India-Afghanistan relations: India sending medical aid to Afghanistan is a sign of thaw in bilateral relations

News: Recently, India decided to send a consignment of medicines to Afghanistan. The medicines were sent on a return flight of a plane that brought evacuees to India last week. This along with previous initiatives are aimed to improve India-Afghan ties. Read more: Allow unimpeded aid into Afghanistan, say NSAs in Delhi Declaration About Afghanistan… Continue reading India-Afghanistan relations: India sending medical aid to Afghanistan is a sign of thaw in bilateral relations

Iran-Pak Rivalry In Afghanistan Works For India

News: Indian concerns about the repercussions of ISI activities in Afghanistan holds little importance owing to the different interests of the regional powers. Iran, in this context, is important for India as both countries want to resist Pakistan’s domination in Afghanistan. Why there is a conflict between Iran and Pakistan? Both countries chose their intelligence… Continue reading Iran-Pak Rivalry In Afghanistan Works For India

Countries at COP26 launch plan for net-zero shipping lanes

What is the News? The United Kingdom has announced the launch of the Clydebank Declaration on Green Shipping Corridors at the COP26 conference in Glasgow. What is the Clydebank Declaration? The Clydebank Declaration aims to set up green shipping corridors, which are zero-emission maritime routes between 2 (or more) ports. As part of the declaration,… Continue reading Countries at COP26 launch plan for net-zero shipping lanes

How to play the Kabul game?

Synopsis: After the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, India needs to evolve a strategy to secure its interest in the region. Introduction India recently held Delhi regional security dialogue on Afghanistan. It was attended by security chiefs of Russia, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Though Pakistan and China were also invited, they… Continue reading How to play the Kabul game?

Jaishankar urges CICA foreign ministers to ensure Afghan soil not used for supporting terrorism

What is the News? India’s External Affairs Minister has attended the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures(CICA) Ministerial 2021 in Kazakhstan. What is the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures(CICA)? CICA is a multinational forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. The idea of convening CICA was first proposed by… Continue reading Jaishankar urges CICA foreign ministers to ensure Afghan soil not used for supporting terrorism

PM calls on SCO to act against radicalization

What is the News? The annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) was held in Tajikistan’s capital city of Dushanbe. What are the key highlights of the summit? Dushanbe Declaration: At the summit, the countries adopted the Dushanbe Declaration. The declaration called for an inclusive government in Afghanistan, with representatives from all ethnic, religious, and… Continue reading PM calls on SCO to act against radicalization

Prime Minister chairs 13th BRICS Summit

What is the news? Indian PM chaired the 13th BRICS Summit, which was held virtually. The Summit stressed the need to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a staging ground for terrorist attacks against other countries, as well as a sanctuary for terrorists. The BRICS nations also collectively adopted the “New Delhi Declaration“. The theme… Continue reading Prime Minister chairs 13th BRICS Summit

A Taliban-led Afghanistan and the Chinese conundrum

Synopsis: This article explains the impact of US exit from Afghanistan on Pakistan and China. Introduction After postponing the announcement twice, Taliban spokesmen have said that they expect to have a new government in Afghanistan this week. The Taliban announced this after they captured the Afghan capital Kabul more than three weeks ago. The real… Continue reading A Taliban-led Afghanistan and the Chinese conundrum

Noble intentions: About the UNSC resolution on Taliban

Synopsis The UN must ensure that the Taliban uphold human rights and give up terror tactics. Introduction Recently, the UN Security Council, under India’s Presidency, adopted Resolution 2593. The resolution was sponsored by France, UK and USA. Along with 13 other members, India voted in favour of the resolution and amongst permanent ‘members’ Russia and… Continue reading Noble intentions: About the UNSC resolution on Taliban

A Power Cut For India

Source: This post is based on the article “A Power Cut For India” published in The Times of India on 31st August 2021. Relevance: This article explains the link between India’s economic performance and geopolitical developments. Synopsis: The setback in Afghanistan highlights a recent decline in the country’s geopolitical & economic weight. Context India’s external… Continue reading A Power Cut For India

Afghans can enter India now only on e-visas

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The Government of India has said that all Afghan nationals must travel to India only on a special e-Visas issued by the Government of India.  What is the decision taken by the Government of India? The Government of India has cancelled all previously issued visas to Afghan nationals… Continue reading Afghans can enter India now only on e-visas

Fourth evacuation from Kabul since 1992 & The legal challenges in recognising the Taliban

Source: The Hindu(Article 1, Article2, Article 3, Article 4, and Article 5) and The Indian Express Relevance: This article explains the recent developments in Afghanistan. Synopsis: After the rise of the Taliban, Countries around the globe are in dilemma over recognizing the Taliban. Introduction Recognition of governments under international law is vital for several reasons.… Continue reading Fourth evacuation from Kabul since 1992 & The legal challenges in recognising the Taliban

Union Minister launches Arogya Dhara 2.0 to increase reach of Ayushman Bharat

Source: Business Standard What is the News? The Union Health Minister has launched Arogya Dhara 2.0 to celebrate the 2 Crore hospital admissions under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY). Read more: Ayushman Bharat-Jan Arogya Yojana (JAY) About Arogya Dhara 2.0: The key objective of the event is to spread the achievement… Continue reading Union Minister launches Arogya Dhara 2.0 to increase reach of Ayushman Bharat

History over geography

Source: The Hindu, Indian Express and Business Standard  Relevance: This article explains the recent developments in Afghanistan. Synopsis: The geopolitics that happened in Afghanistan provided a new strategic boost. This is the best chance for India to focus on maritime power and opportunity rather than overland threats Background Please read the following two articles for a better understanding.… Continue reading History over geography

New Delhi’s Af-Pak: Old friends versus old foes: Should India accept Taliban, betray Afghans or support resistance movements like Saleh’s?

Source: Times of India (Article 1, Article 2) Syllabus: GS – 2:  India and its neighbourhood- relations. Relevance: This article explains the recent developments in Afghanistan. Synopsis: About the development of the Taliban 1.0 and Taliban 2.0 Introduction: Please read the following two articles for a better understanding. The script of the new endgame in Afghanistan… Continue reading New Delhi’s Af-Pak: Old friends versus old foes: Should India accept Taliban, betray Afghans or support resistance movements like Saleh’s?

The script of the new endgame in Afghanistan

Source: The Hindu, Indian Express, Times of India, Livemint and The Economic Times Relevance: This article explains the recent developments in Afghanistan. Synopsis: Taliban will have to show moderation if they wish to be accepted as a member of the global community. Introduction The U.S. forces vacated the Bagram airbase (near Kabul) on July 2.… Continue reading The script of the new endgame in Afghanistan

As Taliban makes a rapid military advance through Afghanistan, India too must brace itself for the consequences

Source: Indian Express (Article 1), Article 2) and Times of India Relevance: This article explains the recent development in Afghanistan Synopsis: The Taliban have seized Kabul. Now, India should be a first responder in the current crisis for humanitarian and longer-term political reasons. Introduction: The Taliban first stormed to power in 1996, with an open demonstration… Continue reading As Taliban makes a rapid military advance through Afghanistan, India too must brace itself for the consequences

The importance of the Gulf in shaping the geopolitics of Afghanistan

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Understanding the Afghan issue from a regional perspective. Synopsis: Importance of the Gulf countries in shaping the geopolitics of Afghanistan. Background The Taliban has been making rapid advances across Afghanistan by resorting to widespread violence since the US began withdrawing its troops from the country on May 1. The US has… Continue reading The importance of the Gulf in shaping the geopolitics of Afghanistan

Needed, a more unified Asian voice for Afghanistan

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Central Asia’s role in dealing with the situation in Afghanistan and how India can play its part. Synopsis: In order to emerge as a key player in the post-US Afghanistan, India needs to collaborate actively with Central Asian republics. India has been left out Events of the past few years, and… Continue reading Needed, a more unified Asian voice for Afghanistan