July 26, 2016 | Quoted by Indrani Bagchi - The Times of India

Playing yesterday’s game: India’s real foreign policy challenges lie in its neighbourhood

The South China Sea is several seas away from us. The NSG membership will happen some time after we (the people and the government) have stopped hyperventilating about it.

Instead, look closer home. India’s immediate neighbourhood remains on its treadmill: furiously running through myriad crises without actually getting anywhere. Can India get beyond firefighting as a foreign policy goal in its backyard?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross writes that Shafi Armar (aka Yusuf al-Hindi), current head of Ansar-ut Tawhid, IS’s South Asian arm, “may have been involved in the early July assault on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka. IS claimed the Dhaka attack while it was still in progress, the first time the group has done so, suggesting that IS may have been aware of the attack before it occurred”.

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