Shubhajit Roy


At the UN, India for restraint in Rakhine, praises Bangladesh
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

India told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state should be handled with “restraint” and focus on the “welfare of the civilian population”.

Rohingya crisis: At UN, India calls for restraint in Rakhine, praises Bangladesh
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

India’s Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva, Rajiv K Chander, praised Bangladesh and said that the “role” being played by Dhaka in extending humanitarian assistance to the refugees “deserves recognition”.

India, Japan, US for freedom of navigation and territorial integrity
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

The MEA statement said the ministers “emphasised the need for ensuring freedom of navigation, respect for international law and peaceful resolution of disputes”

Joint statements of India-Japan: Terror to defence, a gradual shift
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

The India-Japan joint statement, for the first time, named Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). This is a big leap, in an effort to build a narrative against Pakistan for sheltering these terrorist outfits.

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe discussed Doklam: China in mind, India and Japan agree to deepen strategic ties
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

The reference to Pakistan-based terror groups is a new addition to the joint statement which said that the two leaders looked forward to “strengthening cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including Al-Qaida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, and their affiliates”.

After Dhaka SOS on Rohingyas, New Delhi to send relief flight
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The first flight carrying a consignment of relief material could be despatched as early as Thursday. It will be sent to Chittagong where Indian diplomats will hand it over to the Bangladesh government for further distribution.

Defence cooperation, dual-use technology on table at Shinzo Abe-Narendra Modi meeting
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe are scheduled to hold bilateral talks Thursday at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. This is their tenth meeting in the last three years.

PM Modi-Shinzo Abe meet: Two sides to discuss dipping bilateral trade between India, Japan
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Despite the increased bonhomie, and 10 meetings between PM Modi and Shinzo Abe, this is a major challenge confronting the bilateral ties between Indian and Japan.

18 months later, ISIS hostage Kerala priest on way home
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

At Ramapuram, in Kerala’s Kottayam district, V I Thomas, a cousin of the priest, said, “God has heard our prayers. We have been waiting for this news for the last 18 months.”

Shinzo Abe visit: Airport reception, roadshow, and dinner at roof-top restaurant
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Sources said PM Modi would take Shinzo Abe on a “massive roadshow” — from the airport to Sabarmati Ashram, possibly in an “open-top limousine” — with people cheering for them.

India hits back on UN rights chief’s remark on Rohingyas
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

“Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges. Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion,” Permanent Representative of India to UN in Geneva Rajiv K Chander said.

India steps up development partnership with Afghanistan
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Both sides hit out at Pakistan, without naming the country.

UN rights chief slams Kiren Rijiju’s deportation remark on Rohingyas
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

UN official Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said India “cannot carry out collective expulsions” and return people to a place where they face persecution.

Rohingya crisis: After Dhaka envoy meets S Jaishankar, India calls for ‘restraint’
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Dhaka, in an unusual move on Saturday, asked New Delhi to put pressure on the Myanmar government to take steps for peace and stability, and to stop the flow of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.

After Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi to host Shinzo Abe in Gandhinagar next week
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

The two leaders are likely to discuss a range of issues, including defence, Asia Pacific, nuclear cooperation, and joint development of projects in the region.

Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping talk Doklam: Border peace pre-requisite to take ties forward
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

PM Modi took to Twitter after the talks: “Met President Xi Jinping. We held fruitful talks on bilateral relations between India and China.” Xi Jinping told Modi that China was prepared to work with India on the five principles of Panchsheel

Xiamen diary: New event, old friends
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

After entering an ante-chamber following a photo-op with China’s President Xi Jinping, Modi enveloped Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in his trademark hug.

BRICS leaders: Will deepen security cooperation
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Responding to the BRICS summit document, Islamabad Tuesday said that Pakistan was also “seriously concerned” about the threat posed by terrorism and extremism in the South Asian region.

Day after naming Pak terror groups, BRICS says will deepen security cooperation
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for an organised and coordinated action on counter-terrorism, Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday said BRICS leaders had agreed on deepening political and security cooperation while enhancing mutual strategic trust. This came a day after the BRICS, for the first time, named two Pakistan-based terrorist groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, in […]

PM Modi, President Xi hold ‘forward-looking’ bilateral discussion, first after Doklam standoff
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

The Modi-Xi meeting, that lasted for an hour, comes amid diplomatic efforts by the two sides to overcome the bitterness caused by the 73-day face-off between their troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector.

