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US President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on 24 September 2021 | Photographer: Al Drago | Bloomberg

Democracies need to focus on foreign policy too. Only solving domestic issues won’t save them

While the urge to put one’s own house in order is commendable, it is important to ensure that such exercises do not deteriorate into navel-gazing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while departing for New York for addressing at the 76th session of UNGA, in Washington DC Friday. | Photo: ANI

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.
PM Narendra Modi in 2017 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

US diplomats and Denmark PM are visiting India. But one country is punching above its weight

Behind these visits lie two questions: Who is India’s next foreign secretary and who is the most powerful foreign diplomat?
File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Strategic autonomy key to successful Indian foreign policy in next decade, experts say

New paper by leading policymakers & analysts, released Saturday, discusses India's Neighbourhood First policy & ways it can become a front-ranking power in Asia in the next decade.
US President Joe Biden interacts with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga, during a virtual QUAD summit, on 12 March 2021 | PTI Photo

A US not tied in Afghanistan only helps India deal with Pakistan problem better

India had the power to take away Pakistan’s 'location' card but it didn't have the determination and guts with which Rawalpindi has played that card.
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Wangchuk and Prime Minister Lotay Tshering (R) at Champela outpost | Facebook/KingJigmeKhesar

Bhutan’s King trekked to stop Covid. But he’s walking between India and China

Bhutan is sandwiched between two Asian giants — one forcing it to show its hand, while another has the potential to make it a ‘vaccine maitri’.
File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

No great choices between the two ex-diplomats’ camps. Both equally incoherent

The defence of Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi’s foreign policies are both disjointed, and reflect the confusion at the heart of India's foreign policy.
(L-R) Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, and Narendra Modi | ThePrint

Biden’s US is done engaging with China. This is what India should do now

As much as the US is a crucial partner for India, spreading foreign policy risk may be just as crucial.
PM Modi speaking at theUS-India Strategic Partnership Forum | Twitter @narendramodi

As Nepal PM Oli mangles constitution & woos Modi, India changes track again, watches silently

It’s no longer clear whether New Delhi is trying to influence Kathmandu or whether Oli is manipulating the Indian leadership.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, with Home Minister Amit Shah (in the background) | Atul Yadav | PTI

India’s gamble on China failed in Ladakh. But there’s a new risk worth taking

Modi government has taken several gambles in internal affairs — Article 370 to Kumbh. Now it's time for our foreign policy.
Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | Representational image| ANI

I served in Nagaland during the peak of insurgency and without AFSPA

Despite the Nagaland Peace Accord signed in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, AFSPA continues to exist. And we call ourselves mother of all democracies.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.