IN today’s India, secular liberals face a challenge: how to stay alive.
In August, 77-year-old scholar M. M. Kalburgi, an outspoken critic of Hindu idol worship, was gunned down on his own doorstep. In February, the communist leader Govind Pansare was killed near Mumbai. And in . . . → Read More: How India is killing the free speech
A fifty year old Muslim man was beaten to death, and critically injured his 22 year old son by a mob of about 100 people alleging that the family ate beef in the house, in a bizarre incident near the capital city of India, New Delhi. The Indian Express reported that the incident . . . → Read More: The secular India and the minorities: Whats the beef
(By Dr Subhash Kapila) Russia’s strategic pivot to Pakistan is not an aberration arising from India’s growing proximity to the United States but a well calibrated long-term strategic gamble that Russia has resorted to, hoping that in concert with China’s over-sized strategic investments in Pakistan, strategic and economic dividends could accrue to Russia also.
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It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war and the spate of newspaper articles and television discussions has, ironically, provoked an intriguing question and a potentially disturbing controversy. Today, I’d like to address both.
First the question: Was 1965 “a decisive victory” as defence minister Manohar Parrikar has claimed? Or is the official history, commissioned . . . → Read More: Why India gave up its “victory” of 1965 war
“When I lived in Pakistan, I lived as a Hindu, [but] when I migrated to India in search of safety and dignity, I have been given a cold shoulder for being a Pakistani,” lamented Amar Ram, 20, who migrated to India in April last year.
His complaint illustrates the irony of the bind in which . . . → Read More: Pakistani Hindus not any better off in India
“The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero, compared to the
lion who overcomes himself.”
– Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
Can Pakistan overcome itself? India’s hawks, motivated by a range of different sentiments (including the grand civilisational angst of the Indian right wing), and lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are trying to . . . → Read More: Indian provocations and Pakistan’s reactions
(By TOBY DALTON, MICHAEL KREPON) Pakistan has worked hard and successfully to build diverse nuclear capabilities. It will retain these capabilities for the foreseeable future as a necessary deterrent against perceived existential threats from India. At this juncture, Pakistan’s military leadership in Rawalpindi can choose to accept success in achieving a “strategic” deterrent against India . . . → Read More: Expectations from Pakistan’s nuclear stance
Many observers tend to assume that India will play a large and growing part as a great power in a wider ‘Indo-Pacific’ strategic system, that it will use its growing power to balance and limit China’s regional weight. But some caution is called for — although this outcome is possible, it is far from inevitable.
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India has more of tanks, guns, aircraft and ships than Pakistan. But more assets don’t always translate into victory. Pakistan, at the strategic level, scores heavily over India in terms of war control, command and coordination
Given the acrimonious relations between India and Pakistan, and the regular accusations and counter-accusations by both sides, foreign analysts . . . → Read More: Indian army lacks capability to fight