Amid the dragging border row, China raised "major problems" in ties with India as its top diplomat Yang Jiechi held talks with India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on the sidelines of the BRICS security summit.
Angry at not being invited to form the government, the RJD has threatened it will not allow the monsoon session of the Bihar Assembly to be run unless new Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi resign.
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that India is committed to addressing all outstanding issues with Pakistan, including Kashmir, but the onus is on that country to create an atmosphere conducive for bilateral talks.
If the Doklam crisis ultimately succeeds in firing a warning shot across the bows of India's armchair Hindu nationalist warriors, then it will have been a salutary lesson for them: Identity politics and polarising rhetoric may make them feel stronger, but they leave the nation weaker and vulnerable.
Socialist Nitish Kumar has once again shown that he is a politician and opportunist par excellence. In one of the swiftest change of political partners, Nitish dumped Lalu Yadav’s RJD and the Congress to once again embrace the Right-wing BJP for the CM’s office. Hours after he announced his resignation on Wednesday evening, Nitish Kumar was sworn-in again as CM on Thursday morning, even though Lalu’s RJD is the single largest party in the House.
With the NIA already having seven separatists in custody, the Enforcement Directorate has now arrested Shabir Shah -- one of the founders of Kashmiri separatism -- as part of the government's crackdown on separatists for allegedly receiving money from Pakistan to finance terror activities in the Kashmir Valley.