Monday, 17 January, 2022
TopicDiplomacy

Topic: Diplomacy

What’s the hype about 2+2 talks India’s holding with US, Japan, Australia & now Russia

After India-Russia 2+2 talks, there will be four countries with which India will have a similar format of dialogue involving the foreign as well as defence ministers from both sides.

Oil to anti-terror — How India under Modi reinvented itself on world diplomacy map

In ‘The Midway Battle’, Gautam Chintamani writes that Modi made it clear India would no longer be an afterthought on world stage.

More visible & vocal — India’s homegrown think tanks are booming, influencing debate & policy

India’s expanding global footprint, and need for specialisation in governance, are among factors that are behind the rise of think tanks in the country over the last decade.

India refutes Pakistan’s claim of RAW’s role in blast outside JuD chief Hafiz Saeed’s house

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said it is not new for Pakistan to engage in 'baseless propaganda' against India and the country should set its own house in order instead

Hafiz Saeed or Kashmir? Why Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf is ‘abandoning’ talks with India

It would be wise if Gen Bajwa and others who presumably support peace between India-Pakistan go through the roster to see just who is bent on sending relations into a tailspin again.

Jaishankar calls on Kuwait PM, conveys greetings on 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties

The minister said that he appreciated the Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah’s commitment to taking the partnership between two countries to higher levels.

Jaishankar arrives in Kuwait on bilateral visit

The visit comes nearly 3 months after India & Kuwait decided to establish a joint ministerial commission to strengthen ties in sectors like energy, trade, IT, investment and labour.

India needs to be more India, not China. ‘Dictator envy’ won’t lead us out of crisis

In my experience as a diplomat representing India, credibility counted for more than perception in advancing India's interests.

World badly needs vaccine diplomacy, that’s the lesson from polio & smallpox

The long record of 'vaccine diplomacy' confirms that diseases don’t always divide nations. The very act of fighting pathogens can foster comity and collaboration between them.

Kennedy’s assassination had an unexpected impact on India-China relations

In ‘Life in American Politics & Diplomatic Years in India’, former diplomat Richard Celeste writes that there was a proposal to increase US military aid to India after 1962.

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Army chief Gen M.M. Naravane addressing the annual press conference on 12 January | ANI

Many good reasons to demilitarise Siachen. But India-Pakistan ties too torn to allow it

After 10 years, India has spoken about Siachen. Army chief General Naravane said that the country wasn’t opposed to demilitarisation of the glacier.

RBI proposes changes to valuation of bank investments, relaxing of investment class rules

A Reserve Bank of India discussion paper Friday suggested removing caps on the Held-To-Maturity class of securities, and allowing more types of instruments to be held within them.

Defence

File photo of Indian and Chinese troops disengaging from the banks of the Pangong lake area in eastern Ladakh | ANI

These Chinese fears about India ‘choking’ key road are holding up Hot Springs disengagement

A 13-hour meeting of Indian and Chinese military commanders held last week ended without an agreement, and further talks are expected to be held.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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