Category Archives: Afghanistan

FATF decision — MEA surprised (!!), India embarrassed

[Imran and Trump at World Economic Forum, Davos] This is what someone high-up in the S Jaishankar-led Ministry of External Affairs admitted to a newspaper after the unpreventable debacle at the Paris meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) … Continue reading

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A Decade of Regression and Squandered Opportunities

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stumble up the steps in Kanpur on December 17 was symbolic of the country staggering into the future instead of striding confidently into the third decade of the new Century. Most of India’s woes have been … Continue reading

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A space debris accord with US to clip India's options

[A pictorial representation of space junk] According to NASA, space junk is a serious problem, and the figures (below) are daunting. To-date there are (1) some 500,000 pieces of space debris between 1 and 10 cm, (2) more than 21,000 … Continue reading

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Modi: Not quite an Indian Trump

[Modi- Trump] Spent the last fortnight in New York lazing around doing nothing much. But couldn’t escape the newspaper coverage and press commentaries regarding India. Unfortunately for the Narendra Modi government 3-4 issues blew up at the same time — … Continue reading

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India’s challenge in Afghanistan

[Muqaddessa Yourish] In an informative interaction in CPR this morning, the youngish and well-spoken Muqaddessa Yourish, until recently Deputy Commerce Minister of Afghanistan and former civil servant who headed her country’s civil service reforms commission, provided several insights into the … Continue reading

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The coming pain from putting eggs in the US and China baskets

Forewarned apparently does not, for the Bharatiya Janata Party government, mean being forearmed. In writings prior to and in my recent books — Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet) in end-2015 and Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India’s … Continue reading

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This spells trouble

A lot of things were wrong, or went wrong, with the Houston-do starring Narendra Modi and Donald Trump. Not that anyone here noticed them, everybody being too busy singing hosannas for the budding Trump-Modi camaraderie on display. Let’s start with … Continue reading

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