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Putin’s visit is a defining moment for India-Russia ties. It’s a telling message to China

Russian president’s visit comes at a time when geopolitical friendships are in a state of flux. But Putin and Modi won’t loosen their very special embrace.

Putin’s visit to Delhi can be Advantage Modi. He just has to deepen Russia-China wedge

New Delhi’s growing proximity to the US is cause for celebration and can be used as leverage with Moscow, and vice-versa.

Allowing Indian wheat for Afghanistan, reopening Kartarpur. Is peace on Pakistan mind?

Even if Pakistan military is making peace overture, what is its motive? Some say the country is overstretched on Afghanistan front and badly needs some let up.

India wants to be a big player in Afghanistan, so why isn’t it giving visas to Afghans?

By getting the Russian, Iranian and five Central Asian NSAs to Delhi for a conference, India shows it can expand the Afghanistan game.

When Modi returns, photo of him with Pope Francis will stand out. Nothing else will matter

Modi leaves nothing to chance. Not when Goa elections are coming up, and India’s secular credentials are being questioned.

India’s distance with Pakistan and Bangladesh growing. Cricket can help

It’s high time New Delhi took a tough position on refusing to allow party politics to dictate foreign policy, especially in the neighbourhood.

Why US and India are taking on China with a ‘Middle Eastern Quad’

China has been wooing Israel and the UAE. Now they both seem to have been pulled away to be part of a second Quad, or the first murmurings of a new world order.

China believes its time has come. But here’s what it hasn’t come to terms with yet

At the 13th round of corps commanders-level talks, India 'stuck to its stand' that it's the Chinese who disturbed the status quo last year. But Beijing has only upped the ante.

US diplomats and Denmark PM are visiting India. But one country is punching above its weight

Behind these visits lie two questions: Who is India’s next foreign secretary and who is the most powerful foreign diplomat?

SAARC is well and truly dead. Let’s acknowledge that, conduct its funeral rites and move on

China is no longer the elephant in the SAARC room, it occupies the entire zoo. India would rather jump over its neighbourhood and build ties with US, France, UK, Russia, and the Quad.

On Camera

YourTurn

Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 6 January 2021 | Eric Lee | Bloomberg

Texas attack shows a long, violent struggle for America’s soul is inevitable

The shock of Covid 19—both economic and cultural—has strengthened the maniacal conspiracy culture with which the American Right is suffused.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.

Defence

German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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