The ongoing episode of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC),continuous firings and the unfortunate cases of civilian deaths on both sides, points to the challenge South Asia is facing today. It is important to highlight the issues that make this event relatively different from the previous incidents along the LoC or the… Continue reading India’s Changing Pakistan Policy
Emerging out of a recent workshop on Deterrence Stability in South Asia organised by the Stimson Center and Carnegie, I set about identifying some prospective confidence building measures in the field of nuclear cooperation between New Delhi and Islamabad. Owing to secrecy of their nuclear programmes and understandably so, there are extremely limited nuclear-related areas… Continue reading Nuclear Waste Management: Exploring Future Areas of India-Pakistan Cooperation
[With Sitakanta Mishra] Mark Fitzpatrick’s argument for “nuclear rehabilitation of Pakistan” in his bookOvercoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers reminds one of a scene from a famous Bollywood movie Sholey. Jai, one of the male protagonists goes to meet the female protagonist’s (Basanti) aunt (Mausi) to ask her consent for the marriage of Basantiand his friend… Continue reading ‘Overlooking’ Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers
India and Pakistan, since their partition have remained embroiled in a seemingly unending acrimonious relationship. This remains so, despite periodic efforts undertaken at the governmental and the non-governmental levels. The overt introduction of nuclear weapons in 1998 added a new dimension to the Indo-Pakistan relations, which continues to evolve till date. Glancing at the… Continue reading India-Pakistan: Talking in Different Tongues
A lot has changed since Pakistan went nuclear in 1998. Pakistan has successfully tested and deployed longer range nuclear-capable missiles while continuing to expand its fissile material stockpile and of late has ventured towards flight-testing its short range missile Nasr/Hatf-IX which it claims carries a nuclear warhead. Nevertheless, one person has remained a constant fixture throughout… Continue reading Passing the nuclear baton in Pakistan
With the government’s long awaited approval of the Mountain Strike Corps, an interesting debate within the strategic community has sprung up showcasing the Mahan-Mackinder divide in the context of India’s China Policy. The debate was initiated by Rear Admiral Raja Menon’s opinion piece in The Hindu which argued that India’s weakness on the LAC can… Continue reading Mackinder versus Mahan: How will the dice roll?
As the Indian Army continues on the road to modernising its forces, the technological investment in the sector of space and military satellites is worth highlighting. Upcoming space technologies are going to impact military capabilities and operations in a great way. Undoubtedly, future wars are going to be swift, highly mobile and deeply influenced by… Continue reading Indian Army and Space: Sky is not the limit
As one enters the Drugmulla Awam complex in Kupwara, the welcoming sight of Udaan, a school for special children brings delight and optimism to the mind. The school is an initiative by the Army under Operation Sadbhavana and aims to train and provide basic education to differently abled children. Inflicted with insurgency for decades, Kupwara… Continue reading Operation Sadhbhavana: Winning Hearts and Minds
As Anna Hazare broke his 12 day long fast on 28 August 2011, lakhs of people celebrated across the country in various ways. While some consider Anna’s anti-corruption movement a way forward for India’s democracy, critics have described Anna’s methods as blackmail and the movement undemocratic and intolerant. However, it is important to examine the… Continue reading The Anna Hazare Movement: In Retrospect – Analysis
With President Obama’s announcement of the accelerated schedule of withdrawal of US-NATO forces from Afghanistan, a key factor for analysis is the state of readiness of the Afghan National Army (ANA) to take over and step into the breach. Is it prepared to undertake stand alone operations in the post withdrawal scenario? It is so… Continue reading The Afghan National Army: How Prepared is it?