बहुधा दृष्टिकोण

जब 9/11 की तबाही हुई, उस दौरान मैं विश्व बैंक में बतौर कार्यकारी निदेशक वर्ल्ड वाशिंगटन डी सी में था। इस त्रासदी के परिणाम स्वरुप यह प्रत्येक बुद्धिजीवी का चलन हो गया कि वह इन दो प्रश्न पर बहस करे कि 'क्या गलत हुआ, और 'लोग हमसे नफरत क्यों करते हैं (अमेरिकियों से). मैं भी ऐसी एक बैठक में गया जो तबाही के मात्र दस दिनों के अंदर हुई थी। बैठक में बहुत प्रभावशाली समूह था और मुझे अध्यक्ष के तकरीबन ठीक सामने बिठाया गया।

Terrorism as an Entitlement for talks?

In a recent interview Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, levelled a preposterous charge that India was using terrorism as an excuse for not talking to Pakistan. He also claimed, rather disingenuously, that Pakistan had cooperated with India on the Pathankot terror attack and it was not justified to blame Pakistan for not doing enough.

The Ins & Outs of Infiltration: The Real Problem in J&K - Part 1

People who meet me socially often get into discussions on J&K. I find most of them have visited the state as tourists and have considerable interest in the security situation. Besides never being able to perceive why there is such large presence of the uniform all over the Valley, especially the tourist spots, the airport or even the Boulevard the other most common question to me is something which astounds. They invariably feel that the Indian Army has failed in its job because we do not seem to be able to stop Pakistan sponsored terrorists infiltrating into J&K.

Prime Minister Modi's US Visit: An Analysis

Modi's official working visit to the US earlier this month at Obama's invitation can, without doubt, be rated as an outstanding success. This assessment derives from the tangibles emanating from the 50 paragraph joint statement put out by the two sides as well as from the intangibles resulting from Modi's endeavours to win the hearts and minds of the American people, business community, and leaders.

Power Transition in Myanmar and Indo-Myanmar Relations

The new government in Myanmar headed by President Htin Kyaw of National League for Democracy though de facto led by Aung San Suu Kyi has completed over two months in power. The current Myanmar regime faces many daunting challenges both at home as also in its evolving relationships with neighours and other major powers.

Internally, speeding up the peace process and reconciliation with the numerous ethnic armed groups of Myanmar remains one of the key issues that need to be dealt with in an earlier timeframe.

पाकिस्तान को एफ-16 दिए जाने पर अमेरिका का पीठ दिखानाः क्या यह एक वास्तविकता है?

पाकिस्तान के लिए एफ -16 उन्नत लड़ाकू विमानों की आपूर्ति पर अमेरिकी कांग्रेस का पीछे हटने की घटना, नीतिगत फैसला कम और हताशा से जन्मी कार्रवाई ज्यादा प्रतीत होती है। इस कार्रवाई ने पाकिस्तान के लिए एक अस्थायी असुविधा उत्पन्न कर दी है। समझौते के अनुसार, पाकिस्तान को 270 मिलियन डॉलर का भुगतान करना था और शेष 430 मिलियन डॉलर अमेरिका की ओर से सहायतार्थ आना था। अमेरिकी कॉग्रेस ने अपने हिस्से की अदायगी से मना कर दिया, नतीजतन पाकिस्तान को पूरे 700 मिलियन डॉलर का भुगतान अकेले ही करना पड़ता। तकनीकी तौर पर विमान की बिक्री अभी भी अवरुद्ध नहीं हुई है; लेकिन कम से कम यह अब मुफ्त भोजन की तरह नहीं रह गया जो वर्षा

Vietnam and The South China Sea

The South China dispute has seen a recent spike in activity with the US Navy conducting a Freedom of Navigation patrol and Chinese fighters intercepting an American reconnaissance aircraft in the past few weeks. The much talked about case filed by Philippines in the Permanent Court of Arbitration against China’s excessive maritime claims reaching a head by early June. China claims almost the entire South China Sea as its territory within the ‘Nine-Dash Line’.

Muddying the waters

Yopa mayatanam veda ayatanam bhavati
He who knows the source of water, becomes established in his Self
-- from Taithreeya Aranyakam (1.22) of Yajur Veda

Water, the life resource, appears to be draining out of our very being.

The recurring monsoon failures in India have delivered us one of the worst droughts in 30 years, blighted the

earth, scorched the crops, spelt ruin and death for the farmers who nourish us, and threatened our water and food security.

उइगर समस्याः चीन सरकार को चिंता क्यों?

शिनचियांग उइगर स्वायत्तशासी क्षेत्र मुख्य रूप से उइगर समस्या तथा केंद्र सरकार के साथ उनके टकराव के कारण चीन के लिए संवेदनशील क्षेत्र बन गया है। यह लेख उइगरों के इतिहास तथा चीन सरकार के साथ उनके मोहभंग के कारणों की संक्षेप में पड़ताल करेगा।

कौन हैं उइगर?

The Role of The Rajya Sabha - What was Envisaged and What has Become of It

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is expected to improve its numbers in the Rajya Sabha after the present round of biennial elections, but it is still some distance away from gaining a majority in this House. Which means that the ruling coalition, which is around 50 short of the mid-way mark in the 245-member House, will still be hostage to the obstructionist tactics of a hostile opposition.