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When the athletes march into the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics next month, one flag you won't be seeing is the green, white, and saffron of India. Four Indian skiers will be participating in the games as independent athletes, but they won't be able to formally represent their country, since the Indian Olympic Association has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee since 2012.

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Rahul Gandhi is running India from the sidelines

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Glamour and gutter politics clash as four candidates vie to head the 100-year-old high-life establishment

Kashmir human rights activists call on conductor Zubin Mehta to call off concert over 'whitewash' fears

Activists in Kashmir are calling upon a celebrated conductor of classical music to call off a concert in Srinagar as they claim the event will be used to “whitewash” human rights abuses.

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Establishing peace with India will pay dividends for Pakistan

When Nawaz Sharif was elected Pakistan’s Prime Minister for a third time in May, he signalled that he would like to leave off where he started when he was last in power.

Indian Army officers lay wreaths and pay their respects over the caskets of five soldiers killed in during a cross-border attack in Kashmir, following the arrival of their remains at the Patna Airport

India's PM under pressure to cancel talks after Kashmir border attack

After five Indian troops killed, minister says 'Those in Pakistan responsible for this tragedy should not go unpunished'

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