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India’s efforts to save former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav from the gallows got a boost after the international court of justice (ICJ) at The Hague intervened and stayed his execution by Pakistan.

 

While a penchant for Hindu symbolism is a leitmotif of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unique brand of politics domestically, one of the more interesting and under-reported aspects of his international diplomacy has been a focus on the cultural power of Buddhism and India’s special identity as its birthplace.

 

In the absence of making bilateral headway, India has requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to intervene in the Khulbushan Jadhav death sentence, citing violations of the Vienna Convention.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second visit to Sri Lanka in two years would hopefully launch a productive new phase in bilateral relations.

 
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With the “Big Three” already a failed experiment in creating a cricketing aristocracy, the chips from that breakup are falling where they may.

 

A Week after Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visited Pakistan and appeared to have helped re-establish diplomatic and security cooperation between the two countries over border management

 

It was a cool winter morning in late December 2001 when India decided to mobilise its forces on its border with Pakistan, in retaliation to the terror attack on the Indian Parliament on December 13 that year.

 
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It has been 70 years since the Partition of India. The separation was an ugly affair, with both sides holding grievances against each other.

 
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Starting from the premise that constructive dialogue is the first step towards untangling a history of vexed relations between two nuclear neighbours, every government that has made any headway on this track has done so by first working the base at home, its politics and its message.

 

Amid heightened regional diplomacy, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to Pakistan last week can be termed crucial. The visit was aimed at bolstering relations between the two neighbouring countries.

 


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