Articles

Manipur: The State under seize and the way forward - A study of contemporary setting and policy options

Jaideep Saikia (Senior Fellow, VIF)

Manipur—which literally translates into the “bejewelled land” — is the most disturbed state in the North East, accounting for 47 per cent of the insurgency related violence in the region. Perched in an isolated corner of the country,

04/10/2010
North-East Insurgency

Getting ‘Stoned’ by the Stones

Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow, VIF

Since June, the stone-pelting in Kashmir seems to have left the Indian establishment stupefied. The government, both in the state and at the centre, has been reduced to a state of paralysis, almost as though they have been ‘stoned’ by the stones.

28/09/2010
Jammu & Kashmir

Six Reasons why India is not scared of China’s Military Showdown in South Tibet (Arunachal Pradesh)


India is completely ignoring Chinese indignations and warnings despite the fact that the latter sternly cautioned the former regarding Prime Minister Monmohan Singh’s planned visit covering several parts of China’s South Tibetan region sched

21/09/2010
Translated Articles

How do Ordinary People look at Politics in China?

Debasish Chaudhuri (Research Fellow, VIF)

Liang Heng, a renouned journalist of the People’s Daily has recently discussed common man’s notion about politics in the people’s forum of the daily. The author writes on politics and knows the difficulties of publishing political articles in a

20/09/2010
China

OPEN SEASON ON PAKISTANI SHIAS

Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow, VIF

From Gilgit to Karachi and from Lahore to Quetta, extremist Sunni terrorist groups appear to have declared an open season on the minority Shia community in Pakistan. Despite the expressions of outrage and condemnation by top political leaders and civ

13/09/2010
Pakistan

Analysis: Chinese Military “Buildup” in Gilgit

Major Gen. G. D. Baxi

Selig Harrison’s report on the deployment of 7-11,000 Chinese troops in the Gilgit Region of POK has caused considerable concern in India. By way of denial the Pakistanis and Chinese have not refuted the presence of the troops but their purpose. Th

10/09/2010
Neighbourhood Studies, Defence, China, Military Affairs_91, National Security and Strategic Studies

MPs’ SALARIES - WORK LESS, EARN MORE

Dr A Surya Prakash, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

One does not know whether our MPs are aware of it, but there is widespread public resentment over the humongous salary hike that they have merrily given themselves during the recent Monsoon Session of Parliament. Public anger over this issue is occas

06/09/2010
Governance and Political Studies

India is the Bigger Victim

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF

The Jammu and Kashmir problem has imposed heavy political, diplomatic and military costs on India for the last 63 years. It has excessively conditioned our external relations, with much of our diplomacy occupied over the years with explaining to othe

01/09/2010
Jammu & Kashmir

What Strategic Ties with The US?

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF

We must make a distinction between “improved”, or even “transformed”, relations with the US and a “strategic partnership” with it. We have moved from a relationship traditionally riddled with mutual suspicion and distrust to one of increa

29/08/2010
International Relations and Diplomacy

India’s Trajectory to Regional and Global Power: Risks, Obstacles and Strengths

A K Verma (Member, VIF Advisory Board)

Many observers have commented that the 21st century belongs to India (and China). Since economics is increasingly becoming the currency of power this statement acknowledges the changing balance of power in the world and is a tribute to the growing ec

29/08/2010
Governance and Political Studies