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When Modi made his moves in the US
Vikram Sood | 17 Oct , 2014 2 comments
When Modi made his moves in the US

There was more to Narendra Modi’s visit to the US than the razzmatazz of Madison Square Garden and Central Park. He had gone to the US after three basic foreign policy initiatives, and was making a statement on the world stage beyond the confines of the UNGA. The visit to the US was a kind of a high point in his drive to shake off the old...

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Indo-China relations: Some Plain Speaking by the Indian PM
Indo-China relations: Some Plain Speaking by the Indian PM

Even as President Xi Jinping was being entertained by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the bank of the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad, Chinese and Indian troops were once again engaged in a tense face-off at Chumar in Ladakh. Eventually, soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) blinked first and backed off when confronted with show of...

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Dealing with the US always tests our diplomacy
Kanwal Sibal | 06 Oct , 2014 0 comments
Dealing with the US always tests our diplomacy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit presented him with a difficult challenge. At the rhetorical level, projecting the India-US relationship as between two democracies is easy. The US calls its relationship with India a defining one in the 21st century, though actual US policies belie such rhetoric. Our hype about the US being our...

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Reinvention of Jihadi Terror from Pakistan
Vikram Sood | 27 Sep , 2014 6 comments
Reinvention of Jihadi Terror from Pakistan

The Islamic State of Iraq and Shams (ISIS) is neither a magical nor a mythical creation but the creation of vested interests. The Afghan Mujahedeen, followed by al-Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), were creations of the Cold War. The Taliban followed. There was no al-Qaeda in Iraq when US troops landed ostensibly to eradicate it and the...

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Beyond India-China Bonhomie
Prakash Nanda | 26 Sep , 2014 2 comments
Beyond India-China Bonhomie

How does one rate Chinese President Xi Jinping’s just concluded three-day visit to India? If one goes by the body language of the Chinese President and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as shown in television channels, the visit was marked by sincerity to rise together. In fact, before the commencement of his visit, President Xi had...

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