Jayanth Jacob

Jayanth Jacob

Jayanth Jacob writes on foreign policy and politics for Hindustan Times.

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The electoral defeat of Abdulla Yameen in Maldives on Monday brought a sigh of relief for India. For, all that could have gone wrong between two countries, had gone wrong under Yameen’s presidency.(Reuters Photo)
The electoral defeat of Abdulla Yameen in Maldives on Monday brought a sigh of relief for India. For, all that could have gone wrong between two countries, had gone wrong under Yameen’s presidency.(Reuters Photo)

Why Abdulla Yameen’s ouster is good news for India

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 02:35 AM IST
Maldives has become a showpiece of mega projects-driven Chinese foreign policy as well as an important player in President Xi Jinping’s marquee one-road-one-belt project.
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Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives on September 24, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives on September 24, 2018.(Reuters Photo)

India hails ‘triumph of democracy’ in Maldives election result

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2018 12:02 AM IST
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s victory could possibly bring to an end the months-long strain in ties between India and Yameen, whose handling of institutions and closeness to Beijing didn’t go down well with New Delhi.
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India plans to complete Gaganyaan, the country’s first manned space mission, in the next four years in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statements in his Independence Day speech.(PTI File Photo)
India plans to complete Gaganyaan, the country’s first manned space mission, in the next four years in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statements in his Independence Day speech.(PTI File Photo)

India seeks Russia’s help for Gaganyaan mission to put man in space by 2022

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2018 07:27 AM IST
If India’s Gaganyaan mission succeeds, it will be the fourth country in the world to launch a manned space mission after Russia, the US and China.
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Sushma Swaraj will leave for New York on September 24. She and Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi are heading the delegations of their countries to the UN General Assembly.(HT File Photo)
Sushma Swaraj will leave for New York on September 24. She and Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi are heading the delegations of their countries to the UN General Assembly.(HT File Photo)

Sushma Swaraj to meet Pakistan foreign minister in New York later this month

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 12:00 AM IST
The meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be the first such high-level contact between the two sides since India snapped all formal talks with Pakistan following the terror attack on Pathankot airbase in 2016.
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Newly elected parliamentarian Imran Khan (left) takes the oath of office with Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on August 13, 2018.(AP)
Newly elected parliamentarian Imran Khan (left) takes the oath of office with Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on August 13, 2018.(AP)

After Pak PM’s letter, Govt says foreign ministers to meet in New York

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 05:30 PM IST
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will be in New York to attend the SAARC foreign ministers lunch on September 27 where her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also present.
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The project was discussed at a meeting between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
The project was discussed at a meeting between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Joint Indo-China project to train Afghan envoys to begin in October

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2018 11:21 PM IST
India and China had agreed to train diplomats from Afghanistan during Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping’s informal summit in China’s Wuhan in April.
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Punjab minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu waves as he crosses the border to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan, at Attari-Wagah border in Attari.(PTI File Photo)
Punjab minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu waves as he crosses the border to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan, at Attari-Wagah border in Attari.(PTI File Photo)

Sushma Swaraj pulls up Navjot Singh Sidhu for ‘his conduct’ in Pakistan

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 08:00 AM IST
Sushma Swaraj pointed out that Navjot Singh Sidhu’s statements on Sikh pilgrimage and the Kartarpur corridor “unnecessarily politicised”, sources said.
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Senior officials of all seven countries of the Bay of Bengal Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) will meet in Bangkok from Monday to discuss an ambitious rail, road, port and air connectivity master plan.(PTI File Photo)
Senior officials of all seven countries of the Bay of Bengal Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) will meet in Bangkok from Monday to discuss an ambitious rail, road, port and air connectivity master plan.(PTI File Photo)

Bimstec to launch ambitious land, air, sea transport plan

By Moushumi Das Gupta & Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2018 08:50 AM IST
The draft connectivity master plan has been arrived at after over a decade of discussions at various levels.
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The Parliament building in New Delhi.(Bloomberg)
The Parliament building in New Delhi.(Bloomberg)

Parliament panel hails govt’s handling of Doklam standoff

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2018 11:50 PM IST
The report includes submissions by senior government officials to the panel, which emphasised that the standoff in Dolkam was clearly the result of “an effort to compromise our security.”
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Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Sushma Swaraj to meet Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in US for SAARC lunch, no formal talks yet

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2018 11:30 PM IST
Though ties between India and Pakistan remain strained, analysts say that the lunch will provide at least a photo-op, and perhaps the exchange of pleasantries even if a meeting or a so-called pull-aside did not materialise between the two foreign ministers.
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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the joint press conference after the India-US 2+2 Dialogue, in New Delhi on Thursday, Sept 6, 2018.(PTI Photo)
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the joint press conference after the India-US 2+2 Dialogue, in New Delhi on Thursday, Sept 6, 2018.(PTI Photo)

