Why GoI is suddenly ‘Looking West’, talking to the Taliban & Pakistan

Why GoI is suddenly ‘Looking West’, talking to the Taliban & Pakistan

Talks with Taliban, J&K leaders, thaw with Pakistan are strategic imperatives for the Modi govt. It can’t covet the US as Quad ally in the east & work at counter-purposes with them in the west. Shekhar Gupta Thank you, Mehbooba Mufti, for the cue for this week’s National Interest. As the key Jammu & Kashmir alliance, PAGD, announced its acceptance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation for the all-party meeting in Delhi, she said that India should also talk with Pakistan to find a final solution to the Kashmir issue.…

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Modi’s Kashmir Gamble and Uttar Pradesh Election

Modi’s Kashmir Gamble and Uttar Pradesh Election

India’s Kashmir policy is part external affairs, part home affairs. Depending upon the predilection of the person in power in Delhi, the relative share varies. For example, in Pandit Nehru’s time, when foreign policy used to matter more, it was primarily seen through the prism of international politics. But in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s time, since Hindutva politics is reigning all the way, his Kashmir policy is nothing but an extension of his Hindutva ideological thrust. Behind every move in Kashmir, the Modi government needs to see how it would…

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Modi’s meeting with J&K leaders was nothing but posturing aimed at placating the international community

Modi’s meeting with J&K leaders was nothing but posturing aimed at placating the international community

Arun Srivastava Some of the leaders from Jammu and Kashmir who attended the June 24 meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have already realised that his design, wrapped in the cliché of ‘Naya Kashmir’, was primarily aimed at serving the interest of the international players and also to entrap the Kashmiri leaders. The deliberations at the meeting made it abundantly clear that Modi took utmost pains to conceal his real intentions and has nothing new to offer to the people of the region. As usual, he resorted to obsolete…

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Why was J&K’s statehood removed, Country’s name tarnished globally: Mamata Banerjee

Why was J&K's statehood removed, Country's name tarnished globally: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the Centre over PM Modi’s meeting with J-K political leaders saying the country’s name was tarnished globally when J-K statehood was revoked.“I don’t know what was the need for removing the statehood in the first place. Country’s name was tarnished globally due to that move,” Mamata Banerjee said.She further added that anyone who questions BJP is called an anti-national. PM Modi’s crucial meeting with J-K political partiesA crucial all-party meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and politicians of different parties in…

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‘Refrain from any further illegal steps’: Modi’s Kashmir meet on Pakistan’s radar

'Refrain from any further illegal steps' - Modi's Kashmir meet on Pakistan's radar

The statement came as the Centre invited 14 political leaders from J&K to participate in a meeting to be chaired by PM Modi on June 24, which is expected to set the road map for holding assembly elections. Pakistan said on Saturday that it would oppose any move by India to divide Kashmir and change its demography. Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stated that India must refrain from taking any further illegal steps in Kashmir after its actions of August 5,…

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J&K integral part of India: Centre on Pakistan’s letter to top UN Officials

J&K integral part of India - Centre on Pakistan's letter to top UN Officials

Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and no amount of questioning can change the reality, the Foreign Affairs ministry said today. The assertion came following a letter by the Pakistan foreign minister to two top UN officials alleging a design by New Delhi to change the demographic structure of the region.Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that no amount of justification can make cross-border terrorism acceptable. “The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. No amount of questioning can…

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What Digvijay Singh promised to a Pakistan-origin journalist about Kashmir: Leaked Clubhouse Chats

What Digvijay Singh promised to a Pakistan-origin journalist about Kashmir: Leaked Clubhouse Chats

During a recent conversation with a Pakistani-origin journalist on the Clubhouse app, Congress leader Digvijay Singh stirred the hornet’s nest by hinting at reversing the decision by the Modi government to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken on 5th August 2019 by the Modi government in a bid to fully integrate Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India by revoking the draconian provisions of the article. Shahzeb Jillani, the Pakistani journalist currently residing in Germany, had claimed that he was shocked at the changing…

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Punjab, Haryana farmers head to Delhi border to mark Wed 26 as ‘Black Day’

Farmers from Haryana and Punjab on Sunday, 23 May, left for Delhi borders to mark six months of the Centre passing the controversial farm laws, by observing ‘Black Day’ on Wednesday, 26 May. According to NDTV, farmers from Haryana’s Karnal and Punjab’s Sangur are headed towards Delhi. The farmers’ march to the Singhu border will be led by Bharat Kisan Union (BKU) leader, Gurnam Singh Charuni. Upon reaching, they will perform langar seva for one week, the news channel reported. Farmers have also left the Khanuari border in Sangrur, Punjab,…

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India’s coronavirus crisis pushes up the cost of living and dying

By: Rajendra Jadhav & Saurabh Sharma Ashok Khondare, a 39-year-old vegetable seller in the western Indian city of Pune, had already borrowed money to pay for his sister’s treatment when she died in a private hospital two weeks after contacting COVID-19. While trying to overcome the tragedy, he also had to deal with money problems that increased with his sister’s death. The only available hearse driver charged 5,000 Indian rupees ($68) for a 6-km (four-mile) journey to the nearest crematorium – five times the going rate. When Khondare reached there,…

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India’s Covid Crisis delivers a blow to brand Modi

By Aparna Alluri “Modi leads India out of a lockdown and into a Covid apocalypse,” declared a recent headline in the UK Sunday Times. The Australian newspaper re-published the story with a scathing summary: “Arrogance, hyper-nationalism and bureaucratic incompetence have combined to create a crisis of epic proportions, critics say, as India’s crowd-loving PM basks while citizens literally suffocate.” It earned a rebuke from India, but there’s no denying the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cherished image has taken a bad hit. Stories from India’s punishing second wave have…

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