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‘Mission Possible’ For Kazakh Troops

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, currently on a tour of Central Asian Republics, was in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. Apart from bilateral meetings with her Kazakh...

Cold War Legacy

Here's a caveat to the Narendra Modi-Shinzo Abe bonding over high-speed rail and the Indo-Pacific. Japanese policymakers and the academic community still view India...

Slow Progress On Duqm

Oman's defence minister visited India and left and the word is a lot of ground remains to be covered in key areas, notably the...

Trouble For CPEC?

Is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in trouble? Pakistan People’s Party leader and senator Farhatullah Babar has claimed that Pakistan is being charged nearly...

India Bhutan Relations

With Bhutan and India celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations, ‘Bhutan Week’ is currently on in New Delhi. The...

Zambia Next in China Debt Trap?

Did you know that Zambia's state-owned electricity network is in China's hands? It's the result of the African country taking in more China-funded loans...

Trump’s Trade War

An Indian delegation recently in Washington DC was briefed on Donald Trump's trade war by senior officials. The mood among the officials was celebratory...

India pushing back?

The Maldives election result is the first indication that India maybe pushing back, seeking to reassert diminished influence in its neighbourhood. The buzz is...

The Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government are pulling out….

The Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government are pulling out all stops in what will be the last Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas Convention before the...

France is investing in the “next generation” of Indians.

France is investing in the "next generation" of Indians. Basically this is about increasing the number of Indian students at French universities. Currently there...

The BIMSTEC military drill and conclave of Army Chiefs….

The BIMSTEC military drill and conclave of Army Chiefs from these countries may have seen less than optimum participation but the forum did prove...

Normally, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) ….

Normally, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) keeps the foreign defence attaches posted in Delhi on a tight leash as it were. They are...

Australia to kick off festival….

On September 18, Australia will kick off a six-month-long festival showcasing Australian culture and creativity in India with the release of a book titled ‘Jadoowallahs...

The Bangladeshi High Commission, in New Delhi, has a problem at hand.

The Bangladeshi High Commission, located in New Delhi’s swish diplomatic area of Chanakyapuri, has a problem at hand. And it has to do with...

India, curiously, has the same position as China

India, curiously, has the same position as China, when it comes to freedom of navigation through its territorial waters. The Maritime Zones of India...

The overtly military profile of the Quad….

The overtly military profile of the Quad and its anti-China slant is one reason why India has preferred to go slow on the grouping....

India is pushing hard….

India is pushing hard for changing the rules of admission of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS). Currently, admission is only by consensus and...

Ashley Tellis has…

Ashley Tellis has been a favourite of the U.S. strategic establishment for many years, that is until Trump happened.  Word is he's on the...

Different countries have…

Different countries have different arrangements for posting their defence attaches for accreditation to India and its neighbourhood. Most foreign military officers look after their...

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There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available is that it has a more-or-less normal. There are many variations of passages of Lorem...

The twice-postponed…

The twice-postponed 2+2 talks not only upset official schedule of ministers and bureaucrats but also affected family commitments of some. India's Defence Secretary Sanjay...

Bollywood Addict

Bollywood is a phenomenon that’s transcended boundaries, cultures, languages and much more. And among those bitten by the Bollywood bug is the Australian high...

China Denies Visa

Chinese visas are normally not difficult to get, especially for Indian think-tanks and journalists invited by their counterparts for seminars and conferences. The Chinese...

Birthday Record Of Sorts

At a well-attended reception hosted in New Delhi on July 6 to celebrate the 84th birthday of the Dalai Lama by the Tibetan government...

Leveraging Bollywood Power

It’s about time India began using Bollywood’s popularity abroad more actively and effectively as part of its soft power outreach, particularly in India’s neighbourhood....

China’s ‘Watertight’ Approach

The source of four mighty rivers—the Indus, Brahmaputra, Salween and Mekong—is in China-controlled Tibet. But Beijing has until now carefully ‘calibrated’ its approach to...

Space Decisions Rushed?

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s decision to launch Chandrayaan-2 on July 22 has stirred concern. Is it under pressure from the space bureaucracy or...

Wrong Name?

Coming back to India for a holiday, a (now retired) senior Indian diplomat was surprised to find himself being held up by immigration at...

Diplomat Meets RSS Chief

German ambassador Walter J Lindner’s visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur and his meeting with the outfit’s chief, Mohan Bhagwat, has raised many...