July 23, 2017

Farmers Start Adapting to Climate-related Risks in South Asia

Dried saffron safflower.

Attempts to tackle the declining production of saffron, the iconic spice of Kashmir, is symptomatic of the various agricultural adaptations that are required across south Asia to adjust to climate change. Read More »

Can Afghanistan Offer ‘Other Indus’ Option to India Against Pakistan?

The Naghlu Dam and power plant on the Kabul River generates hydropower for Kabul city in Afghanistan. (Photo: Qaseem Naimi via ICIMOD Kathmandu, Creative Commons License)

For India, the gains are many in terms of having a role in exploiting Afghanistan’s river systems entering Pakistan on its West and the East. But building these dams will be fraught with risk. Read More »

Effective Integration of Command

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif presiding over the Corp Commanders meeting in Rawalpindi. (Photo via ISPR)

Given the volatile and precarious security environment, Pakistan Army's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is militarily not an effective entity, notes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal and recommends that this status quo needs correction. Read More »

What is Important?

Indian troops near Line of Control in Indian administered Kashmir. (Photo via video stream)

The poor of South Asia need compassionate consideration by their ruling elites. Spare them arrogant brinkmanship, says one analyst. Read More »

Surgical Strikes Post-Uri?

The electric fence at the India-Pakistan border. (Photo via video stream)

If India’s belligerence continues, normalization of relations with Pakistan will remain elusive. The entire region is likely to suffer the consequences of this jingoism. Read More »

Melting Glaciers May Impact Hydropower Plans

The Karakorum glaciers [image via thethirdpole.net, courtesy earthobservatory.nasa.gov]

The World Water Week has put the focus back into shrinking glaciers but the jury is still out on the impacts they will have on the flow in snow-fed rivers and hydropower generation. Read More »

India: What it Means to be Independent

India Gate in Delhi. (Photo by Rajesh_India, Creative Commons License)

The hyper-nationalism witnessed in India in recent times is not the nationalism of its freedom struggle. It misuses nationalism, which has a positive connotation in the minds and hearts of the Indian people, to polarize, to divide, and to suppress individual freedoms. Read More »

A Season of Loss in Kashmir

(Photo by Kashmir Global, Creative Commons License)

Why is it that the deaths in Kashmir, and the blinding of more than 100 people are never referred to in the media or in drawing rooms as the death and injury of Indians? Read More »

Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir

Anti-India banner at a protest rally in Srinagar, the  summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Photo via Aljazeera video stream)

India cannot claim to be “the biggest democracy in the world” while refusing to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir. If Scotland, Catalonia, and Crimea can vote to decide their own futures, so should Kashmir. Read More »

India Living in Denial on Kashmir

Anti-India protestors displaying Pakistan's flag during a protest in Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir region. (Photo via video stream)

Indian-held Kashmir is returning to home-grown insurgency, with religious radicalization acting as a force multiplier this time. This round of agitation may eventually end, but the Kashmir issue is certainly not going to go away: it will keep simmering, with occasional eruptions such as this one. Read More »