Xiamen BRICS summit: Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping meet today to move beyond Doklam
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

BRICS Summit: This will be the first meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping after the end of the Doklam standoff.

Xiamen Summit declaration: First time, BRICS names Jaish, Lashkar in list of terror outfits
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

The Xiamen declaration also deplored all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed, by whomsoever.

Xiamen Diary: With Vladimir Putin, talks on business as well as culture
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

"President Putin recalled the prime minister’s visit to Russia earlier this year. And, he thanked the prime minister for high-level participation from India at the Eastern Economic Forum.”

Amid Doklam standoff, how India talked China into taking ‘big responsibility’
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

One of the key elements in this strategy, sources said, was the fact that the US under President Donald Trump was seen to be ceding space in global governance, and New Delhi gauged that the Chinese would be keen to capture that leadership space at the global stage.

BRICS Summit 2017: PM Modi flags GST, open economy of changing India
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

BRICS Summit 2017: In the Xiamen declaration issued at the end of the BRICS Summit’s plenary session, the influential grouping — which includes Brazil, Russia and South Africa — reaffirmed their commitment to “achieving a fair and modern global tax system”.

Then and now: Terror to graft to North Korea, what evolved from Goa to Xiamen BRICS summit
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

BRICS Summit 2017: In both declarations, BRICS underlines the “importance of predictability in accessing technology and finance for expansion of civil nuclear energy capacity” — the same argument given by India in its quest to become a member of the NSG.

PM Modi praises China role, seeks BRICS rating agency
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

“Moving forward, using the springboard of our national experiences, BRICS countries can deepen partnership for win-win results. Some thoughts come to mind for upgrading mutual cooperation," PM Modi said.

BRICS Summit 2017: First time, China signs statement that names Lashkar and Jaish in terror list
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

From India’s perspective, naming LeT and JeM are symbolic takeaways, since China has in the recent past blocked the designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council.

BRICS Summit: Xi sets stage for talks with PM Modi; Need peace, not conflict
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

BRICS Summit 2017: The bilateral meeting is likely to focus on repairing the damage done to the relationship, and would dwell on “confidence-building” measures, after the tense stand-off where the rhetoric coming out of Beijing was perceived to be extremely hostile.

BRICS Summit diary: Xiamen might be a washout
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

A downpour in Xiamen forced the Chinese and Indian officials to scrap the red-carpet welcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the tarmac. The Indian side had prepared to receive him in sync with Chinese protocol officers at the airport.

Xiamen BRICS Summit in China: Xi looks to send message, PM Modi mentions peace
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

As the Chinese President engages with the BRICS leaders from five countries and different continents, the recent border stand-off at Doklam between India and China will definitely be on everyone’s minds.

India, Switzerland to step up fight against tax fraud
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

“Prime Minister Modi welcomed the steps taken by the Swiss side to expedite the execution of tax information sharing request by India and hoped that the two sides resolve outstanding issues expeditiously through bilateral dialogue at competent authority level,” it said.

Hope India learns lessons from Doklam row, says China
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

On Monday, India and China decided to de-escalate and withdraw their soldiers from the site at the trijunction with Bhutan a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to travel to Xiamen in China for the BRICS summit from September 3 to 5.

PM Modi to visit China for BRICS summit
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

“At the invitation of the President of People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Xiamen in China’s Fujian province during September 3-5, 2017 to attend the 9th BRICS Summit,” an External Affairs Ministry statement said.

Standoff at trijunction with Bhutan over: India, China withdraw troops from Doklam
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

A government source told The Indian Express that the withdrawal of troops has been “mutual” and “simultaneous”, but “sequential”. However, the source refused to elaborate on which side began the withdrawal.

Nasheed snubs China: ‘India, Maldives ties over 2,000 years’
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

“India is the world’s biggest democracy and it is difficult to see it remaining quiet or idle (about the developments in the Maldives).... We have high expectations from India, and I believe India will deliver. In fact, it is delivering,” Nasheed said.