Vivek Katju writes: It is time that the leaders of the political class confer with each other to return to a culture where its members could fiercely oppose each other but in doing so, never doubted each other’s patriotism, integrity or motivations
Vivek Katju writes: The unfolding of India’s stand on the Russian invasion of Ukraine is best illustrated by its statements at the UNSC. While it has refrained from any direct criticism of Russia and abstained from voting in any resolutions against it, India has dropped any reference to security concerns of states.
Vivek Katju writes: The point for consideration is if the talks are a part of the quiet and out-of-sight contacts between India and Pakistan which resulted in the February ceasefire along the Line of Control and the international border in J&K.
India-US ties will move positively forward but there will be imponderables ahead, principally arising out of US strategies towards China. Also, because of the lectures that a Biden administration may give the Modi government.
As the talks begin, the Taliban is in a position of strength. If the Kabul-based Afghan political class had succeeded in consolidating the republic and had kept the Taliban confined to a small area, it would have had the upper hand.