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Modi’s ‘Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative’: India Reaches Out To Stakeholders

NEW DELHI: India has reached out to a number of countries in an effort to fast-track Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative’, enunciated...

India, France step up cooperation in Indian Ocean in bid to checkmate China

NEW DELHI: The scheduled deployment of an Indian naval warship to the Reunion Island in early 2020 signals India’s growing power play in the...

In A Multipolar World, Shed Dogma, Play On The Front Foot: Jaishankar

NEW DELHI: Minister-diplomat S Jaishankar's comments at an event organised by the Indian Express on Thursday, could be seen as both an indictment of...

Despite backlash, Jeremy Corbyn will remain an ‘India-baiter’ on Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Too little, too late? This is the question political observers are asking as Britain’s Labour party moved into damage control to assuage...

Spotlight On Terrorism At 11th BRICS Summit

NEW DELHI: The theme is “economic growth for an innovative future” but much of the official and media narrative on the 11th BRICS summit...

Nepal Seeks Early Meeting To Resolve Kalapani Dispute

NEW DELHI: Upset with the inclusion of the disputed Kalapani area in India’s updated official map following Jammu and Kashmir’s bifurcation, Nepal is pressing...
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‘Khalistani Separatists Are Damaging Legacy Of Sikh Gurus, Insulting Them’

For the first time since Partition, pilgrims can travel the 4.5-kilometre stretch between Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and Darbar Sahib in Pakistan...
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‘Sikhs Won’t Tolerate People Trying To Exploit, Take Advantage Of Kartarpur Corridor’

AMRITSAR: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan are separately scheduled to inaugurate the Kartarpur corridor on November 9. This...

Mixed signals: EU continues to blow hot and cold on India relationship

NEW DELHI: A top EU official has raised eyebrows in the Capital with his remarks on Jammu and Kashmir. Christian Leffler, EU Deputy Secretary-General for Economic and Global...
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Wary India Believes Kartarpur Corridor Is Being Pushed And Promoted By Pakistan’s Army

NEW DELHI: On November 9, around 550 pilgrims from India will travel a distance of four-and-a-half kilometres from Dera Baba Nanak in the Indian state of...
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A Look At R.N. Kao: ‘More George Smiley Than James Bond’

NEW DELHI: Who was RN Kao and how did he shape India’s external intelligence agency R&AW? SNI and Bharat Shakti Founder and Editor-in-Chief Nitin...

Stay Out: India Ticks Off China On J&K

The K-word may not have been raised by the Chinese during the Xi Jinping-Modi informal summit in Chennai last month. But they made up...
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‘Need To Evaluate If RCEP In India’s Best Interests’

Negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)—a mega trade deal involving the 10 ASEAN states and their six free trade agreement partners are...

‘Ours Is A Hostile Neighbourhood But Taiwan Will Never Be Defeated’

NEW DELHI: If the Nationalists were ruling China today, would the border issues with India and so many countries in the South China Sea...

India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Tango To Get A Leg-Up

NEW DELHI: Strategic ties between India and Saudi Arabia are poised to take a significant leap forward during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit...
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RCEP Will Boost Regional Trade: Thai Envoy To India

Will it, won’t it? The pendulum has been swinging from one end to the other on the part of the Indian government in favour...
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‘Air India First Class Asset, Has To Be Sold 100 Per Cent’

In two to three years from now, India will have 200 airports—that’s double of what it has today, says Minister of State for Civil...
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‘I Sensed Pakistani Duplicity Ahead Of Kargil’

NEW DELHI: Pakistan has not grown as a nation; it remains deeply insecure and army-dominated. This was how G Parthasarathi, described that country where...
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‘India-Russian Relations Like Old Tree With New Branches’

MOSCOW: India's Ambassador to Russia DB Venkatesh Varma, in an exclusive interview to SNI Associate Editor Amitabh Revi in Moscow, outlines the multi-faceted relationship...
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‘Quad A Genuine Convergence Of Commonalities, Not Directed Against Any Nation’

NEW DELHI: When Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits India in January next year, he would aim at consolidating the gains in bilateral ties...
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‘Americans Want To Withdraw, So Allowed Turkish Aggression In Syria’

NEW DELHI: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's troops have now entered towns in the north east, near the Turkish border, after years.This after the Syrian...

