The Indian government has awarded a contract for the installation of a 2,300 km-long optical fiber cable (OFC) across the Bay of Bengal between Chennai in the Indian mainland and Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) islands. Announced in 2016, the primary purpose of the project is...
South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a four-day visit to India as part of his efforts to promote his New Southern Policy. It has been the longest visit by any leaders of South Korea or India to each other's countries. Unlike in the past, when South Korea approached India under...
Finally, after a long and rather surprising wait, the main political parties in Pakistan brought out their manifestos. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was among the first to produce a highly detailed manifesto, which is fitting for a party hoping to make it back to the high table of...
South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited in India for a four-day trip from 8 to 11 July 2018, and both the countries resolved to add more substance to their partnership. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Moon Jae-in re-emphasised the natural partnership in which mutual complementarities have been key...
It was always a given. Nawaz Sharif simply had to return to his country or become history, as pointed out earlier in this column. After all, he’s done it before; first being expelled by a sitting president on corruption charges, and then being exiled to Saudi Arabia by a...
The tragic picture of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam at the side of an ailing Kulsoom Sharif (wife and mother respectively) says it all. The fall from grace of a family, that has had its moments of glory and lows very often through almost...
India’s foreign policy architecture in Indo-Pacific is witnessing continuous advancements. A case in point is the growing bonhomie with South Korea (officially known as the Republic of Korea). With Moon Jae-In’s recent visit to India from 8- 11 July 2018, New Delhi’s “Act East” policy was enriched with South...
The world order we live in was created in 1944-45, the post-World War II period, to deal with the problems confronting the United States and its Western European allies. That order is crumbling and we have to examine whether the changes work for or against our interests since the...
Cryptocurrencies have been holding the financial world in nervous fascination ever since the first one was launched in 2009. These digital or virtual currencies, which use cryptography – “the process of converting legible information into an almost uncrackable code to track purchases and transfers” – are a medium of...
Once again, India is caught in the middle of a conflict between the US and Iran. During the earlier round of sanctions, India had succeeded in deftly manoeuvring through the sanctions regime, keeping its relations with both countries intact, if somewhat bruised. However, with the latest round of US...