May 23, 2017

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 »

China’s Message to Neighbors

Gwader, the heart of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Photo by umairadeeb, CC license)

Chinese initiatives are rooted in a belief that trade and development alone can provide the much needed political stability to the region. Read More »

Reflections on Polls in Indian-Administered Kashmir

Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been turning to Twitter to highlight atrocities by Indian security forces.

The international community should respond to the brutal suppression of Kashmiris and minimize the possibility of unimaginable nuclear disaster that looms on South Asia. Read More »

India’s Food-water-energy Nexus: Disaster or Opportunity?

Using pipes to provide just as much water as the plant needs can save much of the water used for irrigation in India now (Image by Joydeep Gupta)

Overuse of water for irrigation is taking India towards disaster, but new technologies provide opportunities to reverse the trend. Read More »

A Self-Confessed ‘State Actor’

Kulbhushan

Indian threats notwithstanding, Pakistan’s message must remain clear and unambiguous on the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, anyone operating against the state will be severely dealt with. Read More »

Pakistan Be Ready for More Acrimony with India

Kulbhushan Jadhav

Regardless of which way Kulbhushan Jadhav case eventually settles down, the current moods in New Delhi and Islamabad deliver ample evidence that the hard-talk accompanied by bitter acrimony is likely to continue for quite some time. Read More »

South Asia Braces for Intense Heat This Summer

It is already too hot to step out in the sun. (mage by: Swaminathan).

With temperatures already topping 40 degrees Celsius in many places and a weak monsoon forecast, southern Asia is likely to suffer through yet another recording-breaking summer Read More »

View from Bangladesh: No Military Pact With India

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid during a meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

A military alliance with India in the context of current geopolitical alignment would be a disaster and will carry the potential of Bangladesh becoming a victim of ‘crossfire’ in the current big-power rivalries, argues one Bangladeshi analyst. Read More »