April 30, 2017

The Machiavellis of Maldives

Maldives is facing high unemployment, growing religious radicalism, and the looming threat of climate change. (Photo by Dying Regime, Creative Commons License)

How the politics of vengeance in the Maldives is destroying its democracy. Read More »

Memories of 34th PMA

A view of cadets' passing out parade at the Pakistan Military Academy in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The writer visits Pakistan's premier military academy after 50 years and finds the aura of its “hallowed ground” still firmly imbedded in him and his course-mates. Read More »

Pakistan: Reasons to Ponder

Pakistan's broadcast media regulatory authority has also  warned private channels against broadcasting any program that could potentially incite violence.

Does Pakistan’s ban on media coverage of proscribed groups reflect a logical step as part of a well-thought out pragmatic approach or is it just another ploy to fend off criticism and appease critics? Have major stakeholders really pondered over the reasons as to why Pakistan got to this state in the first place? Read More »

Tackling the Changing Security Paradigm

(Photo by junaidrao, Creative Commons License)

Recent events have shown that the consequences of conflicts raging today have been quite negative. The changing security landscape has the potential of impacting very negatively on a global scale. 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 »

Afghanistan’s Security and the US

(Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodderion’, Creative Commons License)

President Obama’s decision to delay the withdrawal of all US forces post 2016 is a positive initiative for the future of Afghanistan. This decisive measure will impact stability positively in a strategic but very dangerous region of the world. Read More »

Pakistan: Integration and Extension

Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif remains very popular compared to many politicians. (Photo via ISPR)

Fifteen months before his retirement a debate has started about giving General Raheel Sharif an extension “a la Kayani”.  Raheel has managed to do more in his 21 months as COAS than all those predecessors of his who served far beyond their normal term of three years or more put together. 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 »

Pakistanization of Turkey

(Photo by  by E.T. Studhalter, World Economic Forum, CCL)

It will be interesting tosee if the Syrian crisis affects Turkey the way the Afghan crisis impacted Pakistan. Read More »