South Asia and Beyond

Vaccines & Variants: The Beginning Of The End Or The

NEW DELHI: In a first step, about fifty million doses of Covid vaccines (for a world population of nearly eight billion) have been administered across the globe in a month since the first approval for use. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is aiming to distribute two billion doses worldwide by the end of this year. India’s […]Read More

India-U.S. Ties: Continuity Or Change?

NEW DELHI: Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States. Kamala Harris has also taken oath as the 49th Vice President. On day one in office, the President has signed 15 executive orders, reversing some key foreign policy and national security decisions of former President Donald Trump. The orders encompass rejoining the Paris […]Read More

Biden Takes Over Deeply Divided Nation, Has Too Many Challenges

NEW DELHI: U.S. President Joe Biden has promised to heal and unify the country but an assessment titled Top Risks 2021 by the New York-based Eurasia Group, which provides advisory and consulting services, has warned that polarisation will undermine his domestic and foreign policies and could even consume his presidency. The assessment indicates a “conservative […]Read More

Effusive Praise For India As Covid Vaccines Arrive In Bhutan,

NEW DELHI: As India stepped up its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ with Covid-19 vaccine consignments reaching neighbours Maldives and Bhutan on Wednesday, the generosity of its government and people was lauded by the leadership of both countries. A gift of one million doses of the Serum Institute of India-manufactured CoviShield vaccine for Nepal and two million doses […]Read More

Wings For Make In India In Defence, More In Store

NEW DELHI: In the biggest push yet to ‘Make in India’ in the defence sector, the government has cleared a ₹48,000-crore deal to buy 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It’s billed as a game changer for the domestic aerospace industry, including small enterprises. In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’, […]Read More

U.S. Strategy For Indo-Pacific: What It Means For India

NEW DELHI: The Trump administration, on January 12, declassified a ten-page document on its Indo-Pacific strategy, including ‘accelerating India’s rise,’ blocking China from establishing ‘illiberal spheres of influence,’ and maintaining ‘U.S. strategic primacy’ in the region. The document and strategy, approved in February 2018, has an original ‘Declassify On’ date of December 31, 2042. On […]Read More

NSA Doval’s Kabul Trip; No Boots On The Ground, Increased

NEW DELHI: Indian boots on the ground in Afghanistan “is a terrible idea, will be a dangerous, costly deployment,” says Dr Avinash Paliwal, Associate Professor in International Relations, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, adding, “but, both sides are on the same page about other assistance… offering more military support… a […]Read More

NSA Doval In Kabul, Ghani Stresses ‘Joint Endeavours With U.S.

NEW DELHI: In a publicly unannounced meeting between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in Kabul “both sides discussed expansion of cooperation in countering terrorism between the two countries, and strengthening regional consensus on the Afghan peace process,” the Presidential Palace said. President Ghani “stressed that India and Afghanistan’s joint […]Read More

Can General Naravane’s Nepal Visit Bring About A Thaw In

NEW DELHI: India’s Army Chief General MM Naravane is an unlikely candidate to repair the recently strained India-Nepal relations but his three-day visit to Kathmandu beginning today might just be the opening that both sides have been looking for to mend ties after months of bickering and bitterness. Traditionally, all Indian Army Chiefs are conferred […]Read More