Friday, 28 January, 2022

Topic: SAARC

8 reasons why India should accept Pakistan invite, attend SAARC summit

Short of a big bang that throws off the best-laid plans of India’s decision-makers, the pros for attending SAARC summit in Pakistan are beginning to outweigh the cons.

Will PM Modi attend SAARC summit this year? India weighing options as Pakistan prepares to host

With Afghanistan on the agenda, Pakistan has said it would be open to India participating in the summit virtually or in person, but sources said New Delhi is considering its options.

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.

SAARC is well and truly dead. Let’s acknowledge that, conduct its funeral rites and move on

China is no longer the elephant in the SAARC room, it occupies the entire zoo. India would rather jump over its neighbourhood and build ties with US, France, UK, Russia, and the Quad.

SAARC could stay stuck in limbo, now over Pakistan’s support for Taliban representation

Last SAARC Summit was held in 2014. The subsequent summit, scheduled for 2016 in Islamabad, was cancelled in light of tensions between India and Pakistan over Uri attack.

SAARC foreign ministers’ meet cancelled after Pakistan insists on Taliban’s participation

The new regime in Kabul is still not recognised by the world and its top cabinet ministers are blacklisted by the UN.

SubscriberWrites: Preparation in Tibet is proof that China presents a strategic, war-like challenge to India

India must make a domestic economic strategy for the coming two decades in order to eliminate all imports from China, writes Jay Desai.

SAARC secretary-general Weerakoon on week-long visit to India to deepen regional cooperation

Esala Ruwan Weerakoon is set to meet Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla, MoS for EAM Rajkumar Singh and Secretary (East) Riva Das, according to an official schedule.

Covid shows if India can’t take care of SAARC, China will

China, with its deep pockets, has taken advantage of Covid, rushing in with vaccines and loans to assist countries it deems strategically significant.

SAARC university’s foreign students shun virtual classes, want scholarship dues paid

Students of South Asian University allege they are yet to receive promised allowances, certificates for visas. Varsity statement blames Covid.

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Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

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.