Articles By KN Pandita

Taliban outreach, a myth or reality?

Taliban outreach, a myth or reality?

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Oct , 2021

Taliban have often reiterated their policy of Taliban fighters not fighting in a foreign land. How come the rumour of the Taliban possible outreach to Kashmir has been receiving media hype?...

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Will the AUKUS alliance eclipse the Quad?

Will the AUKUS alliance eclipse the Quad?

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Sep , 2021

The trilateral alliance among Australia, UK and the US (AUKUS), recently announced by President Biden from the White House, has given rise to two controversies. One is whether it undervalues and...

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Afghanistan: Post-American Future in the Region

Afghanistan: Post-American Future in the Region

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Aug , 2021

The fall of Ashraf Ghani regime in Kabul and the return of Taliban to power is a triumph for Pakistan’s Afghan policy. Thirty per cent of Taliban fighting force comprised Pakistani regulars or...

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Democratic Quad versus China Quad

Democratic Quad versus China Quad

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Jul , 2021

PLA centenary celebration has generated over-confidence in the Peoples’ Republic of China. Together with that, President Xi’s aggressive tone does not reflect a conciliatory mood towards her...

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Eastern Turkistan: Struggle for a nation-state

Eastern Turkistan: Struggle for a nation-state

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Jul , 2021

The Arab and Persian historians of medieval times have written very little about the Uyghurs of Eastern Turkistan, their history, culture and life.  They generally included them in the broader...

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Afghan Vacuum and the Neighbouring Aspirants

Afghan Vacuum and the Neighbouring Aspirants

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Jun , 2021

The implosion of the then Soviet Union in 1991 had created a vacuum in its Muslim dominated Central Asian Republics. Three neighbouring Islamic countries, Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia jumped...

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New Weapons in Pak’s Jihad Arsenal

New Weapons in Pak’s Jihad Arsenal

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Jun , 2021

The Hindustan Times of 1 Dec 2020 published alarming news. It said: “Pakistan’s ISI, inspired by the success of using cheap drones to carry out small bomb attacks, has been exploring this...

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The US’ pull out in Afghanistan: What are the implications?

The US’ pull out in Afghanistan: What are the implications?

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jun , 2021

In the later phase of his administration, former President Trump had expressed his desire of sending the American troops “back home for Christmas”. The Doha conference of 2020, arranged after...

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India–Iran relations under stress

India–Iran relations under stress

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Jun , 2021

  The US has withdrawn from the US-Iran nuclear deal arguing that the deal is imbalanced and inequitable. Iran says she has stuck to the terms of the deal but would resume enrichment of uranium...

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The Intricate Deal of Chahbahar Port

The Intricate Deal of Chahbahar Port

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Apr , 2021

At a time when India, after a temporary halt, resumed and accelerated work at Chabahar seaport in the Gulf of Oman, the Iranian Foreign Minister gave an intriguing statement that made observers...

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Sub-continent in the grip of disquiet

Sub-continent in the grip of disquiet

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Mar , 2021

Three countries of the Indian sub-continent — India, Pakistan and Afghanistan —- are bogged with grim disquiet whoseroots lie in the exclusivist beliefs of the Islamic State of Pakistan. After...

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India and China: the “diplomacy of strings”

India and China: the “diplomacy of strings”

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Jan , 2021

Last week, a news item in Hindustan Times disclosed that our Defence Ministry would be doing a mega joint exercise in the Andaman Sea. The contingents of Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, and the...

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Fast-tracking of Indo-Pacific Partnership

Fast-tracking of Indo-Pacific Partnership

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Jan , 2021

The Eurasian Times of 17 January reported de-classification of a US highly confidential ten-page report prepared by Assistant Secretary Robert C O’ Brian which, among other things, highlights...

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A new chapter in India-Saudi relations

A new chapter in India-Saudi relations

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Dec , 2020

In his six-day-long (9 – 14 December 2020) visit to the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Army Chief, General MM Naravane was given a red carpet reception by the hosts as it was the first visit...

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Isn’t the Dragon getting oversized?

Isn’t the Dragon getting oversized?

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Sep , 2020

Expansionism by force and by treachery is China’s well-known forte. If the originator of the chain-Hindi Bhai Bhainaiveté became its hopeless victim, bring not the onus to the doorsteps of...

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Iran in New Regional Alignment

Iran in New Regional Alignment

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Sep , 2020

CIA overplayed capitalist hegemonic role in Iran during the Iranian oil nationalization movement under Dr Mussadegh in the 1950s. Thereafter Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, inexperienced in national...

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Pakistan finds a new defence partner

Pakistan finds a new defence partner

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Mar , 2020

Of late, Erdogan has begun to dream of becoming the global Islamic leader after the European Union rejected Turkey’s admission. Opting for Islamic card, he is cozying up with Imran Khan of...

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Pakistan cannot integrate PoK

Pakistan cannot integrate PoK

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2020

In a formal statement, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson rubbished the rumours of Islamabad proposing the integration of PoK into the mainland and thus terminating the status of the region as...

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India must help defuse Iran-US tension

India must help defuse Iran-US tension

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jan , 2020

After some select Asian countries, China, India, and Pakistan achieved nuclear capability, its impact on regional strategy was obvious. Even repercussions of the neo-proliferation possibility had...

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Dissection of Pak’s frustration

Dissection of Pak’s frustration

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jan , 2020

Imran messaged his debut as Pak PM with India-Pak peace rhetoric. Pak army imagined that with a former popular cricketer as the show boy, it can repair its terror-daubed image and pass for a...

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