Modi’s India: condoms, contradictions and global ambitions


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At the G20, gone were the masks and virtual meetings that marked the pandemic era. This was old-fashioned summitry where Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was eyeballed by his enemies and there were so many colour codes for delegate badges that even officials got confused. As expected, Russia’s war on Ukraine dominated proceedings. Moscow accused its enemies of “blackmail and threats”. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the meeting had been marred by Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified war”. In the end, it was no surprise India could not get the gathering to agree on wording related to the conflict...