How Aviation Research Centre (ARC) Came Into Being

(Our Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale has authored a biography of RN Kao, the founder of ARC and R&AW. The book is due to be...
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Five Takeaways From Mamallapuram Summit: Gautam Bambawale

NEW DELHI: Informal summits like the just concluded one between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have proved to be quite...
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‘Police Were Too Busy Protecting Themselves To Worry About Us’

Quietly used to working behind the scenes, India’s envoys across the world have often been called upon to perform the impossible: From rescuing Indian...

Modi, Xi Agree On Trade Deficit Mechanism; Informal Summits To Continue

MAMALLAPURAM, TAMIL NADU:  The Modi-Xi Jinping informal summit in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, appears to have given a shot in the arm to a deeply...

Welcome Move: Govt Will Lift All Mobile Phone Restrictions In J&K By Next Week

In a move that will help in further restoring normalcy in the Valley, the government said that it will be ‘restoring the use of...

‘Jade Necklace’: A Counter To China’s ‘String Of Pearls’

CHENNAI: With Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi it is time to take a realistic...

Trade & Terror On The Table, Modi-Xi Dinner Goes Into Extra Time

MAMALLAPURAM, TAMIL NADU: India and China are complex and diverse societies and both share common concerns about radicalisation and terrorism, India's Foreign Secretary Vijay...

Mamallapuram Decked Up For Modi-Xi Kodak Moments

MAMALLAPURAM, TAMIL NADU: Welcome to the new diplomatese: “Coordinated press releases” is how Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will get their points...

Sheikh Hasina Faces Home Truths For Giving ‘Too Much’ To India, Getting ‘Little’

NEW DELHI: Balancing the imperatives of foreign policy with domestic politics can be perilous. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina knows this only too well...

World Must Follow India’s Example And Crack Down On Chinese ‘Spy Apps’

HAMBURG, GERMANY: World over nations have been concerned about Huawei but the most recent concern that has emerged is the role of Chinese ‘spy...
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‘China Will Play Its Games But Modi Has Upped His’

Ahead of the Modi-Xi informal summit, China has (in a sense) poked India in the eye. The joint statement issued at the end of...

Chinese Checkers At The Crack Of Modi-Xi Informal Summit

Hours before the second Modi-Xi informal summit, China has decided that its ties with bankrupt Pakistan matter more that relations with India. The China-Pakistan...
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‘PM Modi Should Broach Tibet In Informal Summit With Xi’

For the past 60-odd years, Tibet been a thorny issue in India-China ties and India can do much more towards strengthening the Tibetan cause,...
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‘India Mishandling Bilateral Issues Will Give Bangladeshi Radicals Chance To Discredit Sheikh Hasina’

Ties between India and Bangladesh have been on an upswing under Sheikh Hasina’s government. The Bangladeshi leader won her third straight term in office...
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India Feared For Sheikh Hasina’s Safety After 2009 Bangladesh Rifles Mutiny

NEW DELHI: It was January of 2007. Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty had landed in Dhaka on January 7 to take up the challenging task of...

Modi, Hasina Discuss NRC, Rohingya, Teesta Amid ‘Excellent’ Bilateral Ties

NEW DELHI: For all the claims by India that the National Citizens Register (NRC) of Assam is an “internal matter”, it remains a matter...

At UN General Assembly, Modi Talks Development, Imran Harps On About Kashmir

It’s often said that Pakistan negotiates with a gun to its head. On Friday, Pak PM Imran Khan did precisely that at the UN...

