Prakash Menon

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Time to depoliticise Indian police. It can be Modi’s Sudarshan Chakra

The tragic loss of 22 policemen in a Naxalite ambush in the jungles of Chhattisgarh on 4 April invoked memories of earlier such incidents with the worst being the loss of 76 lives in Dantewada in 2010. As part of an old pattern, political and institutional...

All Things Policy: Ending America’s Forever War

 After two decades of fighting the Taliban, the US is finally ready to leave Afghanistan, with President Biden prepared to pull out all American troops. What are the prospects for peace once the last Americans leave? Ameera Rao joins...

Seventh Fleet move a reminder that Quad must remain a group of equals, not a US-led posse

The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet statement of 7 April 2021, after the freedom of navigation operation off Maldives in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone or the EEZ, even if legally valid, and watered down later by the Pentagon Spokesman, was unwarranted and seems indifferent to...

Gender parity in the Indian Army

Two rounds of a prolonged legal battle by women officers of the Indian Army were won through Supreme Court judgements on February 17 and March 25. The actual ‘war’ is a quest for ‘Equality of Opportunity’, which the government is...

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...

Ladakh didn’t work out for China. It will now drive a wedge between Quad partners

This article originally appeared in ThePrint. You can read it here. In the contemporary global geopolitical landscape, China has evoked more fear than hope. It has displayed an impressive capacity for political organisation to pursue its objectives. After nearly three...

India dives into Quad waters

This article first appeared in Deccan Herald Several strands of strategic vectors may have been generated from the geostrategic moves signified by the first ever summit, albeit virtual, of the Quad leaders, Joe Biden, Narendra Modi, Yoshide Suga and Scott...

Chinese Communist Party has goals. India needs to have its own, not just respond to aggression

This article was originally published in ThePrint There are glaring dissimilarities in India’s foreign policy stances towards China post the military disengagement in Doklam 2017 and the ongoing one in Ladakh. The former was followed by a reset that resembled closeness and...

Why China is the Kautilya of international politics

This article was first published in ThePrint The gameplay on the chessboard of global politics continues to cast its shadow on India’s relationships with the United States, China, nations of the sub-continent, and within its own federal units. For the...

LAC Row: Strategic options, post-Ladakh

The disengagement process in Ladakh is hopefully the concluding scene of another military episode in India-China relations. Political and strategic relationships, especially those involving neighbours with whom we have disputes, are in reality an unending mind game, with the parties...
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