Rajeev Sharma
Rajeev Sharma
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India

Modi government to try out a clever bit of sartorial diplomacy at India-Africa summit

In an unusual form of diplomacy, never practiced by India thus far, the Modi government is going ahead with a plan to have a collective photograph of all the leaders from the African continent wearing kurtas.

World

Hits and misses in Sushma Swaraj’s logjam-breaking visit to Maldives

Sushma Swaraj, who has consciously been keeping a low profile as foreign minister for last over 16 months, has just completed a delicate mission with the conclusion of her two-day visit to Maldives on Sunday.

World

Modi to score big point with Africa Summit as record number of 51 countries confirm participation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is out to make a point to the international community a little over a fortnight from now when his government hosts India's biggest ever diplomatic spectacle at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi stadium: the third India Africa Forum Summit.

World

As next permanent envoy to UN, Syed Akbaruddin's focus will be India's permanent membership in UNSC

Syed Akbaruddin, India's best-ever foreign office spokesperson, has been hand-picked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the next permanent representative of India to the United Nations.

World

Sushma Swaraj paves the way for Modi with US acknowledging Pak-based terror

The Narendra Modi government has hit the ground running in its high-level engagement with the United States which has just started.

World

Ajit Doval wades into the frame as India calls its Nepal Envoy for consultations

The Indian response has gone beyond the MEA's usual conventional bounds and Oli’s shenanigans are now under a scanner by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

World

Ahead of UNGA, Pakistan army chief harps on Kashmir: Islamabad just desperate to get attention

This must be the hundredth time that Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif has spoken of Kashmir as the “unfinished agenda” of partition. His latest remark was made at a ceremony at the General Headquarters, Rawalpindi on 8 September 2015 to commemorate the 1965 war with India.

World

Myanmar elections in November will be under scanner, could signal evolution of polity

Myanmar will be under the scanner of the international community — particularly India — in around two months when it goes to the polls in November

India

Not the last word on OROP: Execution gets green signal, but protest is far from over

In the 16th month of its 60-month tenure, the Modi government has finally come up with a concrete roadmap for implementing the vexed issue of OROP scheme that had been hanging fire for last over four decades.

India

Demystifying the OROP riddle: Here's why the govt is dragging its feet

The OROP issue has ballooned because of the sheer numbers of ex-servicemen, which is 2.8 million. And this number has been swelling year-after-year

India

India, Pakistan must avoid 'winner-takes-all' approach to avoid a repeat of NSA-level fiasco

The success or failure of the talks between the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistani Rangers would depend on how much the two sides are willing to give and take.

World

Stunned by MDP's treachery, India in no hurry to bail out Nasheed

Maldives is in a tailspin. Not much surprising because the Maldivian polity has been in a tailspin for several years in the recent past.

India

New Indian template for Pak: We won't talk to Hurriyat and won’t let you talk to them

After the heat and dust over the India-Pakistan NSA talks is over, it is time to mull over who gained and who lost and what lies in store for the south Asian rivals’ bilateral engagement in near future.

India

NSA talks on shaky ground: India won't let Aziz meet Hurriyat leaders, Pakistan won't relent

Both the sides took their sabre-rattling to a new high on Friday and accused each other of various sins of omission and commission. Pakistan accused India of “lack of seriousness” and refused to accept India’s advice that Aziz should not meet Kashmiri separatists during his visit to India.

World

Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lanka PM, but don't write off Rajapaksa

The Sirisena-Wickramasinghe combination though is yet to pass the litmus test vis-à-vis friendship with India.

World

Ignoring the usual deal breakers: Modi sarkar is on right track with Pakistan

India-Pakistan bilateral relations and the complications are the same as they were exactly a year ago. And yet, the response of the Narendra Modi government is drastically different.

Politics

Sushma Swaraj tears into Rahul in Lok Sabha, but loses battle of perception

Sushma Swaraj's spirited defence and scathing attack on the Congress in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday has triggered some interesting reactions on Twitter.

India

Gurdaspur aftermath: Preventing an LeT resurgence now depends on Modi govt's actions

The crucial question in the Gurdaspur aftermath is how the now famous Modi-Doval doctrine is going to deal with this fountainhead of terror.

World

Peshawar school attack fabrication: Blaming India is immature, Pakistan must grow up

The latest Pakistani claim that India was behind the December 2014 Peshawar school attack does not come as a surprise given Pakistan’s penchant for blatantly lying from time to time primarily to divert attention of the world from domestic challenges.