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In the Media: Afghan Leader Knocks On India’s Door After Pakistan Disappointment

 Gandhara RFE/RL  by Mustafa Sarwar Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has tried striking up a new relationship with neighboring Pakistan by resisting reliance on its archival India. But after Islamabad failed to deliver to the negotiating table leaders of the Afghan Taliban who are believed to be hiding in Pakistan, Ghani is in now in India to… Continue reading In the Media: Afghan Leader Knocks On India’s Door After Pakistan Disappointment

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Asia-Pacific Power Dynamics: Strategic Implications and Options for India

[With M. Mayilvaganan, Aditi Malhotra, Viswesh R., and Sadhavi Chauhan] To read the complete report click here Executive Summary In the emerging geopolitical discourse today, the Asia-Pacific region has emerged as a major centre of geostrategic interest. Accompanying this change in perception is a change in scope, with strategists not just considering the typical Indian Ocean, but… Continue reading Asia-Pacific Power Dynamics: Strategic Implications and Options for India

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‘Overlooking’ Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

  [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

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India-Pakistan: Talking in Different Tongues

  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

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The Anna Hazare Movement: In Retrospect – Analysis

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

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After Osama: Pakistan’s Relations with the US, China & India

The killing of Osama Bin Laden by the US further accentuates the security situation within Pakistan which is poised at a delicate juncture, carefully balancing the rise of fundamentalism and hatred against the West and tacking actions terrorists who threaten its very existence. Developments in Pakistan, therefore, would have direct fallout on its neighbours, especially India and… Continue reading After Osama: Pakistan’s Relations with the US, China & India

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India’s Silence on Chinese Incursions

China continues to convince the world about its ‘peaceful rise’, a claim which gets periodically belied by Chinese actions and strategic developments. The New Year was greeted by the first flight of China’s fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft Chengdu J-20 on January 4, 2011. The Chinese have regularly asserted that it is upgrading its military weapons… Continue reading India’s Silence on Chinese Incursions

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Time to strengthen India’s Look West Policy

In 2005, Dr. Manmohan Singh first mooted India’s “Look West Policy” at the Prime Minister’s Trade and Economic Relations Committee (TERC) meeting. The commencement of the policy was marked by launching negotiations for an India-GCC free trade agreement and a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with individual nations of the group. India and the Middle… Continue reading Time to strengthen India’s Look West Policy

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India’s Options in Afghanistan – The Iran Factor

While The WikiLeaks “revelation” has not uncovered anything radically new, it has highlighted the prevailing intricacies and complexities of the conflict. Pakistan’s “offer” of negotiating a deal with the Taliban and the Haqqani network has regained prominence. Former Canadian diplomat Chris Alexander’s disclosure of Gen Kayani’s plans of demolishing Indian consulates in Kabul has re-emphasised… Continue reading India’s Options in Afghanistan – The Iran Factor

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Punitive Deterrence through Covert Operations

India for long has been a victim of numerous terrorist attacks. Covert operations by Pakistan’s ISI, which were once limited to J&K have now engulfed other parts of India as well. According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, India has suffered almost 1050 civilian deaths from 28 major Islamist terrorist attacks since 2000 (excluding J&K… Continue reading Punitive Deterrence through Covert Operations