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What should India do?

In the past few months there have been ample indications that New Delhi is keen to restore its broken ties with China. It has realised to its mortification that post the Doklam face-off, India has not really benefited from the confrontation save for getting some applause for showing spine in the face of Chinese expansion. It has found its influence in South Asia getting compromised by a determined Chinese onslaught.

South Africa and the fable of the Guptas

It sounds more like a fable than a news story -- an ambitious family arrived from a distant land, wormed its way into the heart of a young democracy, became unimaginably rich and influential, stood accused of trying to hijack the state itself, and then, overnight, vanished into thin air, leaving those who had fallen under the family's spell -- and those who had warned against it from the start -- to wonder how anyone could have