IDR Blog

No lunch in Lahore yet
Vikram Sood | 12 Aug , 2013 4 comments
No lunch in Lahore yet

Peace with Pakistan is desirable. But it’s also a grievous error of judgement to misread smiles when behind them lie murderous intentions. Peace between nations is a laudable objective and countries have fought wars in the name of peace. Pakistan started four wars against India, not counting the skirmish in the Rann of Kutch and the endless...

More

Don’t over react to incidents on the LoC
Don’t over react to incidents on the LoC

Recent incident of killing of Indian soldiers along the Loc in J and K, has been, somewhat, blown out of proportion, which could possibly impact on the efforts to improve India – Pak relations.  Such incidents or violation of peace agreement at the Loc in J and K are not uncommon. It would be grossly wrong to equate these with, say, attack...

More

New hurdles on the road to peace in Kabul
Kanwal Sibal | 08 Aug , 2013 0 comments
New hurdles on the road to peace in Kabul

In 2014, power will be transferred to a new president in Afghanistan. The army of the United States of America will complete its withdrawal and the Afghan National Security Forces will assume responsibility for the country’s security. All these transitions seem precarious. The ANSF may have the numbers and may be performing well but that...

More

Nepal's Crimson Deluge Complete

On June 13, a major explosion of China’s soft power in Nepal went largely unnoticed in India. This was the gala opening of the Confucius Institute in Kathmandu University co-established by Hebei University of Economics and Business, with full support from Office of Chinese Language Council International. Zheng Xianglin, Chinese Ambassador to...

More

Is China nervous?
Vikram Sood | 25 Jul , 2013 1 comment
Is China nervous?

India needs to remain wary of China given that country’s behaviour in the last few years, despite the smiles, handshakes and all those diplomatic niceties with noble intentions. There has been little movement on core strategic issues like the boundary as we derived disproportionate satisfaction out of burgeoning bilateral trade with adverse...

More