June 22, 2017

Withdrawal Symptoms in Afghanistan: An Indian View

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lan Kim/ISAFMedia, Creative Commons License)

Many fear that after the U.S. withdrawal, the Taliban will take over southern parts of the country with growing terrorism and insecurity threatening a weak government in Kabul. Read More »

SAARC’s Make or Break Moment

Narendra Modi shares emotive conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (Photo via Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office)

The game of one-upmanship by India and Pakistan, the two leading countries of SAARC, is likely to do immense harm to the cause of the poverty-ridden South Asian region, where concerted efforts at regional cooperation could be crucial in shaping its future development. Read More »

Demilitarizing Kashmir’s Demographic Question

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As Kashmir votes, the modalities of Pandit resettlement will mark the limits of India’s rising saffron tide. Read More »

India, Nepal Sign Deal to Build Another Mega-dam

Nepal’s hydropower potential is estimated to be about 80,000 MW, of which only 700 MW has been exploited. (Photo by Global Water Partnership, via thethirdpole.net)

As Nepal signs a deal with India to build another 900 MW dam during the Indian prime minister’s visit to Kathmandu, concerns grow that the rush to develop hydropower is misguided Read More »

Pakistan Has World’s Fastest-growing Nuclear Program

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A new reports by a leading U.S. think tank warns that unresolved territorial disputes, cross-border terrorism, and growing nuclear arsenals are threatening South Asia’s strategic nuclear stability. It notes that Pakistan has the fastest-growing nuclear program in the world. Read More »

View from India: Saarc Without a Backbone

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Saarc declarations have made considerable progress on a range of issues, from trade and connectivity to ecology. But these declarations only serve to highlight that Saarc has near zero credibility. Read More »

South Asia’s States of Denial

An Indian policeman looks at an anti-India slogan on shop shutter in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. (Photo by Kashmir Global, Creative Commons License)

Increasing militarization of South Asia’s conflict zones has led to severe human-rights violations. From the extraordinary denial of the universal right to life, to citizen security and justice, the empirical realities of South Asia point to a systemic crisis, in which a situation akin to martial law exists within these conflict zones, without the government-in-question needing to declare it as such. Read More »

South Asia’s March Towards Ultra-populism

(L to R) National monuments of Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. (Image by ViewsWeek via Creative Commons photos)

In each South Asian country, the no-go areas of discourse are proliferating rather than decreasing as the state establishments deploy ultra-populism. In response, the intelligentsia cowers, the “opinion-makers” are dehumanized as they take to weighing what to say and what to leave unsaid. Read More »

Bhutan: The Indian Army’s Front Line

The town of Paro in Bhutan. (Photo by Rita Willaert, Creative Commons License)

Strategically located, the tiny Himalayan country is at the center of growing tensions between India and China. Read More »

View from India: Behind Delhi’s ‘Pakistan Quandary’

A view of Digwar, a small bordering town on the bank of Betarh Nullah, in Haveli District of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Half of this village is in Pakistan-administered Kashmir while the half of it is in Indian-administered Kashmir. At the far end of this view, is the Poonch city in Indian controlled Kashmir. (Photo by Muzaffar Bukhari, Creative Commons License)

India needs subtle strategies to contain and counter “threats” from Pakistan. The jingoistic and threatening rhetoric in a section of Indian media in response to each “provocation” from Pakistan does India no good. India’s power ought to be felt by its adversaries and not flaunted. Read More »