Articles By Mahendra Ved

Will India end up as a spectator in Afghanistan?

Will India end up as a spectator in Afghanistan?

By: Mahendra Ved | Date: 06 Apr , 2019

In a recent Bollywood movie ‘Kesari’, which commemorates the Battle of Saragarhi, fought on September 12, 1897 between the British Indian Army and  Afghan tribesmen, the protagonist, a soldier in...

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Malaysia's Mahathir not taking sides on India-Pakistan issues

Malaysia's Mahathir not taking sides on India-Pakistan issues

By: Mahendra Ved | Date: 29 Mar , 2019

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has made it clear that his country was not choosing sides in recent tensions between India and Pakistan and said it unequivocally condemned all acts of...

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Pakistan revives Controversial Military Courts: A Substitute for Judicial...

Pakistan revives Controversial Military Courts: A Substitute for Judicial...

By: Mahendra Ved | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 14 Jan , 2017

In a U-turn that is as remarkably swift as it is inexplicable, Pakistan’s civil and military leadership on January 9, 2017 decided to “hold consultations” on continuing with the military...

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Pakistan Navy's New Task Force has Serious Implications for Region

Pakistan Navy's New Task Force has Serious Implications for Region

By: Mahendra Ved | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 14 Dec , 2016

The establishment of Pakistan Navy’s special ‘Task Force-88’ (TF-88) on December 13, 2016, exclusively for maritime security of Gwadar port, is the next logical step that China and Pakistan have...

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No ‘String of Pearls’, it’s the Dragon in the Indian Ocean

No ‘String of Pearls’, it’s the Dragon in the Indian Ocean

By: Mahendra Ved | Date: 25 Nov , 2016

Forget the “String of Pearls” story about how China is supposedly surrounding India on the high seas. China is not just on the sea, but also on land, in air and deeply involved in the...

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How far will Pakistan use its Taliban Leverage?

How far will Pakistan use its Taliban Leverage?

By: Mahendra Ved | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 08 Mar , 2016

Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister, has, for the first time by a top member of the establishment, acknowledged that Pakistan has influence over the Afghan Taliban...

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PM Narendra Modi visit gives India a higher profile in ASEAN

PM Narendra Modi visit gives India a higher profile in ASEAN

By: Mahendra Ved | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 26 Nov , 2015

A new and powerful economic community is emerging in India’s extended neighborhood at a time when the world as a whole is facing economic uncertainties, combating the scourge of terrorism and is...

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Sharif's US visit underscores who is boss in Pakistan

Sharif's US visit underscores who is boss in Pakistan

By: Mahendra Ved | Date: 28 Oct , 2015

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may not have secured much from during his United States visit beyond a reference to the Kashmir dispute with India in the joint statement and another on...

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Russia-Pakistan tango: Should India worry?

Russia-Pakistan tango: Should India worry?

By: Mahendra Ved | Date: 16 Sep , 2015

Two news items on a single day (September 10) in Pakistan’s newspapers need India’s attention for the growing cooperation between Pakistan and Russian Federation -one a hostile neighbor and...

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