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29th June - The Hindu Editorial - Part-2(in Hindi)
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  1. | ga./The deepening disconnect The deepening disconnect Postponement of the 2+2 dialogue has come amid growing India-U.S. estrangement in South Asia S. UBHODEEP

  2. Disconnect' between New Delhi and Washington in the past few months U.S.'s Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act against those conducting business with Russia and Iran, as well as its decision to walk out of the Iran nuclear deal have come right up against India's interests. India has, in turn, tightened its engagement with Russia, China and Iran On bilateral trade, hardly a week goes by without the U.S. and India firing one salvo or another. UBHODEEP


  4. The two governments have failed to make progress on signing foundational agreements, which in turn has held up talks on defence procurement and technology transfers. Simply put, seldom in the past two decades since India and the U.S. rebooted ties have the two sides differed so publicly on so many fronts at the same time. Unfortunately, one of the areas they had made good progress on, the U.S's South Asia policy, also appears to be in trouble. UBHODEEP

  5. According to the policy announced about ten months ago Olndia was to be central to the U.S.'s efforts in Afghanistan. OWhile Pakistan would be 'put on notice' for its support to terror groups, including those that target India -The year began with Mr. Trump's tweet lashing out at Pakistan, followed by suspension of U.S. military aid -The U.S. also sought to "greylist" Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force on terror financing. However, there are enough indications that Mr. Trump's South Asia policy is veering towards the U.S's Af-Pak policy of the past with the U.S. engaging Pakistan to help with Afghanistan, and India consigned a more supplementary role S. UBHODEEP

  6. Coordinated contacts Increase in U.S.-Pakistan engagement, in conjunction with a rapid improvement in Pakistan-Afghanistan ties In March, the then Pakistan Prime Minister, Shahid Abbasi, met U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Washington, and a few weeks later Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Mr. Abbasi finalised the seven-point Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity Other Official meetings. UBHODEEP

  7. While the U.S. State Department has called for Pakistan to act against all groups operating in its territory, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish- e-Mohammed (JeM), its own military actions have left many in Delhi bemused While the U.S. has carried out a number of drone strikes since Mr. Trump announced his new policy, The large bulk of them are on Afghan, not Pakistani, territory. American forces carried out more than 100 air and drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2017, and more than 40 till date in 2018. The corresponding figures for strikes in Pakistan are five and one, respectively. S. UBHODEEP

  8. While the killing of terrorists anywhere as well as the cessation of hostilities must be welcomed by India, the contrast in terms of action it has demanded cannot be ignored LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai 26/11 attacks, is now addressing political rallies in Lahore for parliamentary elections in which his son and son-in-law are candidates, and JeM chief Masood Azhar lives undisturbed in his Bahawalpur home. Last month, he issued threats against India during the Kashmir cease-ops UBHODEEP

  9. The Chabahar factor Finally, there are India's regional concerns that stem from Mr. Trump's Iran policy Spurred new sanctions against all countries and companies doing business in Iran and imposed a November 4 deadline to reduce oil imports from Iran to "zero". Regardless of India's determination to go ahead with its dealings with Iran, the impact of American restrictions will be felt in Chabahar Port, once billed as India's gateway to Afghanistan, and a key component of its role in the U.S's South Asia policy. Trump administration will not offer any such exemptions UBHODEEP

  10. Clearly, none of these predicaments is new, and India has pulled the situation to its advantage in the past. The difference this time is that the India-U.S.dialogue is not as robust as before, while India's planned engagements with Russia Iran and China in the next few months may render bilateral ties yet more difficult Rescheduling the 2+2 at the earliest opportunity, in the face of the high stakes involved for both New Delhi and Washington, is crucial. UBHODEEP