July 28, 2017

India-China War Circa 2017

(Image via Tube India video stream)

India-China standoff in Donglang plateau indicates that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that New Delhi’s interest will be better served in an aggressive American alliance rather than in a neighborly relationship with China. Read More »

India Hastens Hydropower Projects in Jammu and Kashmir

The Baglihar dam, also on the Chenab, in J&K. (image by: ICIMOD, via thethirdpole.net)

The government appears determined to utilize the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty to the full. Read More »

View from India: Dams Pakistan Will Build…

Tarbela Dam is Pakistan's largest water reservoir and world's largest earth-filled dam. (Photo by  Christine Osborne/CORBIS, US Embassy Pakistan)

It is a cause for concern that Pakistan has requested China to provide water security as a part of CPEC. This is strategic, given the worsening Pak-India ties. However, India needs to be watchful, writes one former General of Indian Army. Read More »

Hindutva Terrorism in India

(Photo by Bharath Joshi, CC license)

Cow vigilantism is pre-meditated, politically motivated, and seeks to build fear in a community. That makes it terrorism. Read More »

Where are the Teesta Waters?

Where is the water? The Teesta is barely a trickle once it clears the hydropower dams (Photo by Jayanta Basu, via thethirdpole.net)

Days before the monsoon rains, The Third Pole explored the length of the Teesta river in West Bengal and Sikkim to see how much water is flowing, and where it is going in the eight lean months of the year. Read More »

Can India be a Game Changer in Afghanistan?

Hamid Karzai is seeking more Indian military help for the Afghan National Army. (Photo via ANA's FB page)

India can be a useful ally to the Afghan government. It cannot be a substitute for the United States. Its best chance for influencing Afghanistan’s trajectory lies in a close partnership with Washington in which the US provides the military support necessary to ensure the survival of the Afghan government and eventually brings the insurgency to the negotiating table. But in the broader picture, New Delhi’s margins of maneuver are slowly but surely diminishing. Karzai needs to take realities into account when he next makes political calculations. Read More »

Naked Ambition

Indian army soldiers during a military exercise.

Acute disappointment aside Pakistan has no choice but to combat India's hybrid war which has intensified after Modi’s coming to power, notes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

View from Delhi: Mixed Signals from Canada

Some indian analysts accuses Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan of being affiliated with pro-Khalistan groups.  (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, via Jim Mattis, CC license)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s presence at a Khalsa Day event raises troubling questions, writes one Indian analyst. Read More »

Is India Restaging ‘Sikkim Saga’ in Bangladesh?

(Map via Wikimedia Commons)

Without naming India, Begum Zia said some foreign powers were trying to weaken Bangladesh that was making steady economic progress. “We liberated Bangladesh in 1971 when we were about 80 million people. Now we are about 160 to 170 million, and we are united. We don’t need assistance of anyone.”  She added, “we want to make it explicitly clear that we ... Read More »

View from Delhi: Towards a Unique Digital South Asian Identity

(Photo courtesy uidai.gov.in)

Executed properly, Aadhaar could become a central pillar of India’s ‘neighborhood first’ policy, writes one Indian analyst. Read More »