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Kabir Taneja

  • Why India will maintain ambiguity over Israel-Gaza situation

    The Indian parliament witnessed a day of ruckus after the government “blocked” a debate in the Rajya Sabha on the Israel-Gaza situation. The reason given to block such a debate during the house’s question and answer hour was that the government did not want “discourteous” reference to any friendly...

    Friday, 18 July 2014 - 12:27pm
  • The curious case of India-UK ties

    Foreign Secretary of Britain William Hague and George Osbourne, the Chancellor of Exchequer, are currently in India to bolster ties between the two countries under the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

    Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 10:49pm
  • Iraq crisis: The realpolitik around the ISIS

    A few days ago, a map apparently released by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) itself, detailing the terror group’s five-year plan started to do the rounds on social media. This yet source-less map shows ISIS’s ambitions of conquering the entire northern Africa, Middle East, Indian sub-...

    Wednesday, 25 June 2014 - 10:08am
  • Narendra Modi's biggest challenge is to rescue trapped Indians in Iraq

    India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, confirmed at a press conference that 40 India construction workers had been kidnapped from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The workers, originating largely from northern India, were reportedly picked up as the ISIS overran...

    Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 10:32am
  • Why Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be worried about the Iraq crisis

    Noted political commentator Ian Bremmer said on Twitter, “Democracy in the Middle East: be careful what you wish for”. Over the past one week, Iraq has been back in the news as it struggles to ward off an all-out offensive by the Sunni terror group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (...

    Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 12:35pm
  • Why did Narendra Modi really invite Pakistan Prime Minister to his oath ceremony?

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony was made into a spectacle after he decided to invite all the members of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and even Mauritius which is not a member. This was an unexpected move by Modi, however, it made sure that his...

    Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 11:49pm
  • The Shinzo Abe–Narendra Modi dynamic reflect growing warmth in the Indo-Japan relationship

    In July 2012, the Indian High Commission in Tokyo was preparing for a highly anticipated visit by the Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi to Japan. Diplomats at the High Commission had prepared economic briefs and other such documents for Modi to familiarise him with the country’s economy,...

    Wednesday, 21 May 2014 - 3:49pm
  • Apart from Narendra Modi's win, Lok Sabha Elections 2014 is also about India rejecting Rahul Gandhi's Congress

    The marathon exercise of conducting the biggest democratic election process in the history of mankind has finally come to an end. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come out as the single biggest majority holder, a situation taking place for the first time since 1984 in an era where coalition...

    Friday, 16 May 2014 - 7:15pm
  • Beyond Pakistan: 6 foreign policy topics the new prime minister needs to address

    Narendra Modi, the man who may as well become India’s next prime minister on May 16, in an interview sometime last year said that foreign policy today is largely about business and trade. He added that foreign policy these days does not mean espionage and other such older, now largely irrelevant...

    Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 7:25pm
  • Why the Indian Railways will be one of the biggest challenges for the next government

    Not everyone expected the current election season to be cordial, dignified or be used as a platform to debate crucial economic reforms that India so desperately needs to hot-wire its economy. In fact, other than some discourse available here and there on news channels, debate over pathways to...

    Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 11:46am