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.

Australia Outlier as France Readies To Kiss And Make Up

NEW DELHI: It seems France and the US are ready to kiss and make up: Secretary of State Antony Blinken will be in Paris on Tuesday for talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, “to identify the steps that will be needed to re-establish confidence between our two countries,” the French foreign ministry said. […]Read More

Quad Joint Statement: Reading Between The Lines

NEW DELHI: For a grouping that has never issued a joint statement, the one produced at the end of the first Quad leaders summit in Washington DC, appeared to make up for the earlier absence. It struck all the right notes, whether on “free and open Indo-Pacific”, the “rules-based order” and “Asean centrality. “ Nothing […]Read More

Victory Is Sweet But Trudeau Remains In Minority

NEW DELHI: It was a bittersweet victory in the end for Justin Trudeau. The Canadian prime minister who called a snap election two years after he was elected to the top post in 2019 won, but in the end failed to convert his minority government into a majority. Though votes are still coming in and […]Read More

‘Jagmeet Factor’ Could Be Key To Canada’s Election

NEW DELHI: India faces the distinctly uncomfortable prospect of a Sikh with Khalistani leanings playing kingmaker in Canada if Monday’s election does not result in a party with a majority. To be sure, Jagmeet Singh of the National Democratic Party is not an unknown quantity, given his support for the Liberal Party government of Prime […]Read More

As Afghan Pot Simmers, Does India Have A Vision And

NEW DELHI: Iran’s newly appointed foreign minister Hossain Amir-Abdollahian flies into Delhi later this month on a two-fold mission: to sound out South Block on Afghanistan and figure out the space for cooperation, and to get the bilateral relationship back on track. Afghanistan first: Tehran has been disappointed by the faces on the Taliban interim […]Read More

India Stands Firm As Kerry Pushes Net Zero Emissions

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Glasgow climate summit in late October, US climate czar John Kerry was in Delhi heaping praise on India’s drive for 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. “PM Modi has set very ambitious targets in India. The target of 450 GW by 2030 of renewable energy, is one of the most […]Read More

China’s Subversion By Stealth Of India’s Soft Power

NEW DELHI: A study by a Delhi-based think tank has warned that China is secretly infiltrating and targeting key instruments of India’s soft power, such as Bollywood, taking over video and entertainment platforms, influencing journalists, all with the aim of building a pro-China lobby in the country. In a 76-page report titled Mapping Chinese Footprints […]Read More

India’s Gamble In The New Great Game, Talking To The

NEW DELHI: India’s official acknowledgment of talks with Taliban leader Sher Abbas Stanekzai in Doha, was the rubber stamp on a dialogue that had been going on discreetly for some time. Recall Qatar’s special envoy Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani indicating earlier this year that Indian intelligence officials had paid a “quiet visit” to Doha […]Read More

US Bungling In Afghanistan Dogs Harris In Southeast Asia

NEW DELHI: At any other time, the first visit by US Vice President Kamala Harris to Singapore and Vietnam would have been seen as evidence of Washington’s commitment to a region under pressure from China. But in the aftermath of the bungled US withdrawal from Afghanistan, it’s not clear if Harris has been able to […]Read More