resolve of the two prime ministers. What remained to be […]
What Narendra Modi must do to make sure the “Force” remains with India
Modi’s decision to “drop by” on Nawaz Sharif is the clearest sign yet that he is serious about embarking on a new course with Pakistan.
For those from a generation unfamiliar with the political cult classic, The Ugly American, the conduct of the United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman at the World Trade Organisation Nairobi Ministerial, would have served as a good introduction. Even before he had boarded the plane to Nairobi, Froman had […]
With the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ being mentioned only once in the revised strategy, it is clear the core focus for the navy wisely remains the Indian Ocean.
What is it with BJP ministers that an official visit to the United States persuades them that there is virtue in playing deputy sheriff to Uncle Sam?
The new Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia will have to be bold and imaginative in keeping bilateral ties on an even keel
Even as its current Afghan policy is to keep Pakistan happy, the US should remember why it went in to Afghanistan in the first place.
The worry, however, is that come election time in West Bengal and Assam, the electoral machine of the BJP may hijack the government’s Pakistan policy once again.
New Delhi: In a move that could potentially mark the resumption of high-level contact between the foreign offices of India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided in principle to send External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Islamabad for a December 8 multilateral meeting on Afghanistan. Pakistan extended a […]
Focusing on tangible issues such as pharmaceutical exports and building factories makes good headlines for politicians who want to be seen doing something. But to truly improve healthcare in India and Africa, there needs to be much greater focus on the basics.
In January 2008 I was on a visit to Australia as the Indian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, to seek support for a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) ,which would permit its members to engage in civil nuclear cooperation with India. A related part of my brief […]
India is interested in Africa’s natural resources, but as a partner in development and not as an exploiter
Prime Minister flags the TPP and the South China Sea dispute as issues which should not disrupt mutually beneficial processes in the region.
Instead, she will be a great power through building her own strength and capabilities and continuing to show wisdom and good sense in her choice of engagements abroad.
Two features stand out from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK last week. British Prime Minister David Cameron spent two full days with him, signalling his personal commitment to boosting the bilateral relationship. This included a rare overnight stay at his country residence, Chequers and welcome […]
New Delhi: Shoring up efforts to combat terrorism and enhancing economic engagement will be the focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he addresses two powerful regional blocs at the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits during his three-day visit to Kuala Lumpur beginning Saturday. Modi will also hold talks […]
His 2003 visit to the UK was a nerve-racking and politically fraught affair, writes Satyabrata Pal, who was India’s Deputy High Commissioner in London at the time.
Modi has not hidden the fact that the principal goal of his visit was to sell his economic agenda in a city which is one of two great financial centres of the world.
For the first time in a public setting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced questions Thursday on intolerance in India and the 2002 Gujarat riots, ducking the latter but insisting in clear and forthright terms that incidents of violence would not be tolerated.
It’s been barely a day since Narendra Modi arrived in London on his first visit to the UK as Prime Minister of India and it is already clear that this is likely to be a memorable trip. He has had one round of discussions with Prime Minister David Cameron […]
London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived here on his maiden visit to the United Kingdom that will see him holding talks with top British leaders including his counterpart David Cameron. The Prime Minister flew into the British capital on his three-day visit with a hectic schedule aimed at boosting […]
With access to papers and personal documents from both sides of the border, the authors have produced a history that will be a valuable resource to students of military affairs
Since the constitutional issue is primarily internal to Nepal, Kathmandu has to move towards accommodating Madhes. Likewise, Indian policy makers need to realise that any amount of coercive diplomacy, intended or unintended, declared or undeclared, has its limits.
India and Indonesia are civilisational cousins yet neither Indians nor Indonesians are cognizant of their historical closeness – in matters of language, culture, religion and world view.
New Delhi: India on Thursday announced a concessional credit of $10 billion to Africa in the next five years – a doubling of its existing commitment – and grant assistance of $600 million as Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the continent’s leaders to speak in “one voice” with it in pushing for […]
The business end of IAFS 2015 has focused on India’s role in building Africa’s infrastructure. But will it work?
Africa is experiencing greater productivity, stability and trade than ever before. Seven of the world’s fastest growing economies are now from the continent. All of this means Africa’s engagement with the world is an opportunity for better, more equal relations.
So far, the NDA government has been a mute spectator to the US pharma strategy of forcing Indian generics manufacturers to produce only what is required for Indian consumers and abandon the export of cheap drugs to Africa.
While diplomatic relations are expected to deepen, trade and investment remain hobbled by global and domestic factors
As part of the media outreach for the Third India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) taking place in New Delhi next week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an “interaction” with journalists from African media organisations.
When the India-Africa Forum Summit takes place in New Delhi next week, leaders from both sides will face the challenge of turning words and sentiments into a plan of action that establishes a new paradigm for international economic relations
The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations were conducted in secrecy and leave out large nations such as China, Brazil and India but it is too early to say if such an arrangement will work
The first step has been taken, but there are several key issues and hurdles that will come up before the Paris negotiations on climate change.
The PM needs to make better use of India’s diplomatic energy and talent than the childish squabbling with Pakistan that we have seen over the past few days.