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Beijing is miffed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not attending its showpiece “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) summit later this week, while New Delhi is worried that OBOR’s flagship project, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), runs through PoK even as China dismisses concerns about Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and aggressively asserts itself on India-China territorial disputes – as it did recently by conferring Chinese names on cities in Arunachal Pradesh. India is not, however, Pakistan’s only neighbour who blames it for harbouring jihadi terrorist groups. Afghanistan doesn’t

 
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Official India has turned its back on China’s celebration of President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) this week in Beijing.

 
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India launched a communications satellite on Friday for its smaller neighbours to share, part of its efforts to build goodwill in the region and counter Chinese influence.

 

By launching the GSAT-9 ‘South Asia satellite’, India has reaffirmed the Indian Space Research Organisation’s scientific prowess, but the messaging is perhaps more geopolitical than geospatial.

 
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That tensions between Pakistan and India flare up from time to time is a damaging, decades-long reality. Quite apart from diplomatic relations, however, in recent years a trend of pettiness has emerged, particularly across the border, that is deeply disturbing.

 

The Pakhtun culture of Pakistan lives under the concept of “tarboor”, the “cousin from the father’s side” who is supposed to kill you one day.

 
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It is important to not antagonise Iran, and we appear to be doing just that. Iran is one of the key allies that Pakistan has within the region, and in order to counter India’s attempt to isolate Pakistan; it is necessary that we have cordial ties with our neighbour.

 

Reinterpretation of historical events serves contemporary political objectives and this is what we witness in Nepal today.

 
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Beijing has stepped up its arguments in favour of its Belt-Road Initiative in the run up to its global conference on the transcontinental infrastructure programme in mid-May.

 
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Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, always precarious even at the best of times, hit a new low in recent months.

 


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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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