September 23, 2017

India Changes Tack on Rohingya

Thousands of Muslims are living an uprooted life in refugee camps in Bangladesh. (Photo by Fondo Andaluz de Municipios para la Solidaridad Internacional FAMSI, CC license)

India was silent on the plight of the Rohingya since Hindutva project architects did not want to include the Muslim. But in the end, the gravity of the tragedy forced it to express concern. Read More »

View from India: The Doklam Test

China India map disputed regions

China has been assiduously working to encircle India both on land and sea, with the eventual aim of capturing markets and relegating India to a secondary position, says one former general of Indian Army. Read More »

The World Has Not Forgotten Kashmir

Kashmiri youth holding Pakistani flags celebrating Pakistan's 70 independence day in India-administered Kashmir. (Photo via video stream)

India may be trying to make the world believe that the situation in its administered part of Jammu and Kashmir is well, but the realities on the ground are changing the dynamics of the conflict as Kashmiri youth take over the reigns of 70 years old struggle for the right of self-determination. Read More »

India-Pakistan Partition Through Writers’ Eyes

The partition displaced 15 million people while more than a million died in the ensuing violence. (Photo via The Tribune)

When we tell the story of Partition of India and Pakistan through writers' experiences, it becomes a very different event from the one we know through the high-political narratives focused on Jinnah, Nehru, and the Mountbattens.  Read More »

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 »