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EAM S. Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New Delhi, July 2021 | Twitter

Did India rely too much on US? Taliban siege of Kabul is affecting our regional power status

Americans betrayed Afghanistan. And Afghans betrayed themselves. This round in the Great Game went to Pakistan as India watched.
PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok

3 realpolitik lessons India learnt since Indo-Soviet treaty was signed 50 yrs ago

Qatar's invitation to India to participate in the Taliban talks this week is an indication India has learnt several lessons in realpolitik.
EAM S. Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New Delhi, July 2021 | Twitter

In India, there is a fight for Afghanistan – between the ‘be patient’ and ‘be active’ schools

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.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken | Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

Blinken can clear air on India’s Af-Pak dilemma, but Modi-Jaishankar need the Middle Path

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.
(File image) Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar (left) meets Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani (right) in Dushanbe, on 29 March 2021 | Twitter

India alone on Afghan chessboard as US, Russia pick Pakistan. Here’s what Delhi can do

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.
Foreign minister S Jaishankar with Iran President-elect Ebrahim Raisi | Twitter

The Afghan chessboard is up for grabs again. And India is looking towards Iran this time

Pakistan is the most important player in Afghanistan today — it has waited for 20 years for the Americans to leave.

Modi must consolidate Dalai Lama legacy as Xi’s grip on Tibet gets tighter

If New Delhi and Dharamshala are not able to overcome this overwhelming sense of disarray, it could cost them both.
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Wangchuk and Prime Minister Lotay Tshering (R) at Champela outpost | Facebook/KingJigmeKhesar

Bhutan’s King trekked to stop Covid. But he’s walking between India and China

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’.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken | Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

In the subcontinent, a reboot is being attempted and US is everywhere—Delhi, Islamabad, Kabul

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.
PM Modi virtually addressing the G7 Summit | Twitter @MEAIndia

G7 focus on China a breather for Modi’s India. But questions on Covid drugs won’t go away

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.

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Vodafone store | Representational Image | Bloomberg

Global investors are afraid to look at Indian telecom market. Vodafone CEO can change that

A true revival of the Indian telecom sector will require an optimistic view of the future, which is a difficult ask given the industry’s chequered past.
Logos of Advent International, Eureka Forbes and Shapoorji Pallonji Group | Commons

Advent to buy Eureka Forbes from Shapoorji Pallonji Group for Rs 4,400 cr

The sale provides an opportunity for the Shapoorji Pallonji Group to reduce debt and focus on core real estate operations after its businesses were hammered by the pandemic.

Defence

Representative image | From left to right: File photo of Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Navy chief Karambir Singh and Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Defence ministry plans uniform retirement age for army, navy & air force, more years of service

The move is expected to help cut salary, pension bills & address issues of re-employment & staff shortage. India is the world's third-largest defence spender, but much of it is on wages.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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