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Odds remain against India in Afghanistan
Despite India’s hurried participation in the recently started intra-Afghan talks, chances are that it will have little or no impact on the final outcome. For one thing, India’s participation comes at a time when its main ally in Afghanistan, the government in Kabul, has already accepted that the Taliban are an inalienable part of any future political set up for the country.
For most of the time until now, India and the regime in Kabul were united in opposing the Taliban’s return to politics. That Kabul is now engaged in formal talks with the Taliban means that a fundamental shift has taken place in Afghanistan, and India cannot but respond to it positively. It has to make overtures to the Taliban. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
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Bangladesh-India relations: The wolf has lost its teeth and claws
Once the Big Brother dominating the South Asian scene, India is gradually becoming an outlier in the region. Its hubristic belief in its self-proclaimed superpower status is fast thinning in the edges. With its neighbors steadily, one by one, standing up to its long-standing dominance, India is realizing that dictating terms can no longer deliver results.
The question is why? What has changed the equations in the region? Is it simply China’s overt presence, going beyond economic interactions and entering the geopolitical sphere that is nudging India from its perceived pinnacle of regional power? TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Why Maldives security deal stirs India’s senses
Some officious Indian media outlets have forcibly linked a cooperation agreement between the US and the Maldives with China recently. They said the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region is where China has been trying to increase its influence, and the US is pushing for a broader role of India in this region. The Indian outlets implied that the recent US-Maldives deal is targeted at China's growing influence in the Indian Ocean.
If there is really a target of the deal, it should be India rather than China. As the most powerful country in the Indian Ocean, India has always regarded the region as its own sphere of influence and it remains highly vigilant against the presence of countries from outside of the region. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
China and friends surround India: Your move, New Delhi
It was the second state visit by Yang since he began a diplomatic charm offensive with a trip to Singapore on August 19 and followed a visit by President Xi Jinping half a year ago in which dozens of cooperation agreements were agreed.
It also comes at a significant juncture; Myanmar is to hold a general election in November and it looks likely that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy will be returned to power. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Indian Army to use double-humped camels for transportation, patrolling in Ladakh
Double-humped camels will now be used for transportation and patrolling by the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh's treacherous terrain. This plan originally from three years ago will come into effect amid the India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The project was introduced soon after the Doklam faceoff of 2016 between the Indian and Chinese armies on the India-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction in Sikkim. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Why the Indian state is now scared of the Kashmiri Shia
On August 29, the 10th day of the holy month of Muharram, known as Ashoura, Indian forces fired pellets and tear gas shells to disperse hundreds of Shia Muslims participating in a traditional religious procession in Indian-administered Kashmir, seriously injuring dozens of people.
The Indian state's decision to clamp down on this year's Muharram procession with such force was a sign of its growing concerns over the support Kashmiri Shia started to show for the freedom and self-determination movement in the valley. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
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