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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump | File Photo | ANI

India and US must join hands during Covid-19 crisis, not increase nativist impulses

Katherine B. Hadda, former US consul general, Hyderabad, writes on the need for the US and India to unite during the Covid-19 crisis.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump during the ‘Howdy! Modi’ event in Texas last year | Photo: Scott Dalton | Bloomberg

Sanjaya Baru on altered India-US relations, Ruchir Sharma & Sandipan Deb go to the Oscars

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Sanjaya Baru, Ashok Gulati, Ruchir Sharma, Tamal Bandopadhyay, Prabha Kotiswaran & many others.
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India and US to hold second round of 2+2 talks on 18 December, sign key defence pact

Delhi and Washington will formally sign the Industrial Security Annex in this round of talks, which will ease transfer of high-level technology from US to India.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with external affairs minister S. Jaishankar at a media briefing | Photo by Praveen Jain - ThePrint

Nehru did it 70 years ago. Now, Jaishankar is doing the same – introducing India to US

American affection for India stems from the admiration for the national characteristics that India’s current leaders seem committed to reversing.
US Military band playing Indian National Anthem during Yudh Abhyas 2019 | PTI

US Army didn’t play the Indian national anthem at ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event

The video, shared by news channels and a BJP MP, is authentic, but US Army played the Indian national anthem at a joint military exercise on 18 September.
Narendra Modi and Donald Trump at the 'Howdy, Modi!' event in Houston, Texas

Modi shames Pakistan in Trump presence, says it’s time for decisive battle against terror

With President Trump listening at the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event, Modi says everyone knows where 9/11 & 26/11 attacks conspirators were found.
India gets GSP benefits worth $5.6 billion out of the $46 billion worth of goods it exports to the US. | Shutterstock

Threat of trade war with US looming, India to send delegation to Washington

Delegation will attempt to convince the US to extend its GSP programme, through which Delhi gets over $5 billion in zero or reduced tariffs.

Is India’s protectionism reason enough for Donald Trump’s GSP move or is US being a bully?

President Donald Trump informed the US Congress Tuesday he will terminate preferential trade treatment for India by striking it off the GSP list.
Chinese president Xi Jinping

China reaches out to new Maldives government, and BBC tracks down Africa’s killer troops

The first turbaned Sikh guard of Buckhimgham Palace busted for cocaine abuse, and German Catholic Church comes clean on historical sexual abuse.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace in Washington, DC | Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

India-US relations survived World War & Cold War. They may not survive Trump

Trump’s policies underscore discontent with globalism of past decades and a turn towards emphasising US’s narrower national interests. The mounting tensions over trade and tariffs between the United States and China have roiled Asian financial markets. Even as the BSE Sensex plunged deep last week, the Indian government chose to desist from escalating its own trade skirmish with the United States. In response to the American imposition of an additional tariff of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium imports from India, New Delhi was poised to slap tariffs on American imports to India, ranging from apples to steel products. These tit-for-tat tariffs were meant to take effect from 4 August, but the government decided on a moratorium of 45 days. Never mind that the attempts over the past couple of months to conjure a “trade package” – one that would reconcile each country’s desire to access specific...

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PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

India’s fuel demand from cars to factories is beginning to bounce back

Provisional fuel sales in June climbed within 88% of 2019 levels from less than half in April in the midst of the world’s biggest lockdown, oil ministry said.


Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

India keeps tight watch on Pakistan as ceasefire violations rise at LoC amid China standoff

According to govt figures, April, May and June (as of 25th) have seen 387, 382 and 302 ceasefire violations, respectively — a three-fold rise since 2018.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.