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IN a country where negativity and cynicism reign supreme, critics and detractors of all kinds are revered, and emotional outbursts and fabricated stories dominate the air waves and social media, it is difficult to present a dispassionate analysis of national issues.

 
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India has a trade surplus with America, which has ended its pro-Pakistan tilt and supports India’s membership of the UNSC and NSG. Washington says it wants to see India emerge as a great power; China seems to block India’s rise. In the last few years, India has struggled to cope with Beijing’s political expansion, military modernisation and power projection in India’s neighbourhood.

 
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The symbolic weight and the cultural residue of the cult of remembrance of things past are embedded in the Russian national psyche. They combined to make it meaningful that Moscow scheduled the trilateral meeting of Russia, China and Pakistan on Afghanistan on December 27, which is a significant anniversary date of its national history that cannot easily be decontextualised or despatialised. The Indian commentators, with their very limited vocabulary, repertoire and portfolio of text, ritual and symbol in Russia’s tumultuous history altogether miss the plot when they impulsively view the ‘trilateral’ as an unmeditated Russian dalliance with our arch enemy, Pakistan.

 
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When Barack Obama was first elected, Pakistanis had more reasons than most to be optimistic. The Bush years may have restored Pakistan to the status of a key ally, but many had wearied of the costs that relationship incurred.

 
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With the Maithri-Ranil ‘unity government’ approaching the end of its second year in office in an increasingly acrimonious co-habitation, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is gearing up for a come-back. 

 
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As part of a defence appropriations bill of over $600 billion, the US Congress passed legislation that designated India as a “major defence partner”. Under its provisions, India will be treated at par with the US’s closest allies when it comes to the transfer of defence technologies. This development, in many ways, is the logical culmination of the on-going diplomatic discussions that have their origins just over two decades ago. It began in 1995 with the Agreed Minute on Defence Relations.

 
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It is time we Indians did a rethink on China and reconfigured our relations with that country while it is still possible. Unfortunately, we are being driven by an early 20th century mindset, conjured grievances, a sclerotic military-bureaucratic complex and an insecure, anxious West, to confront our largest neighbour and most important trading partner — one that has historically never been our enemy.  
 
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Pakistan, China and Russia have discussed Afghanistan’s “deteriorating” security situation and the increased activities of extremist groups like the ISIS in the war-torn country at a high-level meeting in Moscow that did not include any Afghan representatives.

 

Will India-United States relations, which have reached the level of a ‘strategic partnership’, continue their upward trajectory? The question looms large as January 20, 2017, when Donald Trump becomes US President, approaches

Will India-United States relations, which have reached the level of a ‘strategic partnership’, continue their upward trajectory? The question looms large as January 20, 2017, when Donald Trump becomes US President, approaches

 
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On January 20, next year, Donald Trump will take over as the 45th President of the United States of America, at a time when the U.S. remains engaged in the longest war in its history — the war in Afghanistan. He will be the third President to deal with the war launched in 2001 by U.S. President George Bush and sought to be brought to a conclusion by his successor U.S. President Barack Obama.  
 


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