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Forgotten story of great Hindu merchants in Central Asia shows enterprise can defeat China

The fortunes Indian merchants built in Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent were based on a single, simple thing: Selling all that Central Asian consumers needed.

Hiding Nazi connect to helping KGB spy, Queen Elizabeth II put family first

Queen Elizabeth II and her mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon allegedly protected a KGB spy for fear he might reveal the dark family secrets of Edward VIII.

‘Diamonds are cheap’, Imran’s aiming to crack Pakistan’s toughest institution

The curse of the five-carat diamond hasn’t just fallen on Imran and Bushra, though. It is also burning through the authority of the all-powerful Generals.

Sheikh Hasina’s Teesta water calls turn desperate. But Modi is weighing national interest

Modi govt needs to engage with the costs a Teesta deal will have on West Bengal farmers. But it also can't ignore the cost of a hostile govt and civil society in Bangladesh.

China’s campaign to obliterate Uyghurs is sowing seeds for generations of hate & conflict

In a secret meeting, Xi Jinping had asked his officials to act without mercy. Years later, the crushing of Uyghurs has a heavy cost.

3 fears emerged when Kabul fell. A year later, none of them have come true

Like the US and Soviet Union before it, China is discovering the grand plans of Great Powers don’t survive contact with the realities in Afghanistan.

Surveillance state isn’t a secure one. Indian govts need to get this

For all practical purposes, India’s intelligence services acted as instruments of the prime minister—with no legal framework for their operations, nor accountability.

Taliban won’t give up al-Qaeda, not after US killing al-Zawahiri. Kabul’s a safe haven

Pragmatists in Taliban have been willing to sacrifice global jihadism for international recognition and state-building aid. But it's not that simple.

Imran Inc: How Pakistani Generals manufactured ‘Mr Clean’ using disgraced billionaire’s funds

Fighting extradition to the US, Pakistani businessman Arif Naqvi is at the centre of a storm over his role in financing the rise of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf.

ISIS is growing again in Syria. Blame the grim deadlock between great powers

In 2019, US President held up a map showing the destruction of ISIS caliphate in Iraq & Syria: The tiny spot that remained, he vowed, would be ‘gone by tonight.’

On Camera

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File photo of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor | PTI

Kharge, Tharoor won’t matter, it’s the definition of Congress politician that must change

Can the Congress politician sacrifice the search for patronage? The answer to this question will indeed determine the future of India’s oldest party.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

Naval Group & IIT Goa signing agreement to extend partnership on 28 September | Twitter @navalgroup

France’s Naval Group, IIT Goa extend R&D deal for underwater surveillance, submarine imaging

Agreement will act as catalyst for improving analysis of data collected by underwater sensors through application of neural systems & AI.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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