South Asia and Beyond
Ashwin Ahmad

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.

US Will Pursue Its Interests in IOR, Says Declassified Document

NEW DELHI: The recently released document outlining Washington’s strategic framework on the Indo-Pacific came as somewhat of a surprise to the strategic community. Much of the document which talks about containing China in the IOR, has predictably drawn a furious response from Beijing. Given the timing of the document, which comes on the eve of […]Read More

Despite Online Crackdown, Trumping QAnon Will Be Tough

NEW DELHI: Social media giants are busy trying to wipe QAnon off the virtual sphere. The recent deletion of 70,000 QAnon Twitter accounts, the suspension of Parler—a social network believed to have been used by members of the fringe group—by Apple, Amazon and Google and a statement by Amazon that it would remove Q memorabilia […]Read More

As Iran, North Korea Try Nuclear Blackmail, Which Way Will

NEW DELHI: Ahead of Joe Biden’s swearing-in as America’s 46th president, he was sent unwelcome reminders by two long time adversaries, Iran and North Korea. Both reminders were in the context of nuclear weapons with Tehran showcasing an underground missile base, while North Korea was more brash, promising expansion of its nuclear weapons program. Their […]Read More

Boris Secures EU Deal But Selling It Is Another Matter

NEW DELHI: Boris Johnson has done what was seen as the impossible – he’s secured a trade deal with the EU. Political watchers in the UK sensed something was afoot when Johnson and the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen burnt the midnight oil in Brussels on Wednesday. There were also reports that the […]Read More

Netanyahu’s Odds Dim As Israel Heads For Elections In March

NEW DELHI: The collapse of the alliance between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party has forced Israel to its fourth election in less than two years. Never friends at the best of times, the two men formed a coalition of necessity to fight the country’s pandemic that is […]Read More

India Suspends Flights From UK As Mutant Strain Of Coronavirus

NEW DELHI: India has suspended all flights from London until December 31. With this New Delhi becomes the latest in a long list of nations across Europe, Asia and South America to suspend or ban flights from the UK flights and imposed strict quarantine rules on arriving British passengers. ‘This suspension to start w.e.f. 23.59 […]Read More