India’s Hamletian Dilemma About RCEP

NEW DELHI: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a mega trade deal, which is currently being negotiated among the sixteen growing economies of...

Afghan Presidential Polls: A Long Way To The Mountain Top

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan’s fourth Presidential election goes ahead on September 28 after two delays and a currently cancelled U.S.-Taliban peace deal. A 18-candidate race...
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Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting A Surprise Warning For China

India seems to have finally shed its inhibitions, in a manner of speaking, to have a Quad meeting at the ministerial level. On Thursday,...

How ‘Howdy Modi’ Was Planned And Executed

It was a meeting in Ahmedabad in June with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar that set the ball rolling on the ‘Howdy Modi’ event...

Trump Compares Modi To Elvis, Says He Could Be Father Of India

NEW YORK: U.S. President Donald Trump clearly wants to be the man who solves the India-Pakistan problem or at least try to. He keeps...

How Pak Sabotaged Thai System To Stop Dawood Aide’s Extradition To India

Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has done it yet again—playing the system in Thailand and using bribery to get a favourable court...

In Modi’s Rally For Trump, A Pitch For India-U.S. Friendship, Jibe At Pak

NEW DELHI: One good turn deserves another. At the “Howdy Modi” event in a packed NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, with President Donald Trump...
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The Nuclear Deal Ended India’s Strategic Exclusion …

Shyam Saran is among India's most distinguished diplomats, holding key positions in India and abroad culminating in his appointment as Foreign Secretary. Saran played...

‘Perception Gap’ Apart, Taiwan Keen On Doing Business With India

NEW DELHI: The amended Motor Vehicles Act is reminding Indians of the rules of the road that they have long forgotten or ignored. Taiwan...

Hope To Have Physical Control Over Pak-Occupied Kashmir One Day: India

India on Tuesday rubbed more salt into Pakistan’s wounds, declaring that it hopes one day to have physical control over that part of J&K...
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India Needs 5G But There Are Technology, Geo-Political Issues To Address

India is expected to hold 5G trials later this year. Why is 5G so important, what strategic benefits will it bring to this country,...

Expect Trade Irritants With U.S. To Be Addressed Soon: Jaishankar

India on Tuesday rubbed more salt into Pakistan’s wounds, declaring that it hopes one day to have physical control over that part of J&K...

A Plan To Retake Pak-Occupied Kashmir And Gilgit-Baltistan

Abrogation of Article 370 has changed the Indo-Pak landscape in toto. It has irreversibly cemented J&K as an integral part of India like other...
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‘Trump’s Appearance At Modi’s Rally Sends A Big Signal To Pakistan On Kashmir’

NEW DELHI: The fact that a U.S. president is appearing for the first time at an Indian prime minister’s rally is a big diplomatic...
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The Gulf Is Critical For India, A Peace Mission Would Be Credible & Timely

The drone attacks on two Saudi oil plants sent crude prices soaring and revived fears of a conflict in the region. For India, the...

International Ramayana Fest In Its Biggest Avatar So Far

The transnational appeal of Lord Rama will be on display at the fifth International Ramayana Festival beginning in New Delhi on September 17. The...

India’s Space Ambitions Remain Alive Despite Failure Of Chandrayaan-2 Landing

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried his best to cheer up scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today as the failure...

Kashmir A Bilateral Issue: China & Pakistan Snubbed At UN Security Council

  China’s gambit in calling a ‘closed-door’ meeting on Kashmir at the UN Security Council India seems to have backfired as UNSC member nations continued to stand...

NSA Visits Anantnag, Interacts With People

Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation, hinted that restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir would be eased...

Hydropower Push During PM Modi’s Bhutan Visit

Throwing its weight behind the Lotay Tshering-led Bhutanese government, New Delhi has decided to resume negotiations on the ambitious proposal to construct the 2,560...

