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During a seminar on Tuesday, senior journalist Zahid Hussein said Pakistan is lagging behind economically and has become isolated which is why there is a need for re-examining the country’s foreign policy. However, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi disagreed with Mr Hussein’s observation and said the current foreign policy is relevant to the needs at the time.


Brits don’t do revolutions; and when they try to play amateur insurgents they end up making a real “dog’s breakfast” of it. Not my words, but of a crusty old Tory.The post-Brexit mess, which is threatening to tear the UK apart and has plunged continental Europe into an unprecedented turmoil, is a cautionary tale of what happens when a nation of hard-nosed pragmatists wanders off into uncharted territory seduced by starry-eyed romanticism. 


The Guardian’s analysis of the Brexit vote shows that the UK is a heavily polarised country, with Remain areas coming in more strongly for Remain than expected, and Leave areas more strongly for Leave.


We owe it to ourselves to take a hard look at the way we conducted ourselves, diplomatically and politically in this entire NSG saga. We have ended up looking rather indigenous, a little immature and a bit desperate to grab things. What about some quiet diplomacy?

The oil price fall on Friday after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union could be beneficial to India if sustained for a longer duration. Though there are fears that rupee could depreciate further against the dollar, which could partly neutralise the gains from oil price decline, the net impact should still be positive for the Indian refining and marketing companies.  

The Indian Space Research Organisation deserves a 21-gun salute, one for each of the 20 satellites it placed in orbit and one extra for luck. The 20 satellites — 17 belonging to foreign nations and three Indian satellites — were put in orbit in the space of 26 minutes from launch, a tremendous rate from when an Indian indigenous satellite launch vehicle (SLV) first laboured into the sky in July 1980 carrying just one load — Rohini RS-1. 


“Si vis pacem, para bellum" (If you want peace, prepare for war!). Pages of history stand testament to the fact that nations that were not prepared for war (and the ones that were!) were invaded, subjugated and trampled upon. Iraq invaded a defenceless Kuwait in 1990.


The good news is that yoga has acquired a prestigious position as one of the international days observed by the United Nations, with International Yoga Day being celebrated annually on June 21.


Mounting its attacks within Afghanistan, the Afghan Taliban blew up a mini-bus that was ferrying Nepali security guards through the Banae district in Kabul. It has been reported that these security guards were citizens of Nepal and were employed by a private security company to guard the Canadian Embassy. The Afghan Taliban whose chief, Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a drone attack, has claimed that the attacks across Afghanistan are a retaliation to not only his 'assassination', but are also a reaction to the execution of 6 Taliban prisoners by the Afghan government, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor. 


Despite a seventh tête-à-tête with US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy is facing a severe test. The US Senate, which we were led to believe was transfixed by his address 10 days ago, has turned down a law to consider India as a close military ally.


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spotlight image India’s Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari visited Armenia recently to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Pakistan said on July 27 that India's stipulation for granting visa to Pakistani nationals were "highly regrettable" and was against diplomatic norms.
In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
In the last few weeks , spokesman of Government of China have been issuing several statements and  making observations against India that sound like war cry. 1962 war between India and China was mentioned , as a reminder to India of the happenings then, which virtually amount to a warning that events of 1962  could be repeate
Images of Kashmiri separatists walking the corridors of the Prime Minister’s office during Atal Behari Vajpayee’s tenure have been replaced with visuals of Hurriyat Conference leaders being arrested and taken into custody by a central agency.
As Aadhaar becomes the norm in India, and gets skewered for the involuntary nature of its imposition, our northern neighbours, as is their wont, want to do a number that will make this appear benign.
On July 18, the global media carried stories of how Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Naif was ousted from his position and replaced by his cousin, deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The alliance that defeated the militant Islamic State group in Mosul was unusual. Fighting alongside the Iraqi army were not only US forces but also Iran-backed militias.
S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.


This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...


History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.


Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...


Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

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