From Russian oil to human rights: Three times Jaishankar hit West, US out of the park

New Delhi, Apr 14: When one says India’s foreign policy the thought goes straight to External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar. His comebacks at the West have been particularly strong following the military action that Russia launched in Ukraine.

India’s stand on the issue is that it was immediate cessation of hostilities apart from wanting Russia and Ukraine to engage in peace talks.

The West and the United have been pressurising India not to purchase Russian oil. Jaishankar has at least on two occasions explained the logic behind the move while also making it clear that for him India’s interests are above anything.

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As India ramps up evacuation unabated, UK, US turn their backs on their nationals

New Delhi, Feb 28: India is on a war-footing to evacuate its nationals from Ukraine. Since the outbreak of war, India has opened all diplomatic channels to ensure that it is able to evacuate all its nationals from Ukraine.

Following the Russian military offensive against Ukraine, India has brought back a total of 907 stranded citizens from that country since Saturday when the first evacuation flight from Bucharest with 219 people on board landed in Mumbai under Operation Ganga.

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Why US engaging with Pakistan on Afghanistan is a cause of worry for India

New Delhi, Oct 04: India has been keeping a close watch on the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over. At an event in Washington, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar pointed out that there were tactical compromises the US may be making in Afghanistan and Pakistan via the Taliban.

With the Afghanistan situation remaining very fragile, there is a good chance that the US may re-engage with Pakistan. It is a well known fact that Pakistan has meddled immensely in Afghanistan.

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Why the rise of Sikh separatism in the United States needs to be flagged harder 

New Delhi, Sep 15: The Indian security agencies have repeatedly stated that the Khalistan terrorists backed by the ISI would look to make a comeback. While the terror modules within the country are largely under control, the worry is the rise of Sikh separatism.

For several years now, groups backing the Khalistan movement have operated in the United States, Canada and London. The Sikhs for Justice in particular is a notorious outfit led by proscribed terrorist, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. He was declared as an individual terrorist under the UAPA from promoting secessionism and encouraging Sikh youth to take up arms.

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India third largest military spender globally behind US, China

New Delhi, Apr 27: India is the third highest military spender behind the United States and China, according to the latest military expenditure database prepared by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

It said that the US accounted for 39 per cent of the money spent on military globally, followed by China at 13 per cent and India at 3.7 per cent. In 2020, the US spent USD 778 billion. China spent USD 252 billion and India USD 72.9 billion, the report also said.

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India reaches out to US for probe against SJF

New Delhi, Feb 04: India has reached out to the United States in connection with the probe against the Khalistan backed Sikhs for Justice.

Any protest must be seen in context of India’s polity and ongoing efforts of government and concerned farmers’ groups to resolve impasse, the MEA also said.

Earlier, National Security Advisor met with Union Home Minister, Amit Shah amidst the farmer protests and the propaganda by few foreign personalities.

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Ahead of Aero-India, US underscores importance of defence partnership with India

New Delhi, Feb 02: At Aero India this year, the B-1 Lancer one of the premier aircraft of the United States will be part of the aerial demonstration.

This is for the first time that a B-1 has participated in Aero India, Don Heflin, Chargé D’ Affaires at U.S. Embassy New Delhi said at a news conference today. 

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In a move that could upset US, China seals pact with EU

New Delhi, Dec 31: The European Union leaders and the Chinese sealed a landmark pact which would make it easier for their companies to invest in each other. President of China, Xi Jinping had earlier this month intervened to extend key market access concessions to businesses under the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment.

It was the persuasion by Xi that that made the European Union accede to the pact. Brussels expects to open up lucrative opportunities for its businesses. 

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In a sting to China, US Congress says only Tibetans have right to choose successor to Dalai Lama

New Delhi, Dec 22: A bill that re-affirms the right of Tibetans to choose a successor to the Dalai Lama was passed by the US Congress.

The Tibetan Police and Support Act of 2020 which was passed by the US Senate calls for the establishment of a US Consulate in Tibet’s main city of Lhasa. It also underlines the right of the Tibetans to choose a successor to the Dalai Lama. 

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BECA to MISTA: How India, US are enhancing maritime intel sharing on the high seas

New Delhi, Dec 07: Thanks a recently concluded pact, India and the United States are gearing up to actively share maritime military intelligence.

Called the Maritime Information Sharing Technical Arrangement (MISTA), the bilateral pact lays down protocols for the exchange of intelligence in real time. This would significantly enhance the level of cooperation. 

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