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10 October 2017

Pakistan’s isolation is responsible for its recent rants at UNGA

Pakistan continues to live in its own world as was reflected in its PM’s statement that there is no role for India in Afghanistan. Many in Pakistan are now putting all their eggs in China’s basket. The Xiamen BRICS declaration, which listed Pakistan-based terror organisations for the first time, should be a warning to Pakistan than an isolated Pakistan would be of little use to even China.


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10 October 2017

Here’s why India did the right thing by refusing to send troops to Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump’s decision to stay the course in Afghanistan was welcomed by New Delhi not just because it pinpointed the role Pakistan plays in providing sanctuaries to terrorists targeting India and Afghanistan, but also because a continuation of US boots on the ground allows India to continue to ‘do its job’ on the very same Afghan ground.


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26 September 2017

Reading the tea leaves

In history, defining moments like 9/11 that can be identified as markers of change are rare. More often, there are trend lines of slow-moving geopolitical changes which come together at a particular moment in time resulting in an inflexion point. Reading the tea leaves indicates that 2017 may well be the year which marked the reordering of the Asian strategic landscape.


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26 September 2017

The angry Indian

In the Bollywood cult film of 2004, “Swades”, Mohan Bhargav, the protagonist, at one point so aptly puts it “I’m only speaking of things I’ve experienced while living here. And that is that we keep fighting among ourselves when we must fight against illiteracy, over-population & corruption…


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8 September 2017

How the right to privacy judgement will and won’t impact India’s data protection regime

If the purpose of privacy is to preserve democracy, then data protection laws must reflect this purpose.


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8 September 2017

Should India re-evaluate its Afghanistan strategy?

Does this “new direction” in the United States Afghan strategy mean that India should start to re-evaluate its approach on Afghanistan and take a more active role?


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18 August 2017

India left to fend for itself with the White House in crisis mode

Given President Trump's personal predilections, India should also be ready to fight its own battles.


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18 August 2017

The politics of religion

The rout of the BJP, in the Bihar and Delhi Assembly elections, were loudly touted as evidence of the deep roots of the “idea of India” — so dear to the Left-leaning, “secular” intelligentsia. Two years later, Bihar is back in the BJP stable and Delhi limps along with Arvind Kejriwal nursing his 2017 defeat in the Delhi municipal elections.


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25 July 2017

How China’s gamble in Bhutan is a sign of a bigger game

This crisis is significant from two angles:. It is part of a bigger Chinese strategic game — understanding the implications from a tactical and operational perspective is important.


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25 July 2017

India and Israel’s cyber security partnership could be a potential game changer

A cyber partnership can be critical for India to meet its immediate goals in securing its cyber infrastructure and expanding opportunities for the country’s tech sector.


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