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A coincidence, as they say in dip­lomacy, needs a lot of work. A crucial meeting between the ‘special representatives’ of India and China, barely a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tokyo for the annual bilateral summit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, might be a coincidence, but is not without significance.

 
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Buckley and his co-authors argue that India served “an important growth motor for Japanese firms” and was a “significant catalyst of Japan’s industrialisation” in the first few decades of the 20th century. As India seeks to replace China as the factory of the world in the 21st century, Japan could be one of the catalysts of India’s industrial development.

 

The PM’s talks in Japan will coincide with a critical meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in Vienna on Friday which will consider the question of criteria on whether to admit India and Pakistan, the two non-signatories to the NPT that have applied for membership. India has made predictability an important part of its pitch for the NSG membership, which would come under a cloud if it were to allow Japan to cancel its agreement in the event of a nuclear test, which explains the sharp focus on the exact text of the agreement in Tokyo.

 
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In a regional environment where a US-led containment strategy against China has no future, there is urgency to reset the sights and rethink old assumptions.

 
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India and Russia have reiterated their commitment in defence cooperation with announcements on several big ticket procurements such as S-400 air defence missile system, Kamov 226T helicopters, Grigorovich class frigates (Project 1135.6) and also an agreement with Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation to set up shipbuilding capabilities in Andhra Pradesh.

 

 
 
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Donald Trump is at the Oval Office and the big question on India's mind is how should it open up to an American president who mimicked an Indian call centre worker in one of his campaign speeches? 

 
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These developments call for greater care and wisdom in the handling of our relations with India and the US than has been exhibited so far. While working for a tension-free relationship with India, we should recognise that friendship with India will remain an elusive goal in the foreseeable future. Consequently, SAARC must be downgraded as a vehicle for regional cooperation. Instead, ECO must be built up by us as an organisation for regional economic integration. We must also adopt a long-term approach to the Kashmir dispute keeping in view the national, regional, and global ground realities. We need to lower our expectations from the US while maintaining and, where possible, strengthening our friendly relations with it. Finally, we should develop bridges of understanding and cooperation with Russia while deepening our strategic links with Iran.

 
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Never in the history of India-Nepal relations have ties soured and sweetened so quickly as this year, following the rise and fall of the pro-China KP Oli-led Cumminist Party of India (Unified Marxist-Leninist) coalition Government and the re-rise of the converted, no-longer-anti-India Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ as Prime Minister a second time.   
 
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The ongoing exchange of fire across the 740-km Line of Control (LoC) and the 199-km International Border (IB) is understandably in the news and cause for much speculation. In reality, however, there is nothing unusual about it.   
 

Despite the fascination with Pakistan’s feckless civilian leadership, it is the Pakistan Army that controls all levers of power that influence the country’s foreign and security policies as well as key domestic policies that inform the same.

 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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This has been a mind-boggling year for Europe. First Britain’s shock European Union referendum result and the ensuing backlash against immigrants seemed to signal the rise of the right in Europe. The certainty that the right was on a steady march to power seemed confirmed by the U.S. election result and was seized upon by right-w
 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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