While South Africans have been preoccupied with the theatrics of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his now-disembodied participation at the upcoming Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, SA) summit in Johannesburg, the real action has been taking place elsewhere.

In a foreign policy scare for SA earlier this week, the Hindustan Times suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was considering only virtual participation in the August 22-24 meeting. After a reported phone conversation between Modi and President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, the Indian government said that Modi would be attending in person after all...

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