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Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he boards Air India One for Maldives in November 2018| PTI File Photo

Churning in Maldives raises Delhi’s stakes in Indian Ocean. Why Modi should rule the waves

Modi government's troubled vaccine policy has meant that India is short of a diplomatic route that could have helped strengthen ties with Maldives and keep China out.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2021 | Twitter @BJP4India

India’s vaccine diplomacy is falling apart. Why PM Modi can’t convince EU to waive patents

While Modi waxed eloquent on India-EU trade talks, European leaders were unhappy at US for supporting Delhi's demand to waive Covid vaccine patents.

Western press critical of Modi, so why is G-7 inviting him to UK summit?

Despite Modi’s hubris in declaring victory on the virus, the world recognises that the prime minister remains the tallest leader on the national landscape.
File photo of US President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C. | Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Bloomberg

DC to Delhi — 5 reasons why Biden admin changed its mind on helping Covid-struck India

From ‘America first’, the Biden administration took a quick U-turn to offering support to India in its time of Covid crisis. But why the belated reply?

Why PM Modi putting faith before science on Covid is damaging India’s reputation abroad

For the moment, Bangladesh is stuck between a rock and a hard place, although foreign minister S. Jaishankar has said that India will fulfil its commitments.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at Hyderabad House on 6 April 2021 | Twitter: @ANI

Jaishankar’s slip of tongue, Lavrov’s Pakistan trip — why all’s not well with India-Russia

Tensions between Jaishankar and Lavrov are a tell-tale sign that 'time-tested' India-Russia ties are shrinking because both sides are not willing to be sensitive towards each other.

Why PM Modi and Gen Bajwa mean business with India-Pakistan peace talks. Nothing else matters

What can India and Pakistan give each other to save face? This jockeying for a framework of give-and-take is likely what’s going on today.
Bangladesh's founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman | Wikimedia Commons

Modi in Bangladesh, Jaishankar in Dushanbe show India’s neighborhood swagger is back

By honouring Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with the Gandhi peace prize, Modi is also showing that he is completing the task that the Congress forgot to do over the last 50 years.
PM Narendra Modi | Commons

Kabul to Dhaka — Modi saying India and South Asia belong to each other, no room for three

Modi’s India is now firmly sitting on the Afghan table, talking to Pakistan about Indus waters, no longer calling Bangladeshis ‘termites’ — a new Great Game is afoot.
From left to right: MoS Jitendra Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and PM Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Why Modi, Jaishankar believe in the strong China model and trashing Western reports

The coronavirus pandemic taught Modi a key lesson in realpolitik – that the rules are different for the strong and powerful.

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Rich, wealth-flashing drug peddlers NCB is looking for. They are the ‘pandemic brats’

NCB has arrested 102 drug dealers in the past six months – 70% of them in 15-35 age group. NCB says most are inspired by the glamorous portrayal of drug lords on OTT platforms.
A collection of bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum tokens

What the Crypto crowd doesn’t understand about economics

Fiat currency won’t just go away, so over the long run crypto could actually boost the value of the dollar by stifling the rise of potential competitors.

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Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force to take place by 2022, says IAF Chief

IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria also said that some deliveries from France have been ahead of time, while minor delays happened with 'one or two' aircraft due to Covid-related issues.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.