Nepal treads a perilous path

Shyam Saran, Business Standard 8 Dec 2015 Projecting a Pahari-Madhesi divide as reflecting an India-Nepal divide grossly distorts the reality on the ground. The contrived controversy over the so-called blockade of the India-Nepal border has obscured the perilous path on which the current ruling elite in Nepal is taking the country. A deliberate and risky…

Delhi to Rawalpindi

C. Rajamohan, Indian Express 11 Dec 2015 After much trial and error, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have found an appropriate framework for engaging Pakistan. New Delhi’s challenge now is to hold its nerve, amid the reflexive criticism at home of the government’s Pakistan policy, and make something of the political space that Modi and…

Asian G-2: Modi and Abe are drawn together

C, Rajamohan, Indian Express 11 Dec 2015 It has been the received wisdom for decades that neither Japan nor India can lead Asia in the 21st century. After its Asian ambition was gutted by a comprehensive defeat in World War II, Japan was constrained by its peace constitution. Newly independent India began with the dream…

The crisis enveloping Europe

M. K. Narayanan, The Hindu 10 Dec 2015 The combination of geo-economics and geopolitics is today fuelling a degree of paranoia. Many in Europe see the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris as the precursor to a fresh wave of violence across the continent.  The world has been looking to the COP-21 (2015 United Nations…

Is China’s Maritime Silk Road A Military Strategy?

Anthony Kleven, The Diplomat 8 Dec 2015 Did Xi Jinping just acknowledge that the Maritime Silk Road has, in fact, a strong military dimension? That seems to be the case, following a joint declaration made with his Djibouti counterpart, Ismail Omar Guelleh (IOG), on the sidelines of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in…

A Fillip for the TAPI Pipeline

Michael Tanchum, The Diplomat 3 Dec 2015 Construction on the long-stalled Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline will soon commence with ground-breaking ceremonies scheduled for December 13. In the run-up to the start of construction the previously troubled pipeline project is poised to receive new financial backing from an international oil company based in the United…