July 23, 2017

A View From India: The Entrepreneurs of Violence

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Understanding the TTP attack in Peshawar would involve looking at the group’s structure, the role of ideology and the impact of Pakistan’s counter-insurgency operations. Read More »

India and Israel’s Secret Love Affair

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Israel has hailed India as a strategic partner in Asia, while China as merely a trading partner. With Modi entrenched in power, and strategic interests aligned, we are poised to see India and Israel expand on their already-strong relationship. Read More »

Withdrawal Symptoms in Afghanistan: An Indian View

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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 »