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India’s decision to stay engaged with Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and promise aid to its people is pragmatic. There’s obviously a realisation in New Delhi that it can’t abandon its stakes in Afghanistan and rightly so. This can also help ensure Afghanistan doesn’t become a base for forces inimical to India.

100 crore Covid vaccinations an achievement but the job isn’t done yet

India deserves to congratulate itself for touching the 100 crore Covid vaccination mark. It’s an achievement for governments, the healthcare and pharma sector and the public. The job, however, isn’t done. More second doses need to be pushed, speed sustained and the entire country covered sooner to banish the virus.

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