‘Taliban Won’t Want A Peace Deal Without India’s Endorsement, Hope Delhi Is Bolder’

The Americans led by Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad are moving towards an agreement with The Taliban even as campaigning for Afghan Presidential polls continues....

Pak Nervous, Says India As Another Train Service Halted

Pakistan needs to wake up and smell the coffee: that was New Delhi’s advice to Islamabad 48 hours after transforming the narrative on Kashmir....
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Boris Johnson: Journalist, Politician, Prime Minister (And Much More)

It’s been less than two weeks since Boris Johnson took over as British Prime Minister but he has made one thing clear—he will get...

‘Boris is not likely to last long as PM, I expect general elections before Oct 31’

As Boris Johnson emerges victorious in the Conservative party leadership race to become the next Prime Minister of Britain, a number of questions arise...

Apprehensive Britain Watches As Boris Johnson Enters No. 10

Boris Johnson has made no secret of his ambitions to be PM but he would most certainly have wished that the timing could have...

Can Indian Restaurants In The UK End The ‘Curry’ Stereotype?

In June end, when cricket and the bright London midsummer were still drawing thousands of long-staying visitors from India and the Arabic countries to...

When France Saw Spurt In Demand For Fans, Air Conditioners

"How hot it is ... I am dying ... melting ... This is what you will hear on buses, trains and the streets all...

Brexit, What Brexit? Unconcerned Londoners Enjoy Summer While World Worries   

The shadow of Brexit may have created world headlines and caused worries about the UK’s economic prospects once Britain leaves the European Union but...
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“Military Should Have A Presence In Talks With Pakistan, When Leadership Decides”

Lt. Gen. Satish Dua (retired) has a 'radical recommendation'. He tells SNI since Pakistan has an over-eminent position of the army in its governance, both...
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From Reform Hopes To Brutal Crackdown: Timeline Of Protests At Tiananmen Square

June 4 marks 30 years since Chinese troops brutally suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Here’s a look at the chronology of events...

Diplomacy On The Menu: Govt Should Use Indian Food To Promote National Interests

The spread of Indian gastronomy is the spread of India’s soft power. But is Indian gastronomy wooing palates and minds internationally? The answer is,...

What Are The Odds In Britain’s Political Derby?

These are the last days of May—Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May. After weeks of pressure to resign, she finally agreed to step down as...

Harmony And Economy—Jokowi’s Two Big Challenges

Incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo (or Jokowi as he is popularly called) was declared formally elected by the Indonesian Election Commission on 21 May,...
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‘Theresa May Has Left The Country More Divided Than When She Took Office Three Years Ago’

As British Prime Minister Theresa May finally announces her resignation questions remain on her premiership and why she was unable to pull the country...
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India In South Sudan (INDBATT-II Part-I Teaser)

SNI In South Sudan. Coming Soon Part 1 of the area of operations of INDBATT II, the 7 Garhwal Rifles Infantry Battalion.  

‘A Window to Iran’ On Camera

With its intricate mosaic work and deft play of lights and colours, the interiors of the Nasir-ol-Mulk mosque in the Iranian city of Shiraz...
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U.S. Playing A Dangerous Game In Afghanistan

The U.S.’s continued insistence on talking directly to the Taliban without the involvement of the Afghan government, has worrying implications for the region and...
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Post Pulwama, Can India-Pakistan Equations Reach A New Normal?

The Balakot air strike and its subsequent aftermath has raised many questions about just what will be the new narrative driving forward India-Pakistan relations....

India For Visa-Free Travel But Wary Of Pak-Backed Khalistani Secessionism

As India and Pakistan prepare to meet tomorrow at Attari to work out the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor, New Delhi hopes Islamabad will...
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‘India Has Reason To Feel It Has Received Backing From Saudi Arabia On Terrorism And Kashmir’

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent state visit to India has enough reason to make New Delhi feel satisfied. In a conversation with...
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J&K Terror Strike: What Next For India?

