South Asia and Beyond

Ashwin Ahmad

Traveller, bibliophile and wordsmith with a yen for international relations. A journalist and budding author of short fiction, life is a daily struggle to uncover the latest breaking story while attempting to be Hemingway in the self-same time. Focussed especially on Europe and West Asia, discussing Brexit, the Iran crisis and all matters related is a passion that endures to this day. Believes firmly that life without the written word is a life best not lived. That’s me, Ashwin Ahmad.

BRICS Summit: Putin, Xi Jinping Challenge West, Modi Pushes Digital

NEW DELHI: The first BRICS summit since Russia invaded Ukraine saw President Putin throw a few more challenges to the West: he called for alternative mechanisms to ensure international payments between BRICS nations. Pointing out that trade between Russia and the other BRICS nations has increased by 38% in the first three months of this […]Read More

How Important Is The BRICS Summit For India?

NEW DELHI: The 14th BRICS summit opens in virtual format on Thursday and will continue till Friday with President Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Narendra Modi and other leaders attending.  China is the host and ideally the leaders should have attended in person, but with Delhi and Beijing at odds ever since the Ladakh clashes, […]Read More

Macron’s Heft On Ukraine May Decline As Domestic Issues Overtake

NEW DELHI: Emmanuel Macron’s failure to win an outright majority in the legislative elections proves the sheen around the French president who won the second round of the presidential elections in April, is disappearing. Though his Ensemble (Together) coalition is still the biggest with 245 seats in the National Assembly it is well short of […]Read More

India Backs New Indo-Pacific Economic Framework To Counter China

NEW DELHI: There’s a new wannabe trading alternative in the Indo-Pacific but it modestly styles itself as an economic framework and its proponents in Washington have made it clear that it’s not about free trade or lower tariffs or even market access. But the reading among diplomats and trade specialists in New Delhi is that […]Read More

Labour Victory In Australia Could See Re-balance In Favour Of

NEW DELHI: Australians vote on Saturday with “3Cs” on their mind: Climate Change, China and Covid. And here’s how things could go on Saturday. Incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to lose with an opinion poll last week showing his rating at -14. He is faulted for not being serious enough on climate change, […]Read More

Modi Macron Bond Over Dinner, To Work Together On Space,

NEW DELHI: “Landed in Paris. France is one of India’s strongest partners, with our nations cooperating in diverse areas.” Prime Minister Modi’s understated tweet gave no hint of what was in store during his few hours stopover in Paris, ostensibly to congratulate President Macron on his victory in the elections last month. As it turned […]Read More