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India’s presence at 'Moscow Format' on Afghanistan was imperative

Whether India opened a back channel dialogue with the Taliban is not known, although Taliban had overtly conveyed during earlier international dialogues on Afghanistan that they always considered India a friend, even above Pakistan and Iran, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

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Sino-India ties: Need to look beyond border, river disputes

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s visit to Delhi on March 1 as part of the preparation for the BRICS Summit meeting in end-March that India is hosting was significant at the bilateral plane, as it led to a broad agreement for greater cooperation between the two Asian giants in the maritime domain. Writes C Uday Bhaskar

Has India lost the mango and the sack in the Maldives?

India has, as the saying goes, lost the mango as well as the sack in the Maldives. It has lost the goodwill of every democracy-loving Maldivian and has not gained anything from the new dispensation- backed and aided by a cocktail of the military, police, mafia and radicals.Writes Sumon K Chakrabarti

Time for US to end its delusion that Pakistan is an ally

For wrong reasons or right, Pakistan has for over three decades served as a hub for militant extremism. All militant and terrorist groups operating in the Philippines, Middle East, Central Asia, India, China’s Xinxiang, Afghanistan, the Caucuses, Europe and North America have, in one way or another, fresh or historical links with Pakistan. Writes Amrullah Saleh, former Director General of Afghanistan's Intelligence Directorate.

India's Iran dilemma: more complex than meets the eye

 India shares the US led view that the emergence of a nuclear Iran is not in the regional interest – but differs on the means to be adopted to persuade Iran to abide by its NPT commitments.  Writes C Uday Bhaskar

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Nuclear energy is vital to meet climate-change challenge, says India

India has declared that nuclear energy is vital for meeting the challenge of climate change and suggested supporting efforts to promote its public acceptance amid growing opposition to nuclear power and plans by some countries to phase out their atomic generation plants.  

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Bhutan slips on Ease of Business; foreign workers blocked

As Bhutan’s ranking on ease of doing business slipped eight places to 81, foreign workers from four professions will not qualify to get work permits in Bhutan starting this month, accordin...

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