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Kanwal Sibal

Kanwal Sibal

Former Foreign Secretarykanwal.sibal@email.com
Former Foreign Secretary

By Kanwal Sibal

Why China cannot limit the Indo-US bonhomie

China would be foolish to think that it can place limits on India-US ties by creating border tensions intermittently as a dissuasive strategy.

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Why we need to be pragmatic with China

The stakes are huge in terms of national security and economic choices India must now make with greater clarity and realism than before.

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Why we need to guard India against China's proxies

China's proxies are propagating the absurd proposition that a package deal on the border would include India remaining neutral on US-China issues.

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Why our China policy needs a review

The existing structures of India-China ties are not working and give China the latitude to disrupt them when it wants.

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China must pay for its actions

China must be put in its place and now is the chance to do it.

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India is no country for Islamophobia

Without being secular themselves, Muslim leaders in the country constantly take shelter behind the secular Indian constitution to disgorge their communal bile.

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India has tackled coronavirus well

India's stature and Modi's leadership will get an enormous boost if India defeats this Wuhan virus with least damage.

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China and the Wuhan virus

Chinese ambassadors abroad have abandoned diplomatic decency by abusing and threatening those who dare associate the virus with China by name.

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Why the world should not meddle in India's internal affairs

The government has to fight on two fronts — against the internal lobbies ranged against it and the external lobbies as well, with both in symbiosis.

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How Trump handed over Afghanistan to the Taliban

Donald Trump admitted publicly that the Taliban could well take over power in Afghanistan, arguing that the United States cannot be there for another 20 years.

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Why Donald Trump delivered a masterful address at Motera

The US President’s speech struck all the right notes about Modi’s leadership and India’s achievements under him.

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How the outbreak of coronavirus will hit the global business hard

Given China’s massive global economic footprint, the impact of the epidemic is beginning to be felt, without a crisis point being reached as yet.

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Where is the objectivity in The Economist's editorial on ‘Intolerant India’?

While the magazine sweepingly declares that Modi is determined “to transform India from a tolerant, multi-religious place into a chauvinist Hindu state”, it does not explain how India will cease to be multi-religious.

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How India is looking to revive ties with Brazil

Bolsonaro’s visit marks both a re-affirmation and a consolidation of India-Brazil ties after the high point reached in the relationship under President Lula and the slowdown in momentum under his successor Dilma Roussef.

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Fears over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act are unfounded

The huge hullabaloo over the CAA is difficult to understand unless it is a cynical campaign to rouse communal passions under the garb of protecting the secular nature of the Constitution.

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NRC-CAA: Indian journalists malign Modi govt in foreign publications

The western publications excel in India-baiting, with generous contributions on false narratives by Indian journalists and writers.

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We cannot foster false narratives that degrade India's image

The unrestrained wrong impressions perpetrated by the media, political commentators and academia are making mountains of mole-sized problems in India.

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India and Sri Lanka need a fresh start in diplomacy

With the Rajapaksa brothers in power as President and Prime Minister, India has its diplomatic challenges worked out.

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The Fine Print On Kartarpur

Has Pakistan decided to abandon its revanchist policies against India?

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Why the visit of European Union MPs to Kashmir makes for good optics

The EU delegation will see for itself that any talk of genocide in the Valley is nonsense.

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How India needs to handle Donald Trump

A president who declares himself as a 'stable genius' and makes foreign policy based on instincts cannot be tackled easily.

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Why India shuffled the Quad deck

Our issues with China are much graver on land than on the sea, where the Quad or the Indo-Pacific concept may not render us the support needed.

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How Modi's Houston gala will prove to be game changer

Modi’s masterstroke at the event was the manner in which he raised the Article 370 issue.

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How UK is pushing Pakistan’s agenda on Kashmir

Britain lecturing India on respecting internationally recognised human rights shows the former’s disrespect for India’s democracy.

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With domestic critics, anti-national elements and a highly critical West, India will have a tough time defining the J&K narrative

The external and internal dimensions of the revocation of Article 370 need to be analyzed in order to claim the J&K narrative.

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Article 370 is out, Kashmir is in: Why all eyes are now on Pakistan

Pakistan can ignore China’s conduct against Uighurs in Xinjiang. But it has already opposed India's decision.

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Imran meets Trump: Why Pakistan and US’ strategy on Afghanistan could hit India hard

As US is trying to negotiate a deal with Taliban and forsake Afghanistan’s elected government, India’s position is to keep the legitimate Afghan government intact.

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Why Pakistan’s reactions to ICJ judgment are hallucinations

The ball remains in Pakistan’s court, and its leaders may still score self-goals by persevering in their costly course in Jadhav’s case.

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Decoding Modi’s strategy at the G20 Summit: India takes a strong stand on fugitive economic offenders and terror financing

Not only did India not join the ‘Osaka Track’ on free data flow, we even boldly stood up against terror financing and economic offenders who are living in a safe haven.

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‘Naya’ Pakistan is only a chimera

Pakistan’s strategy — as in the past — is to deflect international pressure by taking token action against terrorist groups, and then go back to business once the heat wears off.

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