Nepal does a China, and Hou!

Days after China blocked access to Indian newspapers and television channels to deny its citizens of credible news from across the border, China’s vassal Nepal decided to please its master but it did not have the courage to do it openly. So, instead of announcing a government ban on Indian media, the Nepal government nudged its cable TV operators to do so on its behalf. Effective Thursday, all Indian television channels save state-owned Doordarshan have…

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Citizenship law: Are Indian Muslims tilting at windmills?

India is going through a peculiar situation. Days after President Ramnath Kovind signed off on the amended law that offers citizenship to the persecuted minorities of three neighbouring countries – Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan – Muslims across the country are demanding the law should not be implemented. Reason? Foreign Muslims illegally entering India are not guaranteed automatic citizenship under the amended law. When amendments to the citizenship law were passed by both Houses of Parliament…

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Iran: What’s Trump’s game plan?

Clouds of war are hovering over West Asia with the US and Iran hardening their stance. While tensions between the two countries have risen sharply ever since Donald Trump became the US President, the latest impasse was triggered by Iran’s threat that it would stop respecting an international deal it signed in 2015 agreeing to restrict its nuclear pursuits unless its demands are met within two months. Iran wants an end to the US sanctions,…

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Why Italy and India swapped year for hosting G20 summit

Italy was supposed to host the G20 summit only in 2022 but it would now host the group of 20 meeting a year earlier, in 2021. Likewise, India was to be the host of the world leaders’ annual meet in 2021. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would do it a year later, in 2022, instead. India gained freedom from the British colonial rule in 1947 and year 2022 would mark 75 years…

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Why Pakistan doesn’t bother India

Donald Trump’s New Year gamble seems to be paying off. A day after the US President accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit” and “fooling America” in its commitment to fighting terrorism, events unfolded on Tuesday exactly as the net assessment forecast. A baffled Pakistan first tried to shrug off Trump’s devastating tweet as a non-issue, then questioned the US questioning and finally panicked being forced to knock at the doors of China. And China, exactly as expected, jumped to the rescue of its beleaguered neighbour saying the latter has done enough to wipe out terrorism from its soil and neighbourhood!

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Diplomatic News Turns Five!

Dear readers, Diplomatic News – India (www.diplomaticnews.in) was launched on January 1, 2011 to capture the diplomatic, geo-political, strategic developments around the world that have a direct bearing on India. As Diplomatic News turns five, we are in the process of creating a panel of writers from various countries. If you are interested, let us know and we can brainstorm some exciting story ideas. Sincerely, Editor editor@diplomaticnews.in

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Pakistan’s dangerous game in India

The recent terrorist attacks in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), India’s northern states bordering Pakistan, have once again exposed military-ruled Pakistan’s nasty game in the region. At Gurdaspur in Punjab, three terrorists killed seven people – three unarmed civilians and four policemen, including a superintendent of police – and attacked a police station, before getting themselves killed by Indian forces following a 12-hour gun battle. At Udhampur in J&K, two Pakistani terrorists attacked a…

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Dilma’s Dilemma

Having won the tightly-contested the Presidential election, albeit by a narrow margin, Dilma Rousseff has her task cut out. In her second term as Brazilian president, Dilma has the tough job of perking up the country’s stagnant economy in her four-year term. Acknowledging the challenge ahead, Dilma said she should take measures to combat inflation as well as boost industrial output. “I will promote actions in the economy to resume our growth speed and ensure…

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Will Israel flare up Syria conflict?

Keeping in line with its policy on such incidents, Israel has chosen to “neither confirm nor deny” its role in the bombing of the neighbouring Syrian capital. According to media reports, Israel did a ‘pre-emptive’ strike on Syrian army facilities in the capital city of Damascus on Sunday. Israeli sources reportedly said that Iranian weapons bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon were the target. Media reports quoted a senior Israeli official as saying the airstrikes targeted…

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