Category Archives: Asia

How Modi convinced India to celebrate a ‘surgical strike’ that never actually happened

By Shajeel Zaidi Sparta, a warrior city in ancient Greece, was known for the ferocity of its soldiers. But while its soldiers might have been the best in the ancient world, its citizens were not far behind when it came

Why Rafale and S-400 missile system will not give India’s defence sector an edge

The government’s defence of the deal for 36 Rafale jets is not credible, and so is the multi-billion dollar S-400 deal which has no technology offsets By Bharat Karnad The current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government

The (IM) permanent Indo US partnership

By Ayesha Abbasi In recent years both the United States and India committed themselves to an enduring partnership first through what was called a “strategic handshake” and later through a “technological handshake”. These initiatives further precipitated when both sides realized

Modi’s economy is getting better, but Indians are worse off

Modi’s economy is growing fast. And it is expected to grow even faster in the near future, beating China’s By Panos Mourdoukoutas That’s according to the recently published IMF World Economic Outlook, which predicts that India’s economy will grow at

Indian Punjab Referendum 2020 for Khalistan

The Sikhs determination to make Indian Punjab a separate country for them is a long standing requirement because of the injustices done to them, as a minority in India By Col (R) Muhammad Hanif As published in the Mail on

Ugly face of BJP – ruled India

By Munir Akram India’s concocted reasons for cancelling the foreign ministers meeting in New York, rather than revealing Imran Khan’s “true face”, as the external affairs ministry statement asserted, exposed the ugly face of India’s BJP-RSS regime. Imran Khan was

‘Straight as a jalebi’

By Ashraf Jehangir Qazi In his latest book, Fear, Bob Woodward notes Trump had initially insisted “Afghanistan is a total disaster. We don’t know what we are doing. Let’s get out”. After becoming president he found his generals opposed his

China in Afghanistan A reluctant leader with growing stakes

By Raffaello Pantucci Afghanistan remains an awkward fit within China’s Belt and Road Initiative concept. Look at most maps of Xi Jinping’s keynote foreign policy concept cutting a route across Eurasia, and they tend to go tidily around Afghanistan. But

‘It is an open war on police’ Fear spreads as families of J-K cops turn collateral

Militants abducted two more relatives of Jammu and Kashmir policemen on Friday taking the number to 11 within the last three days By Ashiq Hussain Alarm and despair spread among the Jammu and Kashmir policemen and their families after a

Getting caught in spider’s web

India doesn’t seem to have come away with much from the 2+2 dialogue With the inaugural session of the 2+2 US-Indian dialogue of foreign and defence ministers held in New Delhi last Thursday, the Modi government’s foreign policy has taken