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This Pakistani rap is promoting peace with India, the kitchen talk way

Humsaye Ma Jaye uses everyday language to question the high-octane war rhetoric. Viral in Pakistan, the video is gaining traction in India.
Protestors holding Tricolor raise slogans during a demonstration against the Pulwama terror attack

India has been squeezing Pakistan economically even before Pulwama

Indian efforts to punish Pakistan economically date back to the Cold War, but results have started coming in only since 2007.
most favored nation

Revoking Pakistan’s MFN status: Proportionate reply or Modi exploring diplomatic steps first?

A day after the horrific attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama that killed at least 37 CRPF personnel, Narendra Modi government withdrew ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status for Pakistan, in place since 1996.
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

As US-Taliban talks progress, India reaches out to China to discuss Afghanistan’s future

India is concerned that the US might delay July’s Afghan elections and bring in a caretaker govt, in a bid to rush its withdrawal from the war-torn country.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

China is buying good press across the world, one paid journalist at a time

It coincides with launch of Belt and Road initiative and president Xi Jinping's call to “tell China’s story better” to the world.

Sedition case against Sidhu for hugging Pak army chief a test of nationalism or paranoia?

Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is facing a sedition complaint for allegedly insulting the Indian Army by hugging the Pakistan army chief at Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony. Sidhu said his visit to Pakistan was “not about politics” and called the hug an “emotional” response. ThePrint asks – Sedition case against Sidhu for hugging Pak army chief a test of nationalism or paranoia? How is it okay to hug Pak PM but not army chief if the chief is key to peace process? Chanchal Manohar Singh Journalist and chairman, Society for Promotion of Peace What Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu did was right. He had gone to Pakistan as a friend of their Prime Minister Imran Khan, not as an Indian politician. Punjab’s cultural heritage lies in Pakistan as well. Those who are criticising Sidhu for going there are not expected to view Punjab’s relationship with Pakistan in the same way as we do here. His...
Ports Of Becancourt & Quebec City

Saudi Arabia suspends diplomatic ties with Canada as Ottawa slams activist’s arrest

Riyadh said the 'sharp reaction' was meant to 'prevent any party from attempting to meddle with Saudi sovereignty'.
Modi and Jinping

China and SAARC will be the pivots of India’s rise as global superpower

Several geopolitical developments have the potential to position India as the world’s most influential democracy in the second half of the century.
South Asia faces challenges of infrastructure, security, healthcare, education and livelihood | Jeff Holt, Bloomberg

New Delhi conclave to dissect the promise of South Asia

The conclave organised by Oxford University Press aims to introduce new ideas on modern South Asia to the larger public.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Seychelles President Danny Antoine Rollen Faure | PTI

Will the Indian Ocean soon become China’s Ocean?

With China expanding its influence in the Indo-Pacific, India needs to up its game to strengthen its presence in the area.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.


Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.