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.

Xi Jinping’s Tibet Visit: Carrot For Tibetans, Stick For India

NEW DELHI: Two key takeaways from President Xi Jinping’s visit to Lhasa and Nyingchi in Tibet, the latter is close to India’s border state of Arunachal Pradesh. “The focus of the Xi visit is to show that firstly through their policies they have cured the fundamental issue in Tibet which is economic backwardness,” argues Prof. […]Read More

‘If Hamas Can Establish Itself As A Political Party Why

NEW DELHI: Amid reports that the Taliban flag is flying over Spin Boldak, the Afghan border crossing into Pakistan, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Dushanbe for an SCO meeting, unveiled a 3-point roadmap calling for a peaceful democratic and united Afghanistan; end to all terror attacks on civilians and state representatives with a […]Read More

Iran Dangles Jask Carrot As Nuke Talks Move Forward

NEW DELHI: There could be a breakthrough in talks on Iran’s deadlocked nuclear deal, the signal coming from no less than two sources. Wendy Sherman, US deputy secretary of state, was reported as saying that the sixth round of talks will resume over the weekend in Geneva with the Biden administration hopeful of a deal […]Read More

No Scope For Deal With Terrorist Hamas, Says Israel

NEW DELHI: At the risk of stating the obvious, a senior Israeli official handling counter terrorism in his country’s foreign ministry said there was no scope for any understanding with Hamas. Nevo Barchad said the only way forward was for the “terrorist” organisation” to step down so that real peace talks could take place between […]Read More

US Study Warns of India-China Water Wars

NEW DELHI: A study has warned that India and China, locked in confrontation on the Line of Actual Control, may also have to contend in the future with “water wars.” The study by the Washington DC-based Council on Strategic Risks and the Woodwell Climate Research Center, warns that the lack of information on BRI dam […]Read More

China Mum As India Talks Respect For Territorial Integrity

NEW DELHI: India delivered a pointed message to China at the virtual summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China South Africa) foreign ministers on Tuesday. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called for the “territorial integrity” of all states to be preserved. He said, “We strive for a fair, just, inclusive, equitable and representative multipolar international […]Read More

India, U.S. Signal Robust Security Ties As Jaishankar Meets Defense

NEW DELHI: “Today’s talks have further solidified our strategic partnership and enlarged our agenda of cooperation,” tweeted External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar after talks with his US counterpart Antony Blinken. Jaishankar said he and Blinken had had a “positive discussion” on issues of bilateral co-operation along with regional and global issues. “We covered the Indo-Pacific […]Read More

Jaishankar’s U.S. Visit: Both Symbolism And Substance

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar continued his “in person” contact with the Biden administration with his long-awaited official visit to the US. The visit which is the first by Jaishankar to the US since President Joe Biden came to power will see a number of key meetings take place. Jaishankar’s first appointment in […]Read More

Understand India’s Stance, Happy With Indians’ Support: Israeli Diplomat

NEW DELHI: The 11-day Israel-Hamas confrontation is winding down with both sides committing to a ceasefire, Israeli diplomats in Delhi warned that the situation could change depending on the “reality on the ground.” Rony Yedidia-Clein, Israel’s deputy chief of mission said while her country “mourned” the death of Palestinian civilians, the world needed to realise […]Read More