Shubhajit Roy


Ex-CIA chief David Petreaus: Never heard of Indian state-sponsored terror
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Petraeus said, “As director of the CIA, and commander of ISAF in Afghanistan, I never once heard the term ‘Indian State-sponsored terrorism’.”

PM Modi likely to visit UK for Commonwealth summit on April 19-20
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

The Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Summit, Tim Hitchens, is in New Delhi and has met officials from the Indian government to talk about the preparations for the summit and the forthcoming visit.

India, US should finalise joint defence agreement: US think tank
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Stressing that India and the US must build an economic relationship that creates jobs and opportunities for the people of both nations, the report said that the United States and India must look not just at areas like hi-tech, but also at infrastructure, to expand the benefits of investment and trade to all sectors of societies

Netanyahu in India: With FDI pitch, PM Modi asks Israeli defence firms to Make in India
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Netanyahu in India: Apart from noting that the next meeting of the Joint Working Groups on Homeland and Public Security will be held in February 2018, the two countries reiterated the importance of building comprehensive cooperation in counter-terrorism.

Israeli PM Netanyahu arrives; India, Israel seek to put UN vote behind them
Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Israeli PM Netanyahu's visit marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and takes place about six months after PM Modi’s trip to Israel, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish state.

Focus on defence, security: Netanyahu begins India visit today
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

Netanyahu, who lands in Delhi on Sunday afternoon for a four-day state visit, is likely to be received by Modi at the airport

US sends clear signal to India: At some point, let us post officers at each other’s combatant commands
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

US ambassador Kenneth Juster Thursday proposed “reciprocal military liaison officers at each other’s combatant commands” at“some point” in defence relations between the two countries.

MEA confirms India, Pakistan NSAs met in Bangkok: ‘Talks on terror can go on’
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

MEA said the focus of the “operational-level talks” was “cross-border terror” and ways to ensure elimination of terrorism from the region.

Maldives special envoy meets PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj, stress on ‘India first’ policy
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Maldives foreign minister Mohamed Asim’s remarks, as articulated by the Indian side, assumes significance since there has been a diplomatic tussle between the two countries in the last two months.

Ramayana festival, khadi jackets: Stage set for ASEAN at Republic Day
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

The summit will be hosted at the Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area. The leaders will release a commemorative Ramayana postage stamp on the occasion.

Ending chill, Maldives sends foreign minister to Delhi today
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

The strain in the relationship has intensified since November last year, when the Yameen government rammed through its Free Trade Agreement with China in their Parliament (Majlis) on November 29.

Shalom Bollywood: Benjamin Netanyahu to woo film industry in India trip
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

The event, which is likely to be held in Mumbai on January 18, will be one of the showpiece events during Netanyahu’s four-day visit to India beginning January 14.

Trump administration suspends $1 billion in security aid to Pakistan, keeps India in loop
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

US civilian and military assistance for Pakistan has dropped from an average of over $2.2 billion a year during the period immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks to an estimated $526 million in 2017.

US suspends $1-billion in aid to Pakistan, asks it to act on terror groups at home first
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

The Pakistani's have clearly indicated that they are unhappy with the public rhetoric of the Trump administration.

Pakistan puts out new video on Kulbhushan Jadhav, India calls it a propaganda stunt
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Hours after Pakistan’s foreign ministry released the video, New Delhi said Islamabad’s “propagandistic exercises” have “no credibility”, and said it was “absurd” that a “captive under duress is certifying his own welfare”.

Sushma Swaraj to begin 5-day visit to ASEAN countries
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Sushma Swaraj will undertake her first visit of the year to three southeast Asian countries — Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore — from January 4 to 8.

Congress alleges RSS behind Maharashtra violence
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

With Rahul Gandhi present, Congress members were vociferous in their protest. They stormed the well, with support from NCP, Left parties and RJD on the benches.

Despite strains, silent progress in India, Pak talks
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

While the high-decibel rhetoric has been on, the two sides have been quietly and steadily making progress on “low-hanging fruits”.

