The writer is Consulting Editor, The Indian Express.
In whatever manner protocol etiquette plays out, the fact that ten leaders from South-East Asia will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi behind a bullet-proof enclosure on January 26, is enough to make heads turn.
‘Pakistan wants to have us as a client state... It is too offensive for words, but we know it for what it is,’ says Afghanistan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar
Between assassinations, martial law, creeping coups and judicial dictatorships, Pakistan is almost constantly in a state of ferment…Nothing like an alleged sexual distraction, though, to spice things up a bit and provide some dramatic relief, of course at the expense of the woman in question.
After Nawaz Sharif recently ordered Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit be superseded to the Foreign Secretary's post, Basit took early retirement from his post. Here are the excerpts from his interview.
Abdul Basit claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on the charge of spying, had provided Pakistani authorities a lot of information, enabling them to bust what he called several sleeper cells and local operatives.
Soon after Modi’s October 2013 rally in Patna, Nitish Kumar had compared him to Hitler. Today, the Bihar chief minister has to eat his words
The beautiful sun-kissed islands are in the throes of political turmoil again, with troops surrounding Parliament on the orders of President Abdulla Yameen. Once again, the world is watching the situation develop in South Asia’s tiniest state, with a population of 400,000 people
Before the match, the prime minister personally tweeted best wishes to each member of the Eleven that was going to play, picking out the best quality for each of the girls and tagging everyone with a Twitter account.
The smallest country in South Asia has a population of barely 400,000 people. But its atolls and islands straddle the strategic navigation and communication sea lanes over 800 km north to south in the Indian Ocean, making it a crucial for countries with global ambitions.
In exile for the last two years, after he was defeated in a controversial run-off election by Yameen, Nasheed said in an interview to The Indian Express, “What is in Maldives’ interest very much depends on what is in India’s interest.”
Prime Minister Modi gifted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu replicas of two sets of copper plates, said to have been inscribed in the 9-10th century, which demonstrate the history of Cochin Jews in India.
Tonight in Israel, the Twitter retweet button has become a weapon of mass enthusiasm
If Meira Kumar’s name had come up before Kovind or Gopal Gandhi’s name had been decided, then JD(U) would have agreed with the rest of the joint Opposition on that name.
“Yes, we are very upset at the behaviour of the Congress. The character assassination of our leader, Nitish Kumar, has also happened,” JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi told The Indian Express.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s angry remarks at Sabarmati about those killing innocents in the name of the cow doesn’t seem to be shared by the CMs of states where the killings are taking place.
It was during this US visit that Trump agreed on both counts — that the summit should go ahead in India and that Ivanka Trump would lead the US delegation. With the PM pushing Ivanka to be her father’s goodwill ambassador to India, the bilateral relationship just got another big push.
The symbolism of Prime Minister Modi embracing Donald Trump is matched by the substantive direction of the India-US relationship, on terrorism, Pakistan as well as the economy.
The landmark Ariana flight, carrying 60 tonnes of asafoetida or heeng, was flagged off by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani from Kabul airport on June 19, and received in Delhi three hours later by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Even as he focuses on his all-important meeting with the US President, all the PM’s men have not had one word to say in condolence on the lynching of a 15-year-old boy
By picking the Bihar governor as BJP’s presidential candidate, Modi is signalling to Nitish Kumar that if he wants he can easily return home
New Delhi should not hector those nearby if it intends to bring about balance with Beijing
As the Kathmandu elite, then led by UML prime minister K P Oli, cosied up to the Chinese during the blockade, India watched uncomfortably.
There’s not a word on PM Narendra Modi's Twitter feed on the farmers unrest or on his forthcoming visit to the US. Wonder why?
By saluting ISRO scientists for the launch of GSLV, the PM is acknowledging the secret space cooperation between India and Russia 24 years ago
Kabul attack: The attack on the Indian ambassador's residence comes less than a week after a truck blew up at the entrance to the Green Zone – inside which the Indian embassy as well as India House is located.
As he condemns the London terror attacks, PM Modi reminds the world of its double standards on cross-border terrorism against India.
As Modi returns from St. Petersburg and prepares to go to Washington DC later in June to meet Donald Trump, he might think about that 30-second interaction between him, Putin and Megyn.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to St. Petersburg to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin to mark 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the former Soviet Union and India.
Sushma Swaraj tweeted her gratitude to India’s counsel at the Hague, who had argued that there was significant concern that Pakistan’s military court would have executed Jadhav in the dead of night.
The brand new state had been carved out of Palestine, and India was a friend of its fellow underdog.
"According to clause 6 of that agreement... in cases where detentions and arrests relate to political or security matters, the request of consular access will be decided on merits of the case," said senior counsel Sidharth Luthra
The diplomatic close shave in Sri Lanka is emblematic of South Asia’s dilemma when it comes to pursuing closer ties with China.
Each of the 11 quotes is accompanied by a different photo of the PM praying or lighting a candle or offering flowers or standing next to Buddhist priests in front of a variety of iconostasis bathed in brilliant orange.
The PCB feels India has no genuine reason to avoid bilateral series against Pakistan at a neutral venue.
Macron argued that Le Pen represented the “party of hatred” which wanted a “civil war” in France. She responded by saying that he was part of the bourgeois elite and didn’t understand how ordinary people lived.
Tibetan spiritual leader to attend international meet in Rajgir-Nalanda in March, Karmapa will travel to Sikkim.