Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Topic: India-Afghanistan

Blinken can clear air on India’s Af-Pak dilemma, but Modi-Jaishankar need the Middle Path

Even if the US is looking at the cases of sedition and infringement of freedoms under Modi govt, it will hardly seek to antagonise India. For the moment, Modi’s China gamble has paid off.

India confident Kabul won’t fall to Taliban, is moving on ‘multiple tracks’ on Afghanistan

New Delhi’s assessment of situation in Afghanistan is that Taliban are waiting for complete withdrawal of US and NATO troops before turning focus to urban centres.

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.

Afghan Army chief scheduled to arrive in India for three-day visit on 27 July

Gen Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai will hold talks with his Indian counterpart General MM Naravane and NSA Ajit Doval. Afghanistan has been reaching out to key allies amid the Taliban offensive.

Jaishankar meets Afghan counterpart in Dushanbe amid India’s security concerns in Afghanistan

This is the first meeting between the two ministers since India’s decision to evacuate its diplomatic staff from Kandahar, owing to the Taliban’s advancement there.

Iran and Russia’s anxiety over surging Taliban will be key to India’s new Afghan policy

As India braces itself for a Taliban-dominated regime in Afghanistan, New Delhi’s role in Kabul’s strategic frame should outlive the Ashraf Ghani government.

At UNSC, India exempted Taliban leaders from travel ban to stay relevant in Afghan crisis

Indian officials say they are keenly aware of situation in Afghanistan, especially amid US exit and Russia’s determination to mend fences with Pakistan, and thereby Taliban.

Pakistan FM ducks Osama bin Laden question but complains about Indian presence in Afghanistan

In an interview to Tolo News, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says New Delhi’s presence in Kabul is 'larger than it ought to be' since these two countries don't share a border.

India eyes role in Afghan talks amid ‘brothel house’ speech row between Pakistan & Afghanistan

There's fresh tension between Afghanistan & Pakistan after Afghan NSA accuses Islamabad of supporting Taliban’s violence & calls it a 'brothel house'.

As Biden announces US, NATO troop pullout from Afghanistan, experts flag concerns for India

Regional countries, especially India, will have tremendous concerns about the US pullout from Afghanistan and the likelihood of a Taliban resurgence in the country, experts said.

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File photo of students protesting against the reservation in Bandra | Representational image | ANI Photo

Indian drawing room talk on ‘merit’ stands demolished by Supreme Court NEET ruling

Supreme Court's explanation on the constitutional validity of OBC quota in NEET rejects commonly held views of dominant castes who are blind to India's social realities.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.


German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.