South Asia

August, 2016

  • 11 August

    Quetta Blast and A Confused Chorus

    Pakistan is indeed a victim of a proxy war. Yet, it should ponder over the causes and try to address them. The selective application of its anti-terrorism strategy will hardly be credible.

  • 8 August

    A Season of Loss in Kashmir

    Why is it that the deaths in Kashmir, and the blinding of more than 100 people are never referred to in the media or in drawing rooms as the death and injury of Indians?

  • 7 August

    Political Cry Wolf

    With the present nexus between corruption and organized crime morphing into financial and logistics support for terrorism in Pakistan, politicians who “cry wolf” about support from hidden hands this time around may make it a self-fulfilling (and not-so-hidden) prophecy.

  • 7 August

    Pak-Afghan Ties: Can CPEC be a CBM?

    It appears that a lack of conversation has led to Afghan misgivings on the CPEC. Pakistan probably should have been formally more articulate about how it wanted to help extend the CPEC to Central Asia via Afghanistan. Despite statistically proven marked progress against non-state actors of all hues, Pakistan has yet to prove much more.

  • 1 August

    Climate Change Blamed for Pakistan’s Cotton Crop Failure

    Erratic weather and over-reliance on GM seeds has resulted in a catastrophic year for the country’s cotton farmers, with worse set to come.

July, 2016

  • 30 July

    Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir

    India cannot claim to be “the biggest democracy in the world” while refusing to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir. If Scotland, Catalonia, and Crimea can vote to decide their own futures, so should Kashmir.

  • 29 July

    Will Pakistanis Resist a Coup the Turkish Way?

    Pakistan’s ruling elite fantasizes that Pakistani public, like in Turkey, will flood the streets in case of a military coup. But can the political realities of the two countries be really compared?

  • 28 July

    An Open Letter to Pakistan’s Interior Minister

    Why should citizens feel safe if state agencies don’t adhere to the rule of law, particularly when their functionaries assume the role of robber barons and ask for a price?

  • 18 July

    A Proactive Foreign Policy

    Self-interest motivates most friendships and partnerships, particularly between nations. Failing to take pro-active foreign policy initiatives, what can one expect from a political leadership who are mostly in London and Dubai for Umrah, Eid or for other reasons at a time when the country is undergoing serious domestic and external challenges?

  • 14 July

    India Living in Denial on Kashmir

    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.