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Manmohan Singh’s Foreign Policy Legacy

With the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which ended last Sunday, the curtain is coming down on Part II of the Manmohan Singh era (2009-2014) in India’s foreign policy... There can be no two opinions that Manmohan Singh has been an unabashedly «pro-American» prime minister who chose to view Indian foreign-policy directions at any given time on any conceivable issue paramountly through the prism of the country’s relations with the United States... Today the Manmohan Singh government has entered the «lame duck» period. An era is ending in Indian politics and another is struggling to be born...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 30.01.2014


 

Reality Check for US’ Indian Partner

What happened in the US-Indian diplomatic row over the arrest and detention of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York and her return to Delhi last week is fairly straightforward: the US intelligence made a concerted attempt to “recruit” an Indian career diplomat, and Delhi successfully thwarted it... The Khobragade case provides a reality check. Even the fat cats who serve as American lobbyists in Delhi should be realizing that they don’t call the shots, after all, when it comes to national security issues. This is one good thing. But more fundamentally, the state of play in the US-Indian relations stands exposed. The Delhi elites didn’t want to hear about the ex-CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s startling disclosures that India, especially its diplomats in the US, has been a prime target for the Americans. But the downstream developments can no longer be wished away...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 14.01.2014


 

Limits of Globalization and BRICS Economic Cooperation

...The very coming into existence of BRICS (initially the triangle of Russia - India - China) goes back to the well-known event when then Russian Prime Minister Evgeny Primakov turned the plane around in 1999 as he was flying to the United States for a visit at the very time NATO started to bomb Yugoslavia. There was a feeling the time was right to set limits for globalization in politics (the way it was implemented by the West by the end of the XX century) as its economic aspects were coming under harsh criticism after the crises of 1997-1998...

Alexander SALITZKI | 14.01.2014


 

A maid rattles US – India ties

A first rate diplomatic row has erupted over the heavy-handed arrest and detention of India’s deputy consul-general in New York Devyani Khobragade a fortnight ago by the US authorities. The charge against her is that she willfully committed a visa fraud by submitting a visa application for her domestic help Sangeeta Richard, which allegedly contained false and inaccurate statements. The Indian diplomat was arrested on a public street in Manhattan, New York, on December 12 morning, held in a cell and was released on bail after executing a bond of quarter of a million dollars and surrendering her diplomatic passport. The case has been slated for hearing in the US court in mid-January...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 30.12.2013


 

The Obama Sanction: The Politicization of Diplomacy

...On December 12, Devyani Khobragade, the deputy Indian consul general and advisor to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nation, was arrested by law enforcement officials in New York. The arrest was in violation of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations. Khobragade was criminally charged by the chief federal prosecutor in New York with committing U.S. visa fraud to hire an underpaid domestic servant. The 39-year old Indian diplomat was stripped naked, subjected to an invasive body cavity search, and jailed before posting bail... Barack Obama has done nothing to change America’s bellicosity toward diplomats, especially those of color. Obama is merely a congenial face of color that hides America’s true nature: a nation that condones racism along with an ever-looming threat of a jackboot and strip-search...

Wayne MADSEN | 27.12.2013


 

India, Pakistan Get Rare Chance to Ignore US

The meeting of the Director-General of Military Operations [DGMO] of India and Pakistan, which is due to take place on Tuesday at the GHQ in Rawalpindi, becomes a rare event in the chronicle of the fractured relationship between the two countries. Possibly, such an exchange between the two militaries is taking place for the first time since the then Indian DGMO Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar visited Pakistan in 1991. Gen. Nambiar is a gifted soldier-diplomat and the visit went exceedingly well. His Pakistani hosts even took him and his delegation, in an exceptional gesture, to the Khyber Pass to peep into the tangled world of Afghanistan…

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 21.12.2013


 

India interested in signing agreement on free trade zone with Customs Union

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Russia to Develop Nuclear Energy in BRICS Countries

Recent news on Fukushima leaks once again sparks public concern about nuclear security. System failure of Fukushima’s reactor built by Westinghouse-Toshiba (US-Japan) did a lot of harm to the image of atomic industry as a safe and stable energy source. Russia on its part lays stress on disaster prevention and safety issues. Russia’s state company Rosatom is ready to offer innovative nuclear solutions to fellow BRICS countries...

Igor ALEXEEV | 28.08.2013


 

US Drones and Destabilized Pakistan

John Kerry arrived in Pakistan the day after Mamnoon Hussain was elected the new President of the country. Just a few hours before that, the jail building in Dera Ismail Khan  (located in the tribes area, in the North-West of Pakistan) was captured by Pakistani Taliban. The State Secretary came to meet Prime Minister Navaz Sharif, acting President Asif Zardari (Mamnoon Hussein was to take office on August 9) and top military leaders. There was a wide range of issues on the agenda, including the thorniest one which has deteriorated the relationship with Washington – the incessant operations of drones in Pakistan (that is exactly what makes Pakistan the leader among nations with strong anti-US sentiments)…     

Dmitriy SEDOV | 08.08.2013


 

Pakistan Post Election

The general elections that took place in May 2013 in Pakistan’s Lower House of Parliament – the National Assembly – and in the provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly the North-West Frontier Province) has introduced certain changes into the life of this large Asian nation with a population of nearly 200 million, a nation with nuclear weapons that occupies a crucially important geopolitical position in South Eurasia... 

Sergey KAMENEV, Svetlana MINASENKO | 04.08.2013




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After Geneva Talks: Federalization as Last Chance to Save Ukraine

Demonstrators were being shot at in the port city of Mariupol as a quadripartite meeting between representatives of Russia, the US the EU and Ukraine on settling the internal political crisis in Ukraine proceeded in Geneva. That’s why the final statement which envisions de-escalation of the situation is an undisputed success. Will the Ukraine’s interim government carry out its obligations?.. If Kiev goes on imposing its will, the state of Ukraine will collapse with its territory divided between other states. It will lead to the destruction of the post-war international security system based on the United Nations Charter and the Helsinki Final Act. It all has special importance for Europe, the continent with a plethora of disputed territories and re-shaped boundaries...

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