BJP claims Modi-Sharif talks ‘a breakthrough’; Congress questions PM’s peace move – The Times of India

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The BJP on Friday claimed major breakthrough in India-Pakistan ties as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Source: BJP claims Modi-Sharif talks ‘a breakthrough’; Congress questions PM’s peace move – The Times of India Modi waves with … Continue reading

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Silky slippery roads: Indian and Chinese diplomacy

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Medieval diplomacy, border incursions and balance of power ideas detract the relations between China and India. There is no end in sight to this game and an underlying distrust frames the relations. This is unlike the how these nations treat western powers, or do they live in their shadow of influence. China and India have a lot to gain by developing a mutual trust. Continue reading

India Isn’t ‘Open for Business’ Yet – Bloomberg View

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I came across this article –  (see link below) which echoes a shared feeling that Modi will have difficulty translating his successes at a state level into a national one. Of course he will! Analysts and even sceptics know that … Continue reading

Crony capitalism a big threat to countries like India, RBI chief Raghuram Rajan says – The Times of India

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Crony capitalism a big threat to countries like India, RBI chief Raghuram Rajan says – The Times of India. That the government does good is something that I have held on to almost as a belief, in comparison to what … Continue reading

Afghanistan a 1000 year war or can it be shortened?

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William Dalrymple’s view on the Afghan issue being a manifest of India-Pakistan conflicts seems to be a statement that will not go down well. It seems to reflect his lack of understanding of the region despite his excellent research reflected in his writings. The future of Afghanistan is on a slender thread. Elections are not far and will they bring Karzai back. Continue reading

Prospects of peace in Afghanistan: a Freeperception view

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Peace in the Hindukush has hit a rock. The removal of troops always lead to uncertainty of the host’s future. Do we not know this? Yet there is little regard to the security of those who collaborate with external forces. We hope there is no massacre of innocent lives with the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. It is a troubling thought and there needs to be a amicable solution. Will the US agree to neutral parties negotiating for the,? Continue reading

God made man but Kalaschnikow made them equal!

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Global arms trade is mute to the destruction caused around the world. Conflict zones thrive because of the availability of arms. while one chases the weapons of mass destruction, small arms cause more destruction as they are out of any centralised control. Continue reading

Afghanistan: Moving Forward to 2014

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Indeed it is a historic time for the Hindukush region. The Afghan Army takes control of the security within Afghanistan relieving the international forces to a supporting role. Thinking about this; is Karzai left with fighting with some real shadows? … Continue reading