Pakistan’s War against India is not a Proxy War; it is War through Asymmetric Means

The Pakistan Army and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) — known as the ‘deep state’ — have been waging a war against India through asymmetric means as part of their strategy of ‘bleeding India through a thousand cuts’. Pakistan’s war began in the early-1980s when the deep state backed militancy in Punjab. The war was intensified in 1989-90 when the Pakistan army and the ISI began to support an uprising in Jammu and Kashmir.

Loose Cannons, Generals and US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era

President Elect Donald Trump has a few weeks more to remain in the ‘loose cannon’ mode before he is fully accountable for what he utters. For over a year he has been trumpeting his wares, his mind and his ideas on a nation which is seriously in a state of regression. The entire Trump phenomenon arose out of a sense of insecurity brought on by the failure of post-cold war international configurations that the US sought to create. The so called restructuring of the new world order at a time of fundamental change in the way the world exists and does business could not succeed.

What makes Pakistan’s New Army Chief Special?

The appointment of Lt. Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief of Pakistan army has set to rest the speculation on who would succeed Gen Raheel Sharif, but will intensify the debate about the future trajectory of tenuous Civil-Military relationship.

Revamping the National Drug Policy

One of the most contentious issues that successive Governments have grappled with since the last four decades but never quite got it right, is the formulation of a national drug policy. Various efforts were made to get the correct balance between the legitimate interests of the consumers and those of the pharmaceutical industry, but they left both the parties dissatisfied. While the consumers believed that Governments have often buckled to pressure from the strong drug manufacturing lobby, the industry lamented that it was expected to perform while being shackled from all sides.

Of Good and Bad Populists that Shape Nation’s Politics

A new wave of populism appears to be sweeping across Europe; western and eastern. Populist leaders have sprouted all over, gaining (or having gained) public support. A new narrative, an alternative brand of politics is being shaped. The trend is evident all over — from the United States of America to Britain to France, and even in Greece, Finland, Hungary and Poland. Most of it is Right-wing; some Left-driven.

Meet the New Chief; Same as the Old Chief?

In all the anticipation and excitement surrounding the announcement of the appointment of Pakistan’s next Army Chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, the lines from an old ‘The Who’ song, appropriately titled (when seen in the context of Indo-Pak relations in general and the Pakistan Army in particular) ‘Won’t get fooled again’, immediately come to mind: meet the new boss, same as the old boss. The question mark in the title is only to leave some wriggle room and not behave too much as a wet blanket even before the new boss of Pakistan has assumed office.

दक्षिण चीन सागर विवाद: गलती ठीक करना

चीन ने संयुक्त राष्ट्र समुद्री कानून संधि (अनक्लोस) पर हस्ताक्षर किए हैं, अमेरिका ने नहीं। दक्षिण चीन सागर लगभग चालीस वर्ग किलोमीटर क्षेत्र में फैला है। अनुमान है कि यहां से समुद्र के रास्ते प्रतिवर्ष लगभग 5 लाख करोड़ डॉलर का व्यापार होता है और दुनिया के एक तिहाई व्यापारिक जहाज हर वर्ष यहीं से गुजरते हैं। यह दुनिया में व्यापार के सबसे महत्वपूर्ण रास्तों में से है। इसमें ऊर्जा और समुद्री जीवन की प्रचुर संभावनाएं हैं। यहां 11 अरब बैरल तेल और 190 लाख करोड़ घन फुट प्राकृतिक गैस का भंडार होने का अनुमान है। दुनिया भर में जो मछलियां पकड़ी जाती हैं, उनका 12 प्रतिशत हिस्सा दक्षिण चीन सागर में ही होने का अ

When Leaders Must Flex Muscles to Demonstrate Intent of Purpose

Ever since the Union Government sounded the demonetisation bugle on November 8, various political leaders and sundry experts have been busy categorising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. The opinions, like a functional oscillator, swing from one extreme end to the other. Those in favour have called the Prime Minister strong, effective and courageous; and those against have condemned