Achal Malhotra

Achal Malhotra

The author is Former Diplomat and Foreign Policy Commentator

Opinions/Stories

Opinion | Israel-Palestine: Where is the conflict heading?

Regrettably, the UN, which has a poor track record in resolving global conflicts, looks toothless once again in bringing the situation under control

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Opinion: Biden's recognition of Armenian genocide reflects dispensability of Turkey

Turkey’s response has been on the predicted lines. President Erdogan accused President Biden of yielding to political pressure from “radical Armenian circles and anti-Turkey groups” and asked him…

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Opinion: US Navy intrusion in Indian EEZ is beyond comprehension but objectionable

As two sovereign countries, India and the USA have the legitimate right to differ with each other on any given matter. However, the irresponsible and amateurish manner in which the US Navy decided…

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Opinion: What options does India have amid political instability in Nepal?

The failure of the Chinese delegation should be viewed as a setback for China and a personal humiliation for Guo Yezhou who had played an important role in the unification of the two left parties…

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Opinion: US snubs anti-India lobbies, but larger issues remain to be addressed

US State Department refused to designate India as a 'country of particular concern', a positive step indeed. However, there are larger issues in the given context

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Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Where does India stand?

India has every reason not to support  Azerbaijan which has built its case on the basis of territorial integrity. Azerbaijan has shown scant regard for India’s territorial integrity violated by…

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Sri Lanka: Ban on cow slaughter may deepen Buddhist-Muslim divide

A certain degree of  Islamophobia is discernible in Sri Lanka. The Buddhists’ have been adversely commenting on the Islamic religious and cultural traditions such as wearing a Burka (Veil) by…

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Afghanistan's peace process: India’s position and dilemma  

It remains to be seen as to what strategy India would eventually adopt to ensure its strong foothold in Afghanistan, as well as, to secure its security interests. 

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USCIRF’s futile attempt to damage India’s secular credentials

India's Constitution is explicit and unambiguous in guaranteeing its citizens the freedom not only to pursue but also preach the religion of their choice.

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US-Taliban peace deal: Recent developments in Afghanistan a matter of concern to India

India enjoys significant goodwill amongst Afghanis but has little leverage to influence the situation in that country to its advantage.

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Iran-US conflict: Worst is over, but core issues remain unresolved

The situation poses a challenge for the foreign policy of India which on the one hand has a strategic partnership with the US and long civilisational links with Iran on the other hand.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill: Avoidable controversy?

The government of India has suitably and justifiably snubbed those in the West who have criticised the Citizenship Amendment Bill

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Kashmir issue: The Labour Party of UK offends India yet again

The Labour Party must realise that it has no legal or moral right to comment upon issues which are internal to India

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Change of regime in Sri Lanka: Implications for India-Lanka relations

The sceptical question being asked is: Will Sri Lanka go the China-way once again, and do so at India’s cost?

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