EAM Jaishankar meets U.S. officials, lawmakers in Washington

May 28, 2021 0 Comments

Conveyed appreciation for U.S. solidarity in addressing the Covid challenge, the Minister says. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has had a hectic day and a half in Washington DC, where he met government officials, including National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) ambassador Katherine Tai, lawmakers, and the private sector. Mr. …

Will the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas change anything in the long term?

May 21, 2021 0 Comments

While details are sketchy, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire. That is good news for everyone involved. The dying can hopefully end and further destruction be avoided – at least for now. Both sides can also claim victory. Hamas can claim to have defended the interests of Palestinians in Jerusalem in contrast to …

Israel-Palestine conflict: Are we witnessing the early stages of a third intifada?

May 18, 2021 0 Comments

What is next in the latest West Asia convulsion? Will a ceasefire between the Hamas militant group in Gaza and Israel be brokered by Arab mediators in coordination with western powers, or will the situation continue to deteriorate? Are we witnessing the beginning of an intensifying conflict in which Israelis find themselves enveloped in a …

Biden Backtracks on 15,000 Refugee Admissions Amid Criticism, Says Increased Cap by May 15

April 17, 2021 0 Comments

President Joe Biden announced earlier on Friday that he would limit the refugee admissions this year to 15,000 – a cap previously set by the Trump administration. But after receiving criticism from human rights advocates and some Democratic lawmakers, the president changed course that same day. The White House issued a follow-up statement indicating that …

A Chance Meeting And a No-meeting for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Delhi

April 7, 2021 0 Comments

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s short visit to India had a missing element. He did not call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as per norm. The reason ostensibly was that the PM was not in town. Modi was busy campaigning for the West Bengal elections in Howrah, as Lavrov met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar …

Missed opportunity: What the debate about Amanda Gorman’s translators is really about

March 20, 2021 0 Comments

Translation is the territory of paradox. One of the central paradoxes, and one which runs through popular views of translation as much as it has occupied translation theorists, is the notion that a good translation is one where the reader cannot tell that it is a translation. In other words, a translation proves its worth, …