US seeks to stop H-1B extensions, may hit several Indian workers
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

If the proposal is passed by the US Congress, it has the potential of affecting thousands of Indian skilled professionals working in the US.

Mehram rules: It took India three years after Saudi Arabia to let women go for Haj without male escort
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

Riyadh updated rules in 2014, allowing women above 45 years to go in groups

US foolishly gave aid to Pakistan for 15 years, they gave us only lies, deceit: Trump
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

Posting his first tweet of 2018, Trump wrote: “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools."

In dragon’s shadow, a year to build bridges, mend fences
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

If the last few weeks of 2017 are any indication, New Delhi faces multiple challenges in its proclaimed “neighbourhood first” policy. And in each task that lies ahead, the Chinese footprint is already unmistakable.

Rally with Hafiz Saeed: India gets Palestine to recall its Pakistan envoy
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

“We share historical ties with India, which are close and friendly... This is not acceptable that a Palestinian Ambassador shared the stage with a terrorist wanted by India," said Palestine Ambassador to India

26/11’s Baby Moshe, Benjamin Netanyahu to visit in January, PM Modi looks at a stop in Palestine
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Besides Delhi, Netanyahu, who will be accompanied by his wife, will visit Agra to see the Taj Mahal, and will also go to Ahmedabad, Mumbai.

Palestinian envoy in Pakistan shares stage with JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, angers India
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Hours after the photographs of Ali with Saeed surfaced on social media, Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that New Delhi would take up the matter “strongly” with the Palestinian government.

Sushma Swaraj in House: Pakistan presented Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother as widows
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

The two women had to remove their mangalsutra, bindi, bangles, hair-clips and footwear, and also change their clothes, before meeting Jadhav, the former Indian Navy officer on Death Row in Pakistan, on Monday

Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting: Pakistan harassed family, forced wife to remove mangalsutra, claims India
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Kullbhushan Jadhav: New Delhi said that the manner in which the meeting was conducted and its aftermath were clearly an attempt to bolster a “false and unsubstantiated narrative of Jadhav’s alleged activities”.

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother broke down, spoke to him via telephone
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Kulbhushan Jadhav meets family: While initial greetings took place across the glass screen, Jadhav’s wife and mother were able to communicate with him mainly via a telephone.

At boundary talks, India, China discuss CBMs after Doklam
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

This is the first time that a Special Representative from the Chinese side is also a member of the powerful politburo of the Communist Party of China.

Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: India votes against US at United Nations
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

At the UN, India voted with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives, in favour of the resolution which was passed with 128 votes.

New US National Security Strategy: India a leading global power, Pakistan needs to show it can be responsible for its nukes
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Donald Trump strategy paper says the prospect of India-Pakistan conflict leading to n-exchange a real concern... will help check China’s influence

Parliament Winter Session: Chidamabaram calls for separate law for small companies
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

“Eventually, we must have a separate law for small and medium companies and have a comprehensive Companies Act only for large companies,” Chidamabaram said during a discussion on the Companies (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha

Why it is time for New Delhi to make Nepal feel ‘India-open’
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Nepal’s political leadership has often felt that India uses blockades of essential supplies to discipline the smaller country. With the China-leaning Left Alliance winning Nepal’s elections, India will have to work extra hard to repair the trust deficit

Maldives chill gets deeper, officials face action for meeting Indian Ambassador
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

New Delhi, which is closely tracking the development, has not issued any statement.

Arab envoys want stronger message from New Delhi on Trump-Jerusalem
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

After hearing the envoys, sources said Indian officials, led by MJ Akbar, sought to allay their concerns and said that New Delhi was not going to take any position dictated by a “third country”.

Sushma Swaraj, Wang Yi spoke on Doklam standoff: MEA
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Swaraj and Wang noted the “challenge it had posed to the relationship” and expressed “satisfaction” that it was resolved with the disengagement of troops at the face-off site through concerted diplomatic communications.