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The week's takeaways: New strengths on display, but old pain points remain

India's new diplomatic heft is encouraging, but news-distorting nationalism on TV, absence of a clear military win, ageing armament, and chinks in J&K policy need to be pondered over, writes T N Ninan

T N Ninan 

T N Ninan

Perhaps the biggest positive takeaway from the military action over the last few days is the evidence of India’s new diplomatic heft. People old enough to remember earlier conflict situations will recall how no non-aligned country spoke up for India during the wars of the 1960s — though India had been a co-founder and leader of the non-aligned movement.

Even in 1971, it was principally the Soviet Union that stood by India, as it had done more than once by using its veto in the UN Security Council. In comparison, today India enjoys the support of not just the leading western powers ...

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First Published: Fri, March 01 2019. 17:31 IST
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