US expects India to reduce oil imports from Iran to zero by November

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2018 08:13 AM IST
The US has said that countries need to reduce the import of oil from Iran to zero, though they “would consider waivers” and from the sanctions that are planned to begin on November 4
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PM Narendra Modi with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
PM Narendra Modi with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

India, US ink key defence pact, deepen strategic trust

By Jayanth Jacob and Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2018 11:10 PM IST
The Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (Comcasa) was signed by India and the United States on Thursday at the inaugural two-plus-two dialogue between their foreign and defence ministers.
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US secretary of state Mike Pompeo shakes hands with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj before the start of their meeting in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo shakes hands with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj before the start of their meeting in New Delhi.(REUTERS)

US asks Pakistan to act against culprits of Uri, Pathankot, Mumbai attacks

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 10:44 PM IST
In the two-plus-two dialogue between the India and US, the two countries also decided to increase information-sharing efforts on known or suspected terrorists.
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External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj greets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his arrival at Palam Airforce Station, to attend first ever '2+2 Dialogue' between the two nations, in New Delhi on September 5.(AP Photo)
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj greets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his arrival at Palam Airforce Station, to attend first ever '2+2 Dialogue' between the two nations, in New Delhi on September 5.(AP Photo)

US-India 2+2 talks: A platform that reviews the entire range of bilateral relationship

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 07:20 AM IST
The two plus two is a high level dialogue mechanism between the foreign ministers, defence ministries of the two countries that befits their strategic partnership.
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US President Donald Trump (right) greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)
US President Donald Trump (right) greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)

Ahead of 2+2 talks, India hopes US takes lenient view of Russia arms deal, Iran oil imports

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 07:46 AM IST
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will discuss collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region and other issues with US secretary of state, Mike R Pompeo and defence secretary James Mattis.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli at a meeting on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu on Friday, August 31, 2018.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli at a meeting on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu on Friday, August 31, 2018.(PTI)

In win for India, BIMSTEC calls for crackdown on terror

By Jayanth Jacob and Anil Giri | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2018 11:03 PM IST
Though no country was named as a supporter of cross-border terrorism, the declaration buttressed New Delhi’s stance on the threat of terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
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Prime Minister Narendra and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli at the inauguration of Pashupati Nath Dharamshala at Tilganga in Kathmandu on Friday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli at the inauguration of Pashupati Nath Dharamshala at Tilganga in Kathmandu on Friday.(PTI)

India, Nepal ink MoU for survey of key rail link

By Jayanth Jacob and Anil Giri | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 11:39 PM IST
The MoU for preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey of a broad gauge line between Raxaul and Kathmandu was signed on the margins of Bimstec Summit in Kathmandu by Indian ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri and secretary of Nepal’s physical infrastructure and transportation ministry, Madhusudan Adhikari.
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Since it was founded, the grouping has had just three summits, in 2004, 2008 and 2014, and the member states are looking at their heads of state or government meeting more frequently.(AP)
Since it was founded, the grouping has had just three summits, in 2004, 2008 and 2014, and the member states are looking at their heads of state or government meeting more frequently.(AP)

Kathmandu declaration will aim to sharpen focus

By Jayanth Jacob and Anil Giri | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 12:34 AM IST
The Kathmandu declaration will narrow down the focus to connectivity, trade, counter-terrorism, livelihood issues and disaster management, the officials said.
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PM Narendra Modi’s views were echoed by other leaders of the 21-year-old grouping of seven states that accounts for 22% of the world population, with the chair of the summit, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, saying that “connectivity is key for robust regional cooperation”.(PTI)
PM Narendra Modi’s views were echoed by other leaders of the 21-year-old grouping of seven states that accounts for 22% of the world population, with the chair of the summit, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, saying that “connectivity is key for robust regional cooperation”.(PTI)

PM Narendra Modi stresses on regional connectivity at Bimstec summit

By Jayanth Jacob and Anil Giri | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 09:45 PM IST
Bimstec leaders agreed to enhance counter-terror cooperation and to hold a meeting of their home ministers to discuss related issues.
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Nepal Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel received PM Narendra Modi at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.(MEA/Twitter)
Nepal Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel received PM Narendra Modi at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.(MEA/Twitter)

