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After Iran N-deal, a Modi trip to Tehran is overdue, but hard work lies ahead

Jul 16, 2015

After Iran N-deal, a Modi trip to Tehran is overdue, but hard work lies ahead

With Iran now signing a deal to end its nuclear programme and global sanctions, Narendra Modi can now pursue deeper engagement with it. A Narendra Modi visit to Tehran is overdue #diplomacy #The Neighbourhood #Modi #Hassan Rouhani #India_Iran Ties #Iran N-Deal #Regional Security
The existential threat to India posed by China's Pakistan gambit

May 04, 2015

The existential threat to India posed by China's Pakistan gambit

The massive Chinese investment in Pakistan has dangerous consequences for India too, and geopolitical equations change. Even China may have got more than it bargained for. India needs to play its cards extremely carefully #diplomacy #Tibet #The Neighbourhood #Xinjiang #string of pearls #China-Pakistan Investment
Sugar Daddy Xi Jinping is effectively reducing Pakistan to a vassal state

Apr 21, 2015

Sugar Daddy Xi Jinping is effectively reducing Pakistan to a vassal state

The Chinese plan to invest a massive $46 billion in Pakistan may be aimed against India, but it is also an effort to keep Pakistan in one piece and prevent Islamist jihadis from threatening China's own backyard #China #Pakistan #ConnectTheDots #Nawaz Sharif #Geopolitics #The Neighbourhood #Balochistan #South Asia #Xi Jinping #China-Pak economic corridor
Peshawar school attack: Empathy is fine but will Pakistan change it's attitude to terror?

Dec 18, 2014

Peshawar school attack: Empathy is fine but will Pakistan change it's attitude to terror?

Anybody who thinks the spontaneous sympathy in India for Pakistanis after the Taliban attack killed children may mark a turning point in our relationship should think again: the attack has strengthened support for the Pak Army, not civilian rule. #Terrorism #ISI #The Neighbourhood #Pakistani army #Indo-Pak ties #Pakistani Taliban #Peshawar school attack #Peshawar Attacks
Summit to nowhere: SAARC won't take off as long as Pakistan is on board

Nov 27, 2014

Summit to nowhere: SAARC won't take off as long as Pakistan is on board

The SAARC summit now underway in Nepal will not deliver any major results because of Pakistan's decision to play spoilsport. No economic bloc can take off without key belligerents agreeing to a political deal before signing up. #World #India #Sri Lanka #Pakistan #Bangladesh #diplomacy #InMyOpinion #Nawaz Sharif #Sheikh Hasina #The Neighbourhood #MEA #External Affairs Ministry #Saarc Summit #SAARC #Pakistan PM #Syed Akbaruddin #India-Pakistan Ties #PM Narendra Modi #SAARC connectivity agreements
Freed fishermen: Modi tells Tamil Nadu parties they are part of the problem

Nov 22, 2014

Freed fishermen: Modi tells Tamil Nadu parties they are part of the problem

The release of five fishermen convicted on drug trafficking charges by the Sri Lankan President at Modi's intervention has shown Tamil politicians that so far they have been part of the problem, not the solution, on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue #DMK #diplomacy #ConnectTheDots #AIADMK #J. Jayalalithaa #The Neighbourhood #Modi #O Panneerselvam #Freed Fisherman #Sri Lanka President #Amhinda Rajapakse
Double the force: Parikkar takes Modi-Doval hardline on Pak firing further

Oct 22, 2014

Double the force: Parikkar takes Modi-Doval hardline on Pak firing further

The new NDA policy of hitting Pakistan back hard when provoked is a much-needed corrective to the old policy of not doing anything to escalate tensions. #Narendra Modi #diplomacy #The Neighbourhood #India-Pakistan Ties #LoC firing #Ajit Doval #Nuclear Doctrine
Modi can't expect any quarter from Xi Jinping; China respects only power

Sep 20, 2014

Modi can't expect any quarter from Xi Jinping; China respects only power

India and China are destined to have a difficult relationship despite rising trade. This is because we want to maintain the status quo and they don't - and they are stronger than us right now. #Narendra Modi #The Neighbourhood #trade #Ladakh #Xi Jinping #India-China Ties
Why Modi-Jinping talks must also focus on CoK - China-occupied Kashmir

Sep 16, 2014

Why Modi-Jinping talks must also focus on CoK - China-occupied Kashmir

Some 19 percent of the territory of Jammu and Kashmir is under Chinese occupation. Modi will have to bring these into the broader discussions when Xi Jinping comes. #diplomacy #The Neighbourhood #Modi #Xi Jinping #Border dispute #India-China Talks #Pak-Occupied Kashmir #China-Occupied Kashmir
It's not about Kashmir Like UPA, PM Modi is on the wrong track with Pakistan

Aug 20, 2014

It's not about Kashmir Like UPA, PM Modi is on the wrong track with Pakistan

Pakistan's creation as an ideological state based on religion and in opposition to India makes it a genetically defective nation-state, as on Pakistani journalist notes. Our strategy needs to deal with this reality, not the romance of peace. #HowThisWorks #Terrorism #The Neighbourhood #Zia-ul-Haq #Muhammad Iqbal #India-Pakistan Ties #islamic-state #Religion as Ideology