Commentaries & Articles
A New Kashmir in the Making
The abrogation of Article 370, nearly two years back, effectively marked the end of Kashmir’s special status. Indeed, this was nothing short of a revolution. It unleashed a series of sweeping changes, ushering in an era of tectonic transformation and a decisive strategic shift in India’s approach towards security matters, democratic emancipation of millions of citizens living as stateless orphans without voting rights. It gave a major jolt to the deeply entrenched ecosystem of terrorism, separatism, and radicalisation thriving on drug money, killings and threats.
Blinken’s India Visit: Taking Strategic Partnership to the “Next Level”
The just concluded visit of the US Secretary of State Blinken to India merits keen scrutiny coming as it has on the cusps of regional developments in Afghanistan, global pandemic management, forthcoming meetings on the Indo Pacific and a host of ongoing global issues such as climate change amongst others. While the visit did cover a lot of ground, what was keenly awaited was the signal on how it would frame forthcoming counters to the China challenge.
Regional Cooperation in BIMSTEC in Post-COVID-19 World
The Bay of Bengal region is home to roughly 1.6 billion people, around 23% of the world population. The COVID-19 crisis has hit each individual and economy in the world. Join Dr. Prabir De and Cchavi Vasisht in this podcast to discuss the prospects for regional integration in the post-COVID-19 world.
POK: Election or Selection?
POK underwent the 11th general election on 25th July. The outcome held no surprise. It is invariably the party in power in Islamabad, which wins the election in the territory. The outgoing regime of Raja Farouk Haider was elected when PML (N) of Nawaz Sharif was in power in Islamabad. The State Assembly has 53 seats. This includes 33 general seats, 12 refugee seats, and 8 reserved seats for women, technocrats, and overseas Kashmiris. The reserved seats are divided amongst the parties on the basis of their performance in the first two categories. Hence, they do not affect the balance.
Afghan Lives Matter: Part 1- Role of Pakistan and her Emerging Dilemma
(This article is Part 1 of two parts’ series; second part will be on the Taliban role and what to expect from them and what does one make of the chorus of voices one sees in favour of Taliban and why any such outreach will take us nowhere.)
BIMSTEC: Potential Arena of Maritime Convergences and Capacity Building
BIMSTEC member states (apart from landlocked countries- Nepal and Bhutan) are connected via maritime boundaries of the Bay of Bengal. It is the direct linking factor between the littorals. To discuss the importance of maritime connectivity, join Dr Probal K Ghosh and Cchavi Vasisht in this episode of the podcast.
Xi Jinping Visit to Tibet is Important and has Implications for India
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) at Nyingchi’s Mainling Airport on July 21 at the start of a two-day (July 21-23) visit, without prior public notice. The visit, which comes shortly before the 70th anniversary of the “peaceful liberation” of Tibet, is important. With this visit Chinese President Xi Jinping has given impetus to the initiatives on ethnic unity, promoting Mandarin as the primary language in ethnic schools in TAR, adapting Tibetan Buddhism to socialism with Chinese characteristics and combatting separatism, etc.
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