PM Modi arrives in Kathmandu for BIMSTEC Summit

By Jayanth Jacob and Anil Giri | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 02:17 PM IST
PM Narendra Modi is expected to meet Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena and Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of the summit on Thursday.
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Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.(Getty Images)
Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.(Getty Images)

Access to Bay of Bengal region is key, says Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali

By Jayanth Jacob and Anil Giri | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2018 07:22 AM IST
In an interview to HT, Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said he doesn’t see Bimstec and Saarc as rival groupings.
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Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Ishwor Pokhrel welcome Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport to attend the 4th BIMSTEC summit in Kathmandu on August 29, 2018.(AFP)
Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Ishwor Pokhrel welcome Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport to attend the 4th BIMSTEC summit in Kathmandu on August 29, 2018.(AFP)

Nepal summit aims to boost anti-terror ties, PM Modi arrives in Kathmandu

By Jayanth Jacob & Anil Giri | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 11:22 AM IST
At the Nepal summit of BIMSTEC, the seven member states are expected to announce a connectivity master plan and step up counter-terror cooperation during a summit to be held in Kathmandu
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Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale (pictured) visited Russia last week to follow up on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin’s informal summit in May and to lobby for India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership.(PTI/File Picture)
Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale (pictured) visited Russia last week to follow up on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin’s informal summit in May and to lobby for India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership.(PTI/File Picture)

India seeks Russia’s help in new bid to enter Nuclear Suppliers Group

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 11:42 PM IST
The 48-member NSG works on the principle of consensus for admitting new members. India has not signed the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for an entry into the group.
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After Jundal, there have been about two dozen extraditions or quick deportations from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Thailand and Bangladesh.(HT Representative Photo)
After Jundal, there have been about two dozen extraditions or quick deportations from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Thailand and Bangladesh.(HT Representative Photo)

Of 24 terror suspects turned in by Gulf countries to India since 2012, 18 are from UAE and Saudi

By Rajesh Ahuja and Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 07:10 AM IST
The most recent such deportation was of an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, Habibur Rahman, who was sent to India earlier this month by Saudi Arabia
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Student volunteers manage and take stock of packed relief material for flood victims at a relief material collection centre in Trivandrum, Kerala.(AFP Photo)
Student volunteers manage and take stock of packed relief material for flood victims at a relief material collection centre in Trivandrum, Kerala.(AFP Photo)

Kerala floods: Centre firm on no-aid policy but may allow funds under ‘schemes’

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 09:30 AM IST
India may, however, not be averse to treating some offers as ‘humanitarian aid or reconstruction plans under other schemes’, the people indicated. The details of the schemes could be worked out later, the people added.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI file photo)

India wants constructive engagement with Pakistan, PM Modi tells Imran Khan

By Jayanth Jacob and Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, New Delhi and Islamabad
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 09:55 PM IST
India looking for constructive and meaningful engagement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Pakistani counterpart, newly-elected Imran Khan.
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Newly elected Defense Minister Wei Fenghe claps at the seventh plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.(Reuters File Photo)
Newly elected Defense Minister Wei Fenghe claps at the seventh plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.(Reuters File Photo)

China defence minister to discuss possibility of setting up hotline with India

By Jayanth Jacob & Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 07:35 AM IST
Chinese minister of national defence and a member of the Central Military Commission Wei Fenghe is set to visit India from August 21 to 24
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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on Thursday evening.(HT Photo)
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on Thursday evening.(HT Photo)

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s deft foreign policy helped forge stronger relationships

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 12:50 AM IST
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a traditionalist when it came to foreign policy. He held that it wasn’t feasible to radically reshape foreign policy in a short span.
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Mehul Choksi is a co-accused in the Rs 13,600-crore Punjab National Bank loan fraud.(File Photo)
Mehul Choksi is a co-accused in the Rs 13,600-crore Punjab National Bank loan fraud.(File Photo)

Extradition among options India trying to get back Mehul Choksi

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2018 11:21 PM IST
Another option would be initiating the legal process to prove that Mehul Choksi acquired Antigua citizenship to escape Indian law.
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The government plans to launch more quick impact projects (QIPs) in East Asia and other countries under its developmental assistance programme as part of an effort to reach out to build its influence in these countries.(Representative Image/PTI File)
The government plans to launch more quick impact projects (QIPs) in East Asia and other countries under its developmental assistance programme as part of an effort to reach out to build its influence in these countries.(Representative Image/PTI File)

Central govt likely to launch more Quick Impact Projects abroad

By Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 08:27 AM IST
The quick impact projects mostly cover upgradation of physical infrastructure such as roads, local community centres, social infrastructure such as in the education, health, sanitation or community development sectors.
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