Sri Lanka holds political lessons for India

Lanka is petrified at possibility of a return of Sinhala-left insurgency & ethnic Tamil militancy, both of which owe their birth to competing socio-economic aspirations fuelled by electoral compulsion

28 Jul 2022

Do democracy and pluralism always go together?

Jaishankar was reiterating the Government’s position that the two political leaders had made the statements for which their party, the BJP, has initiated action against them.

26 Jun 2022

Whose war is Ukraine fighting still?

If and when America stops sending in weapons and other aid, Ukrainians will not be able to survive the war.

04 Jun 2022

A case for dynamic permanency in UNSC

It is incredible how, barring the US, the rest are hanging on to a legacy without earning or deserving it. 

13 May 2022

New Delhi can help, but can’t restore Colombo’s stability

India has the power, economic and otherwise, to set matters right, at least in the IOR neighbourhood, but is stymied by political realities and diplomatic niceties.

13 Apr 2022

After Ukraine War, Europe is Europeans’ Business

Independent of the issues involved and the destruction caused by a war that was avoidable, Russian President Putin has exposed NATO’s limitations and also Western Europe’s overdependence on the US

14 Mar 2022

Ukraine crisis, US unilateralism and India’s dilemma

The US began the Ukraine initiative and seems to hope to suck European allies into it. The reservations of France and Germany are understandable.

14 Feb 2022

Reviving Tibet debate & impact on border talks

In the past, China appeared concerned about the involvement of India in the choice of a future Dalai Lama or not recognising the one it imposed. Not anymore, it seems

22 Jan 2022

Political realism beginning to shape foreign policy

India cannot be seen as deploying the democracy war cry on its immediate neighbours as indiscriminately as Big Brother America does with its superpower status.

28 Dec 2021

Reinventing the India-Russia relationship

Nations carve out long-term strategic policies based on their circumstances and compulsions and New Delhi seems to be applying geostrategic correctives over its ties with Moscow.

09 Dec 2021

India’s major soft-power tool in foreign policy

Soft power of the cultural kind is for coffee-room discussions. Across the working table, real power along with financial and political support matter more.

26 Nov 2021

Neighbourhood is still India's Achilles' heel

India needs to sail cautiously into new waters when its backwaters have become murkier and more troubled.

27 Oct 2021

What is there in the Quad for India?

With the Quad, India hoped its traditional sphere of influence in South Asia would be recognised and that it could count on military help to fend off China. That did not happen.

04 Oct 2021