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.

Diversifying Beyond China: But India Is A Hard-Sell

NEW DELHI: US President Trump says he is “turbocharging” an initiative to bring manufacturing back from overseas. “We’ve been working on (reducing the reliance of our supply chains in China) over the last few years but we are now turbo-charging that initiative,” Keith Krach, Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment at the State Department […]Read More

A Mighty Heart: Looking Back On Irrfan Khan

NEW DELHI: Tom Hanks once claimed to “hate” Irrfan Khan, his Inferno co-star. At a Singapore media event organised by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Oscar-winning actor quipped: “Here’s what I hate about Irrfan Khan… I always think I’m the coolest guy in the room, and everybody’s hanging on to every word I say and everybody’s a little intimidated to be […]Read More

Stake In Jio: Facebook Makes A ‘Mark’, What’s Up For

NEW DELHI:  Mark Zuckerberg had famously declared in 2019 that “the future is private.” But data privacy or the possible lack of it is the big question on everyone’s minds after Facebook inked a deal with Reliance Jio, the telecom unit of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) providing $5.7 billion (Rs 43,574 crore) for a 9.99 percent stake in the company. […]Read More

Pandemic Hurts But Historic Drop In Crude Oil Prices Will

NEW DELHI: Crazy does not even begin to describe the state of the global oil market. Just days after the ‘oil war’ between Saudi Arabia and Russia was resolved with a deal between Opec Plus nations agreeing to production cuts, alarm bells rang again as the US shale oil market crashed with West Texas Intermediate […]Read More

When Can A Coronavirus Vaccine Be Ready – Part II

NEW DELHI: In the second part of an exclusive interview, Dr Niteen Wairagkar, global pandemic and new viral diseases expert speaks to Opinion Editor Ashwin Ahmad and explains how international organisations can and should ensure the equitable distribution of the vaccine for the COVID-19 virus across the world.   Q: There are many pharmaceutical companies racing […]Read More

What India Should Expect From A Joe Biden Presidency

NEW DELHI: It’s not Sanders it’s Biden!  The news that Joe Biden has edged out Bernie Sanders as the Democrats’ presidential candidate for the upcoming elections will come as welcome relief to New Delhi. Like Britain’s former Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Sanders has made several anti-India statements particularly on Kashmir and “mob violence” in India. On […]Read More

Coronavirus Scare: Boris Johnson Now ‘Stable’ But Britain Hasn’t Seen

NEW DELHI: Global pandemics are truly democratic in nature. Witness British Prime Minister Boris Johnson being moved to the intensive care unit at St Thomas’s Hospital on Monday afternoon, diagnosed with the coronavirus. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab is in charge until the PM returns. Latest reports suggest that the condition of the British PM is “stable” and […]Read More