March 23, 2017

India: Modi Should be Careful about the Company He Keeps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi listens to the speech of RSS Chief Mohan Rao Bhagwat at a book launching ceremony in 2012. (Photo via video stream)

What makes the axis between the government and the RSS so problematic is not just its extra-constitutionality but the sheer incompatibility of the sangh and its ideology with a democratic, inclusive polity and society. Read More »

India’s Naga Issue: ‘Historic’ is Still Some Way Away

Nagaland leader and Indian government officials exchange landmark peace agreement documents in New Delhi on August 4. (Photo from video stream)

Clarity of thought and brevity of expression are needed to work out a solution to the Naga issue. The government must refrain from claiming success until a final settlement is worked out and implemented for a problem that has lasted six decades Read More »

Delhi’s ‘Red Lines’ Hurting India-Pakistan Peace Process

Fencing at India Pakistan border. Tensions have been rising between the two nuclear armed South Asian rivals in recent days. (Photo by Abhishek Baxi, Creative Commons License)

The cancellation of NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan owing to new “red lines” drawn by the Modi government is disconcerting, writes one of top leaders of Jammu and Kashmir. Read More »

Views from Delhi: Getting the Talk Atmospherics Right

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

Talks between India and Pakistan suffer from certain inbuilt defects. India’s desire to up the ante for talks stems from a combination of international and domestic pressures. In contrast, Pakistan has far fewer stakes in the outcomes. Read More »

The Mirage of India-Pakistan Dialogue

This is the second time in a year that the peace talks between the two sides have collapsed. (Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y, Creative Commons License)

The collapse of talks between Pakistan and India is a bad omen for peace in South Asia. It can push the world's most militarized region closer to a new military standoff. Read More »

India-UAE ‘Strategic Partnership’ and Pakistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting  Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. (Photo via video stream)

The new warmth in India-UAE relations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit to Abu Dhabi and Dubai may have regional implications. Read More »

What Does the Iran Nuclear Deal Mean for South Asia?

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj ahead of a meeting in New Delhi during his recent India yatra. (Photo via video stream)

The Iran nuclear deal has unveiled new dynamics for South Asia and the Middle East with fundamental implications for the regional balance of power as well as India and Pakistan’s engagement with Iran. Read More »

A Wave of ‘Quality Militancy’ in Indian Kashmir?

Authorities imposed restrictions in some parts of downtown area of Srinagar to thwart rally on martyrs' day in Kashmir on July 13. (Photo courtesy Kashmir Times/Qazi Irshad)

Are new generations of armed youth challenging India’s dominance on Kashmir? Read More »

Gurdaspur Attack: Views from Pakistan, India

Indian police on top of the police station building after completing a 12-hour long  operation against terrorists in Gurdaspur. (Photo by Anumeha Yadev, via

The Gurdaspur terrorist attack will further deteriorate the India-Pakistan relations, even if direct relationship between the attackers and Pakistan is not established. Read More »

Iran’s Chabahar Port and the Strategic Turf Wars

Gwadar Port. (Photo by Moign Khawaja, Creative Commons License)

Iran’s Chabahar port is challenging the significance of Pakistan’s Gwadar deep sea port. The project is strategically important particularly for India due to its land access to Afghanistan and Central Asia which is otherwise blocked by the territory of Pakistan. Read More »