April 24, 2017

India-Pakistan Talks — The View from Rawalpindi

Indian External Affairs Minister Suhsma Swaraj meeting Adviser to  Pakistan's Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on December 9, 2015. (Photo via PIS, Pakistan)

Ironically, the hopes of those in India and Pakistan who most desire an end to hostilities now rest on those who have the least experience in making peace. Read More »

India: A Few Reasons to Revisit the Book

(Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y, CC License)

Pakistan's former foreign minister says he is at a loss to understand why he did not have an opportunity of interacting with M.K. Narayanan when the latter was India's National Security Adviser. Read More »

The Return of India’s Irrational Exuberance

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

There is a huge opportunity for India to catch up with China and the rest of the world. But the way the Narendra Modi’s government is wasting this opportunity by pursuing harmful policies, such as promoting internal intolerance and nationalism, does not forebode well for India’s nearly 1.3 billion people. Read More »

Indian Historiography Under Threat

Palm leaf manuscripts at a library in Chennai. Scholars like V. S. Pathak and Romila Thapar have established that ancient India drew its sense of the past from a vast range of sources, of which religious texts were one. (Photo via The Hindu)

The religious categories created by colonialism have been abandoned even by the British scholars. But the Modi regime, guided and controlled by the RSS, is still sticking to them with unprecedented fervor. Read More »

View from India: Mainstreaming a Nuclear Pakistan

Pakistan's nuclear power plant at Chashma in central Punjab province.

India should offer conditional support to a civilian nuclear deal between the U.S. and Pakistan while insisting that Islamabad signs the ‘No-first-use treaty’ and clamps down on home-grown terror. It is in India’s interest to ensure that Pakistan’s nukes are under international supervision, says one Indian analyst. Read More »

‘Kill the Beef-eaters!’

(Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

India’s globe-trotting Prime Minister assures the world that India is the destination to invest in, the world’s most cultured country to work in. But will it allow foreign investors their prime pieces of steak when they crave for it in India? Or do Indians only butcher their own beef-eaters? Read More »

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 »