The dastardly terror attack by the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed on a convoy of CRPF vehicles in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district last Thursday...
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Exclusive Interviews With The Who’s Who In South Sudan

India has 2,344 troops in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and a total of 2,547 personnel. 150 police personnel are to...
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A Look At India-Monaco Relations

The seven-day visit by Prince Albert II, Head of State of the Principality of Monaco, to India, is a unique opportunity to look at...

A Slice Of Sri Lankan Culture, The Dance Way

Delhiites were in for a veritable cultural treat from the island nation of Sri Lanka with a dance and drum show on Tuesday evening...
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Is A New ‘Cold War’ Taking Place In Venezuela?

The U.S.’s attempt to unseat Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro and impose sanctions on the country’s oil exports has triggered a new “power game” amongst...

Event Calendar

Here are some of the important upcoming events.   Date: 14th August 2019, 15:30 hrs Event: Round Table Discussion on “The ICJ Judgement on Kulbhushan Jadhav Case:...

In Chabahar Port, India Sees Gateway To Connect Better With Central Asian Republics

India’s outreach to the Central Asian Republics is witnessing a fresh impetus nearly four years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi revived the ties by...

Turmoil Over ‘Surprise’ Winner In DR Congo Presidential Elections

Like many countries in the African continent, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been bedevilled by decades of civil war, political leaders akin to...

Al-Shabaab’s Zone Of Terror

Al-Shabaab which means ‘The Youth’ in Arabic is a fundamentalist group which emerged an off-shoot of Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union (ICU). The ICU itself...

Sheikh Hasina’s Electoral Victory Is Welcome News For India As PM Modi Becomes First Foreign Leader To Congratulate Her

It’s a hat-trick for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party, the Awami League. In what has proved to be a watershed election...
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KRA-Thai Canal: Will King Rama X Change Maritime History?

With elections in February 2019 and the new monarch Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation soon after, has this 341-year-old idea’s time finally come? Will King Rama X choose...

India-Bhutan Agree on Power Tariff For Mangdechhu HP Project

India and Bhutan have agreed on the contentious issue of tariff for the electricity generated from the soon to be inaugurated 720 MW Mangdechhu...
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Thai-Kra Canal: A Short-Cut Between The Indian And Pacific Oceans?

In the 2nd of a 2 part series, SNI reports from along the proposed Route 9 A. From the western coast off the Andaman...

Chinese ‘Hand’ In Indian Tech

There's a curious lack of debate in India over Chinese investment in Indian technology startups. Researchers at a recent seminar in Delhi, say Chinese...
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Kra-Thai Canal: A 341-Year Old Idea Whose Time Has Come?

A canal through Thailand's Kra Isthmus, which would shorten shipping times, was first suggested in 1677. The idea has now gained greater traction as...

India’s Quest For Economic Diplomacy, The State-Centric Way

There's an interesting story behind how Nalanda in Bihar became a World Heritage Site two years ago. A request from the Bihar government seeking...

India Has Been A Bulwark Of Support: UN Relief Agency Chief

The UN Relief & Works Agency for Palestine refugees was never meant to last 70 years. But the world's failure to realise a Palestine...

The Karmapa Controversy And The Dalai Lama’s ‘Return’

The Karmapa has been in the news since 1992. He again got prominent coverage when a meeting scheduled to discuss the future of the...

Will Brexit Result In Theresa May’s Political Death?

“If you don’t know where you are going, every road will lead you nowhere.” The quote, attributed to former US Secretary of State Henry...

Issues Concerning Brexit: A Primer

Brexit is the short form of Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) which it joined in 1973. In a referendum in June 2016,...

Photo Exhibition Showcasing Bulgarian Tradition And Customs In New Delhi

An exhibition of photographs taken by Bulgarian photographer Alexander Mihaylov with the theme ‘Traditions’ was recently held at the Bulgarian Embassy in Delhi. Geographically...