Suyash Desai

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All Things Policy: A Peculiar Alliance

Sweeter than honey and higher than the mountains-that’s how China and Pakistan describe their relationship. But what really drives it? Is it just about containing India or are there other factors involved? Manoj Kewalramani talks to Suyash Desai and Sankap...

All Things Policy: A Meeting at Mamallapuram

Is the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping an empty gesture or a valuable diplomatic initiative? Our China watchers, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join host Aditya Ramanathan to debate the value of such a...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 24: Bajwa in Beijing; China’s advance destroyer in Japan’s Multinational Fleet Review; India-China Informal Summit: An Indian Interests Agenda

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited China last week. Bajwa met the top military commanders of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). A statement by Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations said, “General Bajwa met...

All Things Policy: Eastern Promises

Delhi and Dhaka signed several agreements during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent visit, despite concerns about issues like the NRC. Shambhavi Naik talks to Pranav RS, Sankalp Gurjar and Suyash Desai about the future of the India-Bangladesh relationship and what...

All Things Policy: China’s Web of Influence and Power

Much has been written about Chinese influence operations undermining democracies and impacting academic freedoms. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani talks to Suyash Desai and Sankalp Gurjar about the instruments China uses to exercise sharp power. Subscribe and listen to the...

All Things Policy: Fighting Together

Is military jointness good? Or should each service should be allowed to formulate its own strategy? Are there any lessons for India from the military reforms in China? Manoj Kewalramani discusses with Suyash Desai and Sankalp Gurjar. Subscribe and listen...

India should seek ‘hawkish balance’ through Quad

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) received an upgrade last week when the foreign ministers of Australia, Japan, India and the US met at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The Quad was conceived in 2007 to address the...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Special Edition: China’s National Day Grand Military Parade

The PRC celebrated its 70th anniversary today, with much pomp and pageantry in Beijing. President Xi Jinping delivered a brief and rather underwhelming speech, emphasising the unity, development and strength of the PRC. “There is no force that can shake the foundation of...

All Things Policy: The Promise and Tragedy of China

The People’s Republic of China is celebrating its 70th anniversary on October 1st, 2019. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Pranay Kotasthane about China’s tumultuous journey and its uncertain future. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 22: China’s Naval Modernisation; National Day Military Parade; China’s Defence-Industrial Base; China’s Trilateral Joint Drill in IOR; Tsentr-2019; Xiangshan Security Forum

Congressional Research Service (CRS) has submitted its latest research report to the US Congress on China Naval Modernisation: Implications for US Navy Capabilities- Background and Issues for Congress. The report claims that China’s military modernisation, including its naval modernisation, has become a top...
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