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How India can guard its interests should Kabul fall to the Taliban

As the prospect of Taliban bands fighting their way to Kabul becomes more likely with the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, there is a growing perception in New Delhi that, as a newspaper editorial put it, for India the situation “holds no glad tidings, good options or even a...

Myanmar Coup: India’s Way Forward

The United Nations recently passed a resolution condemning Myanmar’s military leader and calling for a halt in arms sales to the country. It called upon the Myanmar military to respect the results of the general election, to respect all human rights of people of Myanmar and to allow the sustained...

India must strike to deter, any other policy for drone attacks will play into Pakistan’s hands

Drones captured the imagination of the Indian public last week by dropping explosives on a military target close to the India-Pakistan border. Fear ensued, with Pakistan and drones coalescing in the public perception. Terrorism has revealed another arrow in its arsenal, and India seemed unprepared despite threat recognition for several...

Is Pakistan back in action?

Terrorist acts often reveal their intentions by the choice of targets. The drone attack on the IAF’s Jammu airbase on the night of June 26/27 may have more tactical and strategic strands than meets the eye. The combination of the choice of target, the method of attack, and its timing...

Blending Borders #2

This Newsletter explores ongoing issues and perspectives from India’s neighbouring countries, including – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan. In Brief – Vaccine updates, Sri Lanka’s #MeToo Storm, China-Nepal Rail link, Bangladesh among India’s top five exports, UN call for arms embargo against Myanmar, U.S support for...

Blending Borders: Issue #1

 This Newsletter explores ongoing issues and perspectives from India’s neighbourhood countries, including – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan.  Vaccination updates, Bangladesh leads GDP growth, The Colombo Port City project, Security dilemma in Myanmar, Peace for Afghanistan?   The Raging Pandemic  Has India turned its back on its...

US shifting its Tibet stance. When will India end its silence?

The Dalai Lama’s succession may be stirring the pot of Buddhism at the global geopolitical table. China’s sensitivity to Tibetan issues has long been viewed by some nations as having a high potential for leverage in the conduct of relations with it. But Donald Trump shook up the Tibetan pot...

Pandemic Diplomacy – Economic Sobriety – Anti-Trust Fines – Biden’s Speech – Yang’s Proposal – A Tougher Europe? – Afghan Troika Talks – Marxism’s Winning

Eye on China is a weekly newsletter that covers China-related developments from an Indian interests perspective. I. Pandemic Diplomacy – The Good, Bad & Ugly Through the week we’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly dimensions of the India-China relationship. Let’s begin with the good. Beijing continued its...

Takshashila Discussion Document – China’s Nuclear Ambiguity and its Implications for India

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Abstract China’s evolving security dynamics with the United States have compelled it to rethink its nuclear strategy to achieve effective deterrence. It is aiming to modernise its nuclear arsenal and increase its nuclear ambiguity through conventional-nuclear entanglement. Ambiguity will increase the risks of mischaracterisation...

India’s recognition of Taliban should just be tactical, not let it rule Afghanistan again

This article was first published in ThePrint. Afghanistan is living proof that technological superiority in warfare is an insufficient condition for winning wars. The political outcomes of wars are hostage to success on the political table of diplomatic parleys. How else can one explain that the most powerful nation in...
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