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China’s activities in Bhutan, Nepal should ring alarm bells in India. Does Delhi have a plan?

Reports of a 'Chinese village' in Bhutan and China’s hand in Nepali politics is more proof that Beijing sees a leadership vacuum in India’s neighbourhood.
File photo | Antony Blinken | Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

What the guitar-playing new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken means for India

Blinken, Joe Biden’s nominee, is a crucial foreign policy player. He talks about refugees, China ties, and getting Modi government to sign Paris Accord.
Asad Durrani

Barack Obama memoir says a lot. But it’s ex-ISI chief Asad Durrani’s book that needs attention

While India is obsessed about what former US President Barack Obama said about Rahul Gandhi, it is a fiction book from Pakistan that we must turn to.

Abki baar, Modi must stitch a better friendship with Biden-Harris US sarkar

Narendra Modi has moved to soothe Biden-Harris but if the past is any guide, the President-elect and his VP-elect's worldview may be radically different.
File photo of Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Photo: Facebook | ImranKhanOfficial

Does Imran Khan’s Gilgit-Baltistan vow mean Pakistan has accepted India’s Article 370 move?

In Gilgit-Baltistan, geography trumps politics. And China, India and Pakistan are in the new Great Game.
File image of Nepal PM K.P. Sharma Oli | Photo: ANI

Why NSA Doval and his men are asserting themselves in Nepal, rather than MEA

PM Modi wants relationship with Nepal fixed. So R&AW chief Samant Goel and his team boarded a special aircraft to the Himalayan republic.
(L-R) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Fazlur Rahman and Maryam Nawaz Sharif, during the PDM Karachi Jalsa, Oct | Twitter/@BBhuttoZardari

Pakistan’s opposition is publicly naming all-powerful army as root of all evil. But what now?

For India, the Pakistan Democratic Movement is the most important shift in our neighbour’s contemporary history.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump | @narendramodi | Twitter

Maldives to Moscow — India prepares for brave new Biden world after Modi-Trump bonhomie

US’ Pompeo and Esper are flying down for the ‘2+2’ dialogue — something they could have done virtually. Shows depth of Modi-Trump ties.
File photo of Narendra Modi and President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in New Delhi, 2018 | PIB

Keep low profile on Afghanistan, as Pakistan holds key to war and peace — Abdullah to Modi

Pakistan is key to get the stalled Afghan-Taliban talks back on keel. PM Modi knows India must bide its time.
File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.

On Camera

Arnab Goswami can chill. Congress won’t come after him because of ‘Mahatma’ syndrome

Arnab Goswami's WhatsApp chats submitted by Mumbai Police in TRP scam can have all kinds of incriminating evidence. But it's not enough to make India's opposition speak up.
Representational image| A market in Beijing, China. | Pixabay

China’s economy grew 2.3% in 2020, accelerating global rise

With global output likely contracting 4.2% last year, China’s gains mean it increased its share of the world economy to 14.5%, according to World Bank.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet of the IAF getting refuelled mid-air | File image | Credit: IAF

IAF looks to lease mid-air refuellers amid critical shortage, seeks offers from Airbus, Boeing 

India’s refueller fleet currently comprises six Russian IIyushin-78 tankers, first inducted in 2003, that are facing maintenance and serviceability issues.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.