Category Archives: West Asia

New Delhi must reset its overt tilt to the US

(Friendship in fine fettle?) Conflicting signals are emanating from Delhi. Washington cancelled the 2+2 talks scheduled for July 6 involving the foreign and defence ministers because it believed the BJP government was going off script. India indicated it would not … Continue reading

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Reasons for not inviting Trump to India

  (Two strongman buddies) Returned from a summer holiday to read that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contemplating inviting US President Donald J Trump as the chief guest for the 2019 Republic Day celebrations in the expectation that this will … Continue reading

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India is courting peril by aligning militarily with the United States

  The nixing of the Iran nuclear deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the Paris Agreement are only some of the many ways that the United States has alienated its closest allies.1¬†President Donald Trump has already roiled the milieu by demanding … Continue reading

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Craven Indian govt will bow down to Trump’s edict on Iran

(Modi and Iran President Hassan Rouhani during the latter’s India visit) Finance Ministry mandarins have been wringing their hands for a while, wondering just¬† how to carry on doing business with Tehran in case US President Trump nixed the Joint … Continue reading

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Insulating Indo-Iranian ties

(Rouhani at a Hyderabad mosque) As I write this, Iran President Hassan Rouhani is sitting down to talk with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The latter can firm up bilateral relations in a way that hasn’t been done before in that … Continue reading

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India-Israel Relations

A panel discussion aired January 11, 2018 on the Rajya Sabha TV programme — ‘The Big Picture’ with former diplomats Virendra Gupta & Ashok Sajjanhar. KV Prasad of the Tribune (Chandigarh) and myself.

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Takeaways from Tillerson’s visit

Rajya Sabha TV panel discussion programme — ‘The Big Picture’ broadcast yesterday Oct 26, 2017.

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