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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...

All Things Policy: Making sense of China-India disengagement on the LAC

 China and India announced an agreement to disengage from Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon and Manoj Kewalramani join Suyash Desai to talk about the ongoing disengagement process...

House defence panel must ask 4 key questions — from lower expenditure to pension bill

When the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence meets this week to discuss the Budget allocations made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, we hope to get some clarity on the provisions made towards India’s national security. That’s because on defence, the...

All Things Policy: Making Sense of India’s Defence Budget

A major highlight of the Budget 2021-22 was the 18.75% increase in the capital outlay in allocation towards defence. Suyash Desai talks to Lt Gen Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane about this year’s hike in capital outlay and the reduction...

Voting Technology: Time for electoral reforms

The possibility of improving the quality of leadership is the redeeming feature of democracy. Declining standards in political probity, the unrepresentative character of the elected legislatures, corrupt practices like electoral bonds are major concerns and call for reform of the...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment — China, India and Doklam in 2020

Download the Strategic Assessment as a PDF. India’s conciliatory stance towards China in the aftermath of the 2017 Doklam crisis has led to a deterioration of the strategic situation at the India-Bhutan-China trijunction. Our analysis uses satellite imagery to show...

All Things Policy: India-China Ties: The Strategic Dimension

 Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said this week that the relationship with China had been “significantly damaged” this year. In fact, as winter sets in, multiple rounds of talks at the Corps Commander level have failed to result in...

Guiding the Strategic Rudder

Political guidance for India’s strategic rudder is being tested by China’s Great Power ambitions. In Ladakh, disengagement and de-escalation remain on ice. An eyeball to eyeball confrontation continues, one that is pregnant with possibilities of sudden eruptions that could dwarf...
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