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Back To The Future: Modi, Putin Chart The Way Forward

NEW DELHI: Four hours and a record 28 agreements! President Vladimir Putin’s hurricane working visit to Delhi may have gone a long way in setting at rest frequently voiced doubts about the future of the India Russia relationship. “We needed to correct some of the negative narratives which were created due to the postponement of […]Read More

India & The 1971 War: A Contrary View

NEW DELHI: Fifty years ago, India outfoxed Pakistan and won a 13-day war that resulted in the formation of Bangladesh. That remains a glorious chapter in India’s military history; no doubt about that. Then army chief Gen. Sam Manekshaw’s role in preparing/strategising for the war is part of the military folklore. But a recent book […]Read More

‘India-Russia: Rethinking, Readjusting, Reasserting, Raising Relations’

NEW DELHI: Ambassador P.S. Raghavan, the Former Chairperson of India’s National Security Advisory Board and Ex-Envoy to Russia, Dr Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre and Dr. Anna Kireeva, Associate Professor, Department of Oriental Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations(MGIMO University) in discussion with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. […]Read More

India-Russia: Old Ties, New Gains

NEW DELHI: Monday (December 6) will be a busy day for bilateral engagements between India and Russia. President Vladimir Putin will fly into New Delhi for the 21st India-Russia annual summit and hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His visit last year couldn’t take place due to the pandemic. The last time the two […]Read More

‘Strengthening Delhi-Moscow Ties In A Churning World’

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point‘, Ambassador Kanwal Sibal, Former India Foreign Secretary and Ex-Envoy to Russia and Nandan Unnikrishnan, Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation(ORF) in analysis with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. The panellists discuss President Vladimir Putin making only his second visit abroad since the pandemic for the December 6 […]Read More

When A Chinese Navy Carrier Battle Group Enters The IOR…

NEW DELHI: In about five years from now or even sooner, the Indian Ocean could see the entry of a Chinese naval battle group led by an aircraft carrier (total six to eight ships including a submarine), in an impressive flag showing exercise. Various assessments suggest the battle group could transit the Malacca Straits, make […]Read More

Basil Rajapaksa Discusses Economic Assistance With India

A meeting between Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was scheduled to be held on Thursday has failed to materialise for what government sources indicated were scheduling issues, The Morning has learnt. However, the Minister of Finance did meet India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in New […]Read More

‘The eRupee Is Coming, Bigger And Better’

NEW DELHI: The government is readying legislation that has huge implications for the future of money in this country. The legislation will regulate not ban cryptocurrency, but that’s only a small part of it. More ambitious is the Central Bank Digital Currency that will usher in the “eRupee”. Anil Padmanabhan, former editor of the Mint […]Read More

1971 Genocide In East Pakistan & A Refugee Crisis: India

NEW DELHI: While the world was slow to realise the horrors of the 25–26 March (1971) genocide unleashed by the Pakistani Army in East Pakistan, India was alive to the magnitude of the crisis, since lakhs of refugees started streaming into the bordering states of Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya, putting tremendous strain on […]Read More