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Book Chapter — The other Pakistan: understanding the military-jihadi complex

By Pranay Kotasthane, Guru Aiyar, and Nitin Pai This is a draft of a chapter submitted to Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Pakistan, August 2017, Edited by Aparna Pande, ISBN: 9781138903715 Download the book chapter [PDF] Pakistan is not one geopolitical...

India’s Diaspora outreach — Is it a double edged sword?

India needs to develop a coherent and strong diaspora strategy that includes strategic evacuation operations By Guru Aiyar (@guruaiyar) As Bangalore played host the 15th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) from January 7-9, it is interesting to ponder...

Snapshot of 2016 military modernisation in India

By Guru Aiyar (@guruaiyar)  A mixed year of  hits and misses, what is most pertinent for defence policy is military modernization and overdue defence reforms The year that has gone by has been a mixed one as far as defence...

Air Power and National Security

In a new episode of the Takshashila Podcast, Guru Aiyar and Air Marshal Arjun Subramaniam discuss the various facets of air power in the current national security discourse. The conversation covers a variety of topics, from the use of the...

Politicisation of armed forces to collect funds is deplorable

Recent announcement of donating Rs 5 Cr. to Army welfare fund by bollywood producer-director Karan Johar cannot be repentance for sins of commission and omission by political parties  By Guru Aiyar (@guruaiyar) In one of the most brazen forms of...

Thucydides Revisited-Indian Army’s Surgical Strike on September 29

The Indian resolve to strike at Pakistani terror camps as a fitting response to Uri attacks and call Pakistan’s bluff demonstrates clearly why Pakistan must learn from military history The latest surgical strike by India across the Line of Control...

The South China Sea Verdict: What Next?

In this episode of the Takshashila Podcast, Guru Aiyar and Hamsini Hariharan, discuss the implications of the verdict by the Permanent Court of Arbitration initiated by the Philippines against China in the South China Sea. Guru Aiyar and Hamsini Hariharan...

Policy Brief— Capacity Analysis for Evacuation of Indian Diaspora

Capacity Analysis for Evacuation of Indian Diaspora By Guru Aiyar, Takshashila Fellow Download the brief in PDF format (889KB) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Since 1991, India has been involved in six major evacuations from West Asia alone. Mass evacuations have become a recurrent...

India’s Nepal policy after Prachanda’s elevation to Prime Minister

India’s policy towards Nepal should be viewed as a friend and trusting neighbour rather than a bully By Guru Aiyar (@guruaiyar) Mr Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda’s ascent to being the Prime Minister of Nepal on August 3 has come...

Another diaspora conundrum-Saudi Arabia

Evacuations of expatriate Indians from foreign countries present our policymakers with tough questions and it is time that the Indian government sets out a clear cut policy By Guru Aiyar(@guruaiyar) The recent rescue operations by the Indian government from South...
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