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Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.
Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.

India-Pakistan Ties Are Warming—but Don’t Get Excited Just Yet

When sworn enemies with nuclear arms get along better, it’s incredibly significant news.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin

Why Did Modi Push Back on Putin?

India may have signaled a shift in its posture on Russia’s war in Ukraine, but it seeks more quiet support from the West.

Indian Navy officers and attendees gather on the deck of the INS Vikrant
Indian Navy officers and attendees gather on the deck of the INS Vikrant

Why India Needs More Aircraft Carriers

New Delhi just commissioned its first indigenously built major warship. It will need more to challenge Beijing on the high seas.

Former Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi (center) arrives to address a rally against inflation in New Delhi on Sept. 4.
Former Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi (center) arrives to address a rally against inflation in New Delhi on Sept. 4.

India’s Congress Party Is Still in Decline

Veteran politicians are defecting for regional parties or even the ruling BJP, further undermining the country’s democracy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi salutes a guard of honor before addressing the nation in New Delhi on Aug. 15.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi salutes a guard of honor before addressing the nation in New Delhi on Aug. 15.

Modi Is Rewriting India’s National Narrative

The prime minister’s annual Independence Day speech reflected how far political discourse has fallen in New Delhi.

Shipping containers sit in the harbor in Keelung City, Taiwan.
Shipping containers sit in the harbor in Keelung City, Taiwan.

India’s Taiwan Moment

Realities in the Indo-Pacific region have changed, and it’s time for New Delhi to deepen its political ties with Taipei.

Graduates from the Indian Army’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment take part in a parade in Srinagar on Dec. 8, 2018.
Graduates from the Indian Army’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment take part in a parade in Srinagar on Dec. 8, 2018.

It’s Time to Condition Aid to India

The country’s military violates human rights with impunity—and gets a pass in Washington.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of independence at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of independence at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15.

75 Years After Independence, a Changing ‘Idea of India’

India’s liberal founders recede from view as its current leaders craft a new, less tolerant nation.

Fuel station employees and customers stand near fuel pumps under a fuel station sign that reads "Indian Oil."
Fuel station employees and customers stand near fuel pumps under a fuel station sign that reads "Indian Oil."

Why India Can’t Quit Russian Oil

Investments Indian and Russian public sector companies have made in each other’s oil sectors have created an umbilical cord between their energy industries.

Taliban fighters patrol Kabul.
Taliban fighters patrol Kabul.

Afghan Guns Are Arming Regional Insurgents

A flood of arms, including many from former Afghan soldiers, threatens to spark more violence.

Members of the Student Federation of India push against a police barrier during a protest against the government's new Agnipath recruitment plan in Chennai, India, on June 22.
Members of the Student Federation of India push against a police barrier during a protest against the government's new Agnipath recruitment plan in Chennai, India, on June 22.

Has India’s Military Recruitment Plan Backfired?

The Agnipath plan has triggered protests among potential soldiers and criticism from veterans, but it’s not likely to dent Modi’s government.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India’s China Policy Is Confused

Two years after a deadly border clash, New Delhi appears wary of Beijing but unwilling to partner with Washington. These contradictions leave it open to exploitation.

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