April 26, 2017

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A Self-Confessed ‘State Actor’

Kulbhushan

Indian threats notwithstanding, Pakistan’s message must remain clear and unambiguous on the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, anyone operating against the state will be severely dealt with. 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 »

Modi Fails to Live Up to High Hopes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the British Parliament in November 2015. (House of Lords 2015 / Photography by Roger Harris, Creative Commons License)

Modi’s brand of personal diplomacy was one of the staples of his first year in office. Through high profile trips abroad and ambitious proposals at home Modi maintained an air of energy and initiative, but the results were modest. Read More »

Bihar Elections — Mind your Own Business, Pakistan

(Photo by Narendra Modi, Creative Commons License)

Why should Pakistani government and media draw pleasure out of the defeat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in Bihar elections? Is it really worth paying this much attention when Pakistanis have plenty of things to worry about at home? Pakistan needs to focus more on the causes that continue to taint its image abroad and are a source of internal discord as well. 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 »

‘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 »

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 »

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 »

India: Not a Sprinkle, But a Spread of Saffron

(Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

The Hindutva agenda is moving forward in India, the voices of minorities are being marginalized and social hatred is being spread, but the political order continues to escape blame. Read More »