March 23, 2017

In Chaotic Hyperbole, Truth Loses in Pakistan-India Relations

Leepa Karnah Valley. The Line of Control (the disputed border between India and Pakistan) passes through the middle of the valley. (Photo by Umair Shafiq)

It was making a mountain out of a molehill. Both the (Indian) Army and the media were complicit in this: One deliberately and the other out of ignorance. The recent anti-infiltration operations in Keran sector which were declared over after two weeks on October 8 by the Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, in Delhi and the Northern Army ... Read More »

RSS’ Control of India’s BJP Party Violation of 1949 Promise

RSS leaders at a recent meeting in the Indian administered Kashmir. (Photo via RSS website)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s constitution explicitly states that it will stay clear of politics. The constitution itself was written, in 1949, because Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would have it no other way. (RSS is a right-wing paramilitary Hindu nationalist group in India) The events of 2013 have comprehensively erased that part of India’s history. The RSS has taken full control of ... Read More »

Foreign Policy Not Glorious Legacy of Manmohan Singh

Foreign policy may not be the glorious legacy of India's octogenarian Prime Minister. (Photo via World Economic Forum)

  Foreign policy will not be among the glorious legacies that Manmohan Singh will leave behind. But that will not be for want of trying, although on many occasions he blundered badly. Ties with Pakistan remain strained, since he has been repeatedly outsmarted Coming at the tail end of his almost decade-long prime ministerial tenure, Mr Manmohan Singh’s trip to ... Read More »

Appeasement Has No Future in India-Pakistan Relations

Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh at their summit meeting in New York on September 29. (ViewsWeek photo)

  There was speculation but little expectations about the (September 29) meeting between prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Indian government functionaries and almost all political leaders have fallen over themselves competing with the vociferous Indian media in consistently attacking Pakistan. In their near unanimous opinion, conditions were not conducive for ... Read More »

Guarded Optimism in India, Pakistan over Singh-Sharif Summit

Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Mian Nawaz Sharif at their meeting in New York on September 29. (ViewsWeek photo)

  Media in India and Pakistan is carefully welcoming the September 29 meeting between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Dr Manmohan Singh in New York. The guarded optimism in newspaper editorials is touching the limits of skepticism. A review of the editorials of leading dailies of the two countries reveals some identical views on the summit outcome. Newspapers on either ... Read More »

India’s Food Disaster Waiting to Happen

Female farmers carry crops on one of the only two roads leading to Kushumhi village in Uttar Pradesh state. India has one of the highest incidence of hunger in the world. (Photo courtesy Gates Foundation)

UPA2 regime’s flagship program on the ‘right to food’ is slated to create more problems than it will solve, once it kicks off across the country. A creaky public distribution system and the weak economy will not be able to sustain the scheme In 2009, the UPA2 Government led by the Indian National Congress promised this country pro-people policies — ... Read More »

An Indian Perspective: Cannot Wish Away Afghan Troubles

Afghan National Army recruits walk back to their formation after completing marksmanship training during Basic Warrior Training in Kabul Military Training Center. ((U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte, Creative Commons License)

New Delhi’s delusion that taking strong measures to protect its interests in Afghanistan will lead to war in South Asia will cost this country dear. Read More »

India’s Divisive Political Face

Charismatic and controversial, Narendra Modi is seen both as divisive and unifying force in India. (Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

Now that India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has settled on Narendra Modi, a top right-wing politician and chief minister of western state of Gujarat, as its prime ministerial candidate for the next year’s crucial elections, commentators across India and beyond are looking at the emerging political circus with inquietude. Modi is likely to face a stiff challenge from Rahul ... Read More »

The Anatomy of Radicalism

Co-founder of Indian Mujahideen Yasin Bhatkal was arrested in Pokhara on August 29. (Photo via Nepal Times)

  When the Indian Mujahideen’s bomb-maker, Yasin Bhatkal, was caught in Pokhara (in western Nepal) last week (August 29), there was justifiable jubilation in India. Yasin spilled the beans on interrogation, revealing that Nepal’s scenic lakeside resort has become a hideout of choice where Indian extremists can lie low. But few know that Yasin was radicalized by what he erroneously believed ... Read More »

How South Asia Can Benefit from Central Asian Energy Boom?

Long oil train on its way to Russia transporting oil from Kazakhstan. (Photo by Duccio Aiazzi, Creative Commons License)

In a rare assembly of representatives of governments of countries in South and Central Asia, parliaments and the private sector as well as experts from China, the US and Europe sat in Islamabad on September 1 and 2 to discuss not the security challenge but the energy promise that the region offers. Read More »