Americans betrayed Afghanistan. And Afghans betrayed themselves. This round in the Great Game went to Pakistan as India watched.
Qatar's invitation to India to participate in the Taliban talks this week is an indication India has learnt several lessons in realpolitik.
India is going along with the US belief that if enough countries refuse to accept the Taliban, then it will be difficult for the group to take Kabul.
Even if the US is looking at the cases of sedition and infringement of freedoms under Modi govt, it will hardly seek to antagonise India. For the moment, Modi’s China gamble has paid off.
The 1996 India-Iran-Russia effort to contain the Taliban cannot be replicated in 2021;like Washington, Moscow has its own interests and so does Tehran.
Pakistan is the most important player in Afghanistan today — it has waited for 20 years for the Americans to leave.
If New Delhi and Dharamshala are not able to overcome this overwhelming sense of disarray, it could cost them both.
Bhutan is sandwiched between two Asian giants — one forcing it to show its hand, while another has the potential to make it a ‘vaccine maitri’.
The outcome of 24 June talks between Modi and Kashmir leadership is bound to go a long way in putting a ballast into the India-Pakistani back-channel.
G7 diplomats are now echoing the Supreme Court of India — why hasn't the Modi govt granted compulsory licences to pharma companies to at least manufacture anti-Covid drugs if not vaccines.