Interviews/Spotlights

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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Assessing Sino-Indian Relations in 2021:A Chinese Perspective

Assessing Sino-Indian Relations in 2021:A Chinese Perspective

By: Dr Siwei Liu | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Jan , 2021

The year 2020 was the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and India, but their ties as one of the most important bilateral relations in Asia has experienced...

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Myanmar: Is the Military Planning a Take over?

Myanmar: Is the Military Planning a Take over?

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 29 Jan , 2021

Myanmar is heading towards a very serious Constitutional Crisis with the Army Chief openly declaring that the 2008 Constitution should be given up if it is “not abided by.”  This is perhaps...

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Balochistan: Where Even the Dead are ‘Abducted’

Balochistan: Where Even the Dead are ‘Abducted’

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Jan , 2021

The news of Pakistani authorities taking away mortal remains of a deceased Balochi lady dissident living in self-exile abroad that had been brought back to her native place for burial may...

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Soldiers: The Rajput and Brahman

Soldiers: The Rajput and Brahman

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 26 Jan , 2021

In the early days, before the British Raj had spread North and West, there was a period when the Bengal Army was enlisted almost exclusively from the high-caste Hindu. In the campaigns against the...

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US President Biden’s South Asia Foreign Policy Minefield

US President Biden’s South Asia Foreign Policy Minefield

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 25 Jan , 2021

South Asia in 2021 has emerged as a geopolitical minefield where the strategic landscape has twisted on its head reducing United States to be challenged by China & Pakistan, put together, which...

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Theatre Commands – A Conceptual Approach

Theatre Commands – A Conceptual Approach

By: Col Samir Srivastava | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 24 Jan , 2021

What should Theatre Commands essentially be? There is little information on the on-going deliberations regarding theaterisation emanating from the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). In the...

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Kashmiri Pandits: The Longest Night

Kashmiri Pandits: The Longest Night

By: Col (Dr) Tej Kumar Tikoo (Retd.) | Issue: Book Excerpt: Kashmir: Its Aborigines and their Exodus | Date: 23 Jan , 2021

Here is an eye witness account of that night by Capt S.K. Tikoo (Retd), who along with his family experienced the orchestrated happenings, first hand.1 The Longest Night “January 19, 1990....

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Decline of a Superpower – Trump brings down the US to the Bihar-Bengal-UP...

Decline of a Superpower – Trump brings down the US to the Bihar-Bengal-UP...

By: Jay Bhattacharjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Jan , 2021

We do not have to be admirers or students of Edward Gibbon when we look at the events across the Atlantic in the last four years, as President Trump and his Republican Party cohorts almost managed...

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India Beefs up Air force with Indigenous Fighter Jets: Dawn of a New Era in...

India Beefs up Air force with Indigenous Fighter Jets: Dawn of a New Era in...

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 21 Jan , 2021

 “Quantity has a quality, all its own,” is a phrase attributed to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. He was referring to Russia’s numerical preponderance in men and machines, which had brought the...

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Is there a good China hand in Biden team?

Is there a good China hand in Biden team?

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Jan , 2021

(The article was originally published in ftchinese.com. it was subsequently carried on the Chinese website https://6do.news/article/3567415-61) Original Article in Chinese:...

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India and China Swap Roles amid Nepal Political Crisis

India and China Swap Roles amid Nepal Political Crisis

By: Mohak Gambhir | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 19 Jan , 2021

As Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved Nepal’s parliament on Dec 20 last year[1], the country quickly descended into political turmoil again after a short stint of the Nepal Communist...

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Xi's Mega Projects: Should India Worry?

Xi's Mega Projects: Should India Worry?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 18 Jan , 2021

On the occasion of the New Year, President Xi Jinping called the Communist Party “a gigantic vessel that navigates China’s stable and long-term development;” he stated: “Upholding the...

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A Glimpse of Life in the Army

A Glimpse of Life in the Army

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Armed Forces | Date: 17 Jan , 2021

Many of us wonder what the Army does in peacetime when there is no war on. Some people believe that they live a life of luxury, drink a lot and generally waste their time in playing golf or card...

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Approach towards Kashmir in 2021

Approach towards Kashmir in 2021

By: Maj Gen Harsha Kakar | Issue: Courtesy: www.dailyexcelsior.com | Date: 16 Jan , 2021

The year 2020 commenced with the UT under the spoke of security forces as a fall out of abrogation of article 370. COVID 19 restrictions added to those already prevalent in the region. Senior...

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Fiscal Mismanagement will lead to Disastrous Consequences in Pakistan

Fiscal Mismanagement will lead to Disastrous Consequences in Pakistan

By: Dr Simrit Kahlon | Issue: Courtesy: www.defenceinfo.com | Date: 15 Jan , 2021

Pakistan’s economy has been hurtling southwards for more than a decade now. Its present growth rate, hovering around 2-3 percent, makes it one of the lowest growing economies in South Asia...

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Storm of the Swarms: Lessons for India

Storm of the Swarms: Lessons for India

By: Ajinkya Jadhav | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 14 Jan , 2021

“I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.” — Claude Shannon The fourth industrial revolution has brought forth the evolution...

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The Most Serious Strategic Development on Indian Frontiers

The Most Serious Strategic Development on Indian Frontiers

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 13 Jan , 2021

One of the most secret projects of President Xi Jinping is to open a new link between Xinjiang and Tibet. The two restive Autonomous Regions border India, particularly the Ladakh region, which is...

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US-China Policies 2021: Incoming President Joe Biden cannot ignore ‘China...

US-China Policies 2021: Incoming President Joe Biden cannot ignore ‘China...

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Date: 12 Jan , 2021

United States China-Policies 2021 under incoming President Joe Biden are under global cynosure more than in earlier decades not because United States has changed but because China since 2013 has...

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Security State of Affairs in J&K Post Abrogation of Article 370

Security State of Affairs in J&K Post Abrogation of Article 370

By: Col Sumita Pattanayak | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 11 Jan , 2021

On August 5, 2019, in a significant move, the Government of India (GoI) abrogated Article 370, ending the semi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). With that, a pronouncement was also...

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