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

SubscriberWrites: India can’t act in isolation, leaving a vacuum in Afghanistan now could be dangerous

The upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet could be a game-changer for Afghanistan's future, writes Nischal Vats.

Experts say ‘redeployment’ of Pakistan terror groups in Afghanistan serious threat to India

As the Taliban tightens its grip over Afghanistan, the redeployment would undermine the aspirations of the Kashmiri population for peace, said regional expert Olivier Guillard.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Afghanistan reconciliation leader Abdullah Abdullah in New Delhi on 23 July. | Photo: Twitter/@DrJaishankar

India isn’t marginalised on Afghanistan. It never missed a bus worth taking to Kabul

India should show some strategic patience and wait for things to turn around. Nothing ever stays the same in Afghanistan.

How US can exit Afghanistan and still avoid the ‘betrayal’ tag

It is the US’ prerogative to leave. Too many American soldiers and officials have suffered. Yet, there is still much that can be done to sustain the gains of the last 20 years.

Taliban delegation visits China, says won’t allow terrorist forces to operate from Afghanistan

During the talks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed hope that Taliban can draw a clear line between themselves and the Uygur militant group, East Turkistan Islamic Movement.
Nazar Mohammad, popularly known as Khasha Zwan, is an Afghanistan comedian | Twitter

Videos of Afghan comedian found murdered show gunmen slapping him, photos show him tied to tree

Nazar Mohammad, popularly known as Khasha Zwan, was found murdered in Kandahar province last week. He had been kidnapped on 22 July.
United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and top Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar shake hands after signing the peace agreement, in Doha on 29 February

Give women place at the Afghan table. Their future is bleak in Taliban return

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.

If India can’t contribute to Taliban’s defeat, it must prevent their victory

Short of putting boots on the ground, India should put its full weight behind the Ghani government despite its many infirmities.
File image of Fırat Sunel, Turkey’s new ambassador to India | Twitter | @firatsunel

India, Turkey don’t need ‘reset’, partners can have opposing view on issues: Turkish envoy

In an exclusive interview, new Turkish ambassador Fırat Sunel says Turkey considers India a ‘friendly country’. On Afghan situation, he says ‘Taliban also a part of Afghan society’.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in India on 2-day visit to boost bilateral ties

Blinken's visit that commenced Tuesday is also aimed at discussing Afghanistan's security situation and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region under Quad.

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File photo of health workers at a makeshift Covid-19 quarantine facility set up in New Delhi | Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Why the pandemic’s invisible deaths needs to be counted

A better grasp of the toll is vital to assess the precise, real-world impact of vaccines and other preventative measures, or to understand just how lethal variants have been.
Several fraudulent withdrawals were made from the MEA employees' GPF accounts | Bloomberg

Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at 18.2% of budget estimate for FY22 at end of June

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit was at Rs 2,74,245 crore. For the current financial year, the government expects the fiscal deficit at 6.8% of GDP or Rs 15,06,812 crore.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.