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Narendra Modi addresses the inaugural session of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Nepal | PTI

Land comes in the way of Modi govt’s Neighbourhood First and Act East, study shows

India-financed infrastructure projects in Nepal have a greater propensity to get delayed than projects supported by Japan, UK or organisations such as World Bank or ADB.
Narendra Modi

India’s Act East policy is slowly becoming Act Indo-Pacific policy under Modi government

India has placed the Indo-Pacific at the heart of its engagement with the countries of south, southeast and east Asia to counter China, writes Prabir De in his new book.
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s Indo-Pacific strategy must take along the neglected side: Eastern nations

Although India’s Look East and now Act East policy paid attention to them, the eastern neighbours were just seen as economic and strategic partners for a long time.
Narendra Modi

With BIMSTEC, Modi govt should let India’s border states do the talking, not New Delhi

While India projects its border states as bridges to neighbourhood, its policy in reality remains led and steered by New Delhi.

Time for Modi govt to mean business with BIMSTEC. Regional cooperation can’t wait for Pakistan

India’s economic defensiveness isn’t surprising given that its focus on connectivity is driven by the objective to respond to China’s Belt and Road.
Sarbananda Sonowal

NRC update by May-end, fence on Bangladesh border by December: Assam CM Sonowal

Sarbananda Sonowal says Centre has given a fresh push to ‘Act East’ policy to strengthen ties with ASEAN nations.

On Camera

Woman working on a laptop (Representational image) | Flickr

Is it ‘shirk from home’? Jury’s still out as Europe begins working from home again

There is no evidence yet of mass remote work’s impact in the longer term on company productivity, but the current outlook is mixed at best.

Harley Davidson to discontinue sales and manufacturing operations in India

Harley’s decision comes weeks after Toyota Motor Corp. said it won’t expand further in India due to the country’s high tax regime.

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian soldiers at LAC have go-ahead to open fire in self-defence, India tells China

With no signs of disengagement on the ground in Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a stand-off since April, both sides will stay dug in during the region’s bitter winter too.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?