The government of India has asked security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir to enable "peace loving Muslims to observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment". The unilateral initiative from the government came a few days after the chief minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti, and most political...
President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the United States ‘will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal’. Trump went on to note that the US will be ‘reinstating nuclear sanctions against the Iranian regime’. These sanctions, which were waived as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...
In a break with tradition, Modi began his visit in Janakpur, the birth place of Sita. Janakpur is the temporary capital of province 2, where the Madhesi alliance of Rastriya Janta Party Nepal and Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal has formed the government. Modi’s desire to start his visit here,...
India’s nuclear weapon tests in May 1998 had more to do with its external security environment and the global strategic situation rather than domestic compulsions. Over the past two decades, the global environment and world order have changed considerably and so has the strategic calculus. The world today is...
The Xi-Modi summit in Wuhan in the end of April has drawn much attention in the international community with some claiming it may prove a turning point in Sino-Indian relations. Its significance however lies in transforming the overly emotional atmosphere that plagues Sino-Indian relations currently by creating bonding and...
India and Saudi Arabia are two ascending powers, both being G-20 economies and important players in respective regions of South Asia and Middle East. In over a decade since the visit of King Abdullah and the signing of Delhi Declaration in 2006, the two have strengthened bilateral relations based...
Politics in the Korean Peninsula is witnessing rapid changes, with both North Korea and South Korea coming together after decades of mutual isolation and division. Pledging a ‘no more war’ scenario, the historic Panmunjom declaration, released at the third inter-Korean summit on April 27, promises a “new era” of...
First, its capital is Bangalore, the hub of India’s IT companies and start-up talent, a city on the global IT map where smart companies like Flipkart are located and which has the largest number of colleges in India. Second, it is the entry point of the ruling Bharatiya Janata...
The people-to-people bonds between India and South Africa go back to the 1860s when the first Indians reached South African shores, but the state-to-state connection is more recent. This year marks the 25th year since the countries established diplomatic relations as the brutal apartheid regime was ending. The year...
Iraq votes for parliamentary elections on 12 May 2018, the fourth since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the second since the withdrawal of US forces in 2011, and the first after the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) in 2017. This will also be the first election...