October, 2014

  • 30 October

    View from India: Behind Delhi’s ‘Pakistan Quandary’

    India needs subtle strategies to contain and counter “threats” from Pakistan. The jingoistic and threatening rhetoric in a section of Indian media in response to each “provocation” from Pakistan does India no good. India’s power ought to be felt by its adversaries and not flaunted.

  • 25 October

    Gujarat Pogrom: Will US Court Give Immunity to Modi?

    The U.S.-based lawsuit filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi is progressing and it is unclear if the court will grant him diplomatic immunity.

  • 21 October

    India: Costs of Ignoring Hunger

    Ignoring hunger and malnutrition will have significant costs to any country’s development. Nutrition improvement has both intrinsic and instrumental value.

  • 20 October

    India’s Groundwater Drops to Critical Levels

    Cities and villages in India will soon run out of potable water if current trends continue, warns senior water official

  • 18 October

    Border Skirmishes: India, Pakistan Back to Blame Game

    The latest India-Pakistan border tensions indicate a strategic shift in New Delhi’s policy which is becoming more aggressive with each passing day. Reports from India indicate that the new policy is being orchestrated by the country’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, a decorated former intelligence official.

  • 18 October

    Nepal: After the Storm

    In a rare occurrence, a cyclone that started in the Bay of Bengal caused an avalanche in the Himalayas, killing at least 40 in Nepal. The even was a wakeup call to install effective early warning weather systems in mountainous Nepal’s higher reaches.

  • 14 October

    Why Emperor Akbar Haunts Hindutva

    There has been a traditional affinity, even bonding, between Hindu and Muslim extremists of the subcontinent. They have both mistrusted the liberals within their respective folds. It was natural, therefore, for Hindutva in India to emulate its narrow-minded Muslim counterparts in Pakistan to jointly target the genial Emperor Akbar, otherwise considered a symbol of enlightenment and religious tolerance.

  • 10 October

    Malala Brings Home the Nobel

    For many in her hometown of Swat and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the significance of a Pashtun girl wining the Nobel is clear. To them it is an historic event from which Malala Yousafzai has emerged, perhaps somewhat incongruously, as mythical a figure as Malalai of Maiwand, the Pashtun folk hero who rallied Pashtun fighters against the British troops during the second Anglo-Afghan War.

  • 5 October

    China’s Choice: India or Pakistan?

    Which South Asian country is more important for China’s future? Many in South Asia may think Pakistan but that may not be a reality, at least now.

September, 2014

  • 23 September

    An Indian View on Sri Lanka: Dealing with Devolution

    After the defeat of the LTTE and the economic activism of China, the geostrategic reality has altered significantly in Colombo’s favor. With no usable leverages, India may have to live with 13A minus police powers, provided the devolved powers are actually implemented on the ground.