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Early exit of US troops may upset intra-Afghan talks, benefit Taliban

The Taliban and the Afghan government are currently holding their first direct peace talks in Doha, but the two sides are yet to reach an agreement on even the most basic issues.
Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah arrives in New Delhi earlier this week | Twitter | @DrabdullahCE

India has assured Kabul of ‘active involvement’ in Taliban peace talks, says Abdullah Abdullah

In an exclusive interview with ThePrint during his India visit this week, Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah discusses Kabul’s talks with Taliban, and India’s role in process.
File photo of Narendra Modi and President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in New Delhi, 2018 | PIB

Keep low profile on Afghanistan, as Pakistan holds key to war and peace — Abdullah to Modi

Pakistan is key to get the stalled Afghan-Taliban talks back on keel. PM Modi knows India must bide its time.

Afghanistan’s Abdullah Abdullah to visit India Tuesday, could urge Delhi to talk to Taliban

Abdullah Abdullah, who is considered to be a 'friend of India', is expected to meet External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval during his visit.
Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Afghanistan is India’s one reliable neighbour, but Hekmatyar’s surprise entry can change this

During a recent webinar on Kashmir, the former mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar warned that India should ‘learn a lesson from the Afghan jihad’.
File photo | External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar during a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow | PTI

Taking Russia’s help on China and US on Maldives — a new Indian realism is underway

This has been an exciting week for Indian foreign policy as Modi’s India seeks post-ideological help to forge new ground.
Taliban's Mullah Baradar

As Taliban-Afghan govt talk peace, lessons from an Afghan hero killed 19 years ago

Ahmad Shah Massoud, the lion of Panjshir and arguably Afghanistan’s most well-known mujahideen fighter, had attempted to prevent civil war in 1995 but was killed by the Al Qaeda 6 years later. 
File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Photo: ANI

India asserts Afghanistan’s ‘national sovereignty’ as peace talks with Taliban start in Qatar

The long-awaited intra-Afghan dialogue between Kabul & Taliban is aimed at establishing a power-sharing deal that will help end decades of war in the country.
Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani | Photographer: Jim Huylebroek | Bloomberg

Long-delayed Afghan-Taliban peace talks to start on Saturday

Negotiations have been stalled since March, following a peace deal between the US and the Taliban, which failed to end violence in Afghanistan.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan invites Taliban, China to discuss Afghanistan peace talks aimed at ending 19-yr war

The visit follows the US-Taliban peace deal signed in February this year, which included a prisoner swap between Kabul and Taliban in the lead up to the intra-Afghan talks.

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This country is the real winner of the WFH economy

Gross domestic product figures are encouraging in this country neighboring China. The economy expanded 1.9% in the third quarter from the prior three months, official figures show.
Representational image. | A five gram gold coin sits on a counter inside a Titan Co. Tanishq jewellery store in Mumbai. | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Tatas got panned for Tanishq ad. But this state govt is the largest shareholder in Titan

Titan was set up in 1984 as a joint venture between the Tata group and a state govt. While the Tatas own 25.02% stake, the state govt owns 27.88% stake in the company.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.