March 26, 2017

Sri Lanka Tilts Back from China

A file photo of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a hosted by his then Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan. (Photo via Mahinda Rajapaksa, Creative Commons License)

The full extent of India’s involvement in the Sri Lankan elections in January 2015 and again in August 2015 remains unclear, but there is little doubt that New Delhi was at least able to unite Tamil groups against Rajapaksa, no doubt lubricated with plenty of money. Read More »

Pakistan: Delusional Democracy

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has often been accused of protecting Asif Ali Zardari. (Photo courtesy Online)

Honesty and integrity is a zero-sum game that will not spare violation thereof by anyone, whoever and whatever he (or she) may be. The “Raheel Doctrine” is clear and unambiguous as it should be to save Pakistan from anarchy. Read More »

Pakistan: Change on the Balochistan Horizon?

Baloch militants have been waging a low-intensity war against the Pakistani state, targeting soft targets to carry forward their bloody campaign.

While the Pakistani government has scored serious tactical victories in its efforts to bring peace to the restive Baluchistan province, strategic success may still be elusive. 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 »

View from Bangladesh: The Hindu Dilemma

The main Hindu temple in Dhaka. (Photo by Joe Coyle, Creative Commons License)

India’s recent decision to let Bangladeshi Hindus stay there indefinitely has made many people happy, but the move raises some tricky questions. Read More »

Pakistan: Spirits of 1965

A Pakistan Army tank participating in a military exercise. (Photo via ISPR)

Pakistan must take the Indian COAS Gen. Dalbir Singh’s threat of a “short, limited” war seriously and be prepared, even though war should be Islamabad’s last option. Read More »

Book Review: Cheegha — A Call from Waziristan

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A fascinating account of life in one of the most turbulent regions of the world. Cheegha unlocks the many mysteries about North Waziristan and challenges the many perceptions about its people, culture, traditions and code of life. Read More »

Modi in a Muddle

Will Prime Minister Narendra  Modi follow in the foot steps of Atal Biahri Vajpayee? Only time will tell. (Photo by Global Panorama, Creative Commons License)

India must realize that it cannot expect to live in peace while the neighborhood remains embroiled in conflict. Pakistan’s stability depends on a stable Afghanistan. And the same is true for stability in India and the region. Read More »

Pakistan: Combating the Financing of Terrorism

Pakistani rupee

Taxation revenues will only improve if Pakistan uses its existing financial transaction mechanism laws properly, which will choke flow of funds for terrorist financing. The country has the laws, the need is to strengthen and implement them. Read More »

Pakistan: Reflections on KP Local Elections

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This devolution of powers presents a golden opportunity to Pakistan’s Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province that will not only strengthen community-led local governments, but also help in the creation and monitoring of safe neighborhoods at the grassroots level. Read More »