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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi | File photo | Kamal Kishore | PTI

India’s polarised politics is a bigger national security threat than Pakistan, China

The most pressing threat to India’s standing in the world comes not from China’s expansionism or roguish activity of Pakistan but from polarised Indian politics.
PM Narendra Modi, Congress party interim chief Sonia Gandhi (centre) and Union Minister Amit Shah (right) pay to the victims of 2001 Parliament attack | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi govt’s adamant stand on citizenship will push India’s neighbours into China’s arms

The combination of economic slowdown and Modi government’s recent policies is likely to worsen India’s foreign relations in the coming years.
File photo of Piyush Goyal in the Rajya Sabha

India will review RCEP trade pact with ASEAN countries, Piyush Goyal tells Rajya Sabha

Commerce minister Piyush Goyal said the govt is going to review the free trade agreements between India and ASEAN countries signed by previous govts to address trade imbalances.
PM Narendra Modi in a group photo with other world leaders at the 3rd RCEP Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday | PTI

‘With or without India’: 15 member countries decide to sign RCEP on 13 March

Announcement made at ASEAN Economic Integration Forum in Bangkok. India decided against joining Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership nearly a month ago.

RCEP freeze continues, India, Japan make no progress on sticky bilateral issues

Both countries failed to make headway mainly on a breakthrough in the civil nuclear deal, acquisition of Amphibious aircraft and progress in the bullet train project.
PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Japan says it won’t sign China-backed RCEP trade pact without India

'Japan will continue to try to persuade India to join,' said Hideki Makihara, Japan's Deputy Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry about the regional trade pact.
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ASEAN summit in Bangkok. | Photo: ANI

Modi says economic boom since 1991 due to trade. So why does India struggle to ink deals?

For decades, India has remained among the most protectionist of the developing economies, despite adopting liberalisation policies nearly 30 years ago.
PM Modi at the RCEP Summit in Thailand | @narendramodi | Twitter

Yamini Aiyar says restore faith in economic data, Naushad Forbes wants India in RCEP

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

Buy swadeshi and help push demand for local goods — PM Modi’s message to ministers

At a meeting earlier this month, PM Modi raised issue of India not signing RCEP and said enough demand could be created if we bought our own products.
PM Modi at the RCEP Summit in Thailand | @narendramodi | Twitter

Sanjaya Baru on ‘derailed’ Rising India, Arvind Panagriya says don’t fear China in RCEP

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

On Camera

Hussain Shahis’ Krishna Bhakti, Mughals’ Mathura link — lesser-known facts about Muslim rulers

After the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan, Right-wing commenters have claimed that 'rebuilding is a civilisational responsibility Indians owe to their ancestors'. This can't be more anachronistic.
Indian currency

Troubled NBFCs begin to show signs of revival after stimulus

Sound health of NBFCs is vital because they form backbone of Indian economy in lending to wide range of borrowers from small merchants to business giants.

Defence

IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.