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M. K. Bhadrakumar

M. K. Bhadrakumar

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Guns fall silent on India-Pakistan border

Indian army soldiers patrol at the Line of Control between India and Pakistan, Poonch, about 250 kilometres from Jammu city, Dec. 18, 2020. The e...

US, Iran edging back to negotiating table

The frozen lake of US-Iran confrontation is generating a pinging sound. The cracking of the ice is yet to produce that loud booming thunderclap. But t...

India has lessons from Sino-Russian normalisation

At a press conference in Beijing on Monday, when asked about China’s attitude toward BRICS cooperation and India’s current chair...

The zen of Ladakh disengagement

Wang Yi and Ajit Doval The 9th round of talks at the army commanders’ level between India and China resulted in a breakthrough th...

US-Indian strategic construct of Western Indian Ocean runs...

Pakistan Navy is hosting largest multinational maritime exercise ‘Aman 21’ in North Arabian Sea on February 11-16, 2021. The AMAN-21...

With eye on Biden, India’s Iran diplomacy shifts gear

By a fortuitous happening, the top South Block official  heading the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran Division in India’s External Affairs Ministr...

Taliban risks losing international legitimacy

A high-powered Taliban delegation led by Mullah Baradar arrived in Tehran for consultations on January 26, 2021  A high-level delegation led...

US-Pak reset to advance Biden’s Afghan settlement

Barack Obama (C) with advisers reviewing Afghan exit plan, vice-   president Joe Biden (L), White House, Washington, DC, circa 2010 Mark Twa...

Biden’s Idea of India and Savarkar’s are poles apart

According to media reports, the US President Joe Biden has picked as many as 20 Indian-Americans for senior positions in his government, and the commo...

Blinken’s diplomatic cart will have a bumpy ride

US Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken at confirmation hearing of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, Jan 19, 2021 The confir...

Boris Johnson has done Modi a favour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson conferring on the latter the great honour of being the chief g...

Biden needs Russia and China’s help to cut Trump’s Gordian...

In international diplomacy, while creating narratives, there is a criticality about the timeline over normative values. Iran’s announcement on D...

China’s mission to Nepal gains traction

There can be no two opinions that China has huge stakes in Nepal’s stability. The leitmotif of the visit to Kathmandu by the delegation from the...

India’s military diplomacy is delusional

India’s chief of the army staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane (L) met top Saudi generals, Riyadh, December 14, 2020  The recent visits...

The endgame in Afghanistan is near

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, right, with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, fifth from left, and his delegation during their mee...

India still has time to calm ties with China

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his India visit in 2014. Photo: Xinhua Two Indian correspondents...

India’s Gulf strategy is chasing Chinese phantoms

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani (R) received External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Manama, Dec 24, 2020 T...

Saudi overtures to Qatar and Turkey bring results

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (R) welcomes Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 26, 2020  A rapprocheme...

Israel gets boxed in as Iran issue surges

Iran’s nuclear water reactor in the city of Arak “Iran’s scientific and defense policies won’t change because of the assa...

Historical undercurrents in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijani army members hold the national Azerbaijani flag during its reconstruction at the dominant height near the village of Talysh, Azerbaijan,...

Spectre of Biden presidency haunts India

From the Indian perspective, the prospect of a Joe Biden presidency becomes a moment of ‘memory mixing with desire’, to borrow from TS Eli...