July, 2014

  • 20 July

    India-Bangladesh Relations: The Agartala Doctrine

    The Teesta river water sharing treaty that Manmohan Singh was ready to sign in 2010 still hangs in uncertainty. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinsa Wajid who had staked so much to deliver on India’s security and connectivity concerns, is left high and dry facing a hostile opposition accusing her of failing to protect national interests vis-a-vis India. Worse, India is left looking a less-than-effective nation-state, unable to honor its sovereign commitments to an obliging neighbor.

June, 2014

  • 30 June

    Up in Arms: Foreign Investment in Indian Defense

    Talk of allowing up to 100 percent foreign direct investment has proven controversial, to say the least. For Indian companies—which include Tata Group, Larsen and Toubro, Bharat Forge, Mahindra and Punj Lloyd—still struggling to find their feet in the areas of manufacturing, production, technology, capital and competitiveness, this concern may well be genuine.

  • 26 June

    What is Missing in India-Bangladesh Relations

    Bangladesh’s government has reversed Indian public opinion by creating a favorable atmosphere -- making good on much of the promises it made with New Delhi. However, India’s own standing with its neighbor has suffered. It is time India does the same.

  • 2 June

    Terrorism, Kashmir and Indo-Pakistan Relations

    Indian and Pakistani diplomats reflect on suspicions touching paranoia, especially over questions such as terrorism, in New Delhi and Islamabad. Maleeha Lodhi warns Pakistan that goodwill alone cannot substitute strategy while Satyabrata Pal insists that lasting peace can only come by resolving outstanding disputes over Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek.

May, 2014

  • 28 May

    Book Review: Who Foiled a Deal on Siachen?

    A new book reveals that while Manmohan Singh wanted to find a solution to India’s dispute with Pakistan over Siachen glacier, opposition from his army chief and senior colleagues, scuttled any prospects for this. The army chief General JJ Singh, acted in a duplicitous way. In close-door briefings, the General would say that a deal with Pakistan was doable, but in public he would back A.K. Antony when the defense minister chose not to back the PM.

  • 26 May

    Indo-Pakistan Relations: The Audacity of Hope

    Moving away from Siachen and Kargil mindsets in both India and Pakistan won’t be easy. But big crowns come stuffed with thorns. Even the smallest ambition for peace between India and Pakistan needs statesmanship and roadblock-mitigation. Hope is not a plan, no matter how audacious.

  • 23 May

    Why Pakistan’s Sharif Must Go to India

    Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s surprise invitation to the South Asian leaders to attend his swearing-in ceremony has the makings of a shock and awe tactic with three messages: the first to Pakistan, the second to the region and the third for domestic consumption, says a leading Indian newspaper in an editorial. In Pakistan, analysts are urging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to accept the invitation which offers a unique opportunity to put the past behind and look to the future.

  • 20 May

    Is Modi Trouble for Pakistan, Bangladesh?

    The BJP victory in Indian elections has started interesting debates in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Analysts in Bangladesh fear increased tensions with India over possible deportation of undocumented Bangladeshis. In Pakistan the government is being advised to adopt a more circumspect policy towards India under Modi.

  • 17 May

    The Fall Guy Who Forgot to Get Up

      Something very subtle but extraordinary happened during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s farewell function in Delhi on the evening of May 14. Mr. Singh was standing next to his wife when Sonia Gandhi walked in and greeted him. He returned it and then left her there to meet his ministers and other Congress leaders. His wife followed him.   Later, …

  • 6 May

    Dams Blamed for South Asia’s Sinking Deltas

    One or two people leave their homes in the Sundarbans forests of the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta each day, perhaps never to return.  It’s but a small vignette of a larger tragedy being played out across South Asia’s delta regions where land is fast sinking as the sea waters rise, leaving millions of people vulnerable to disasters like cyclones and floods.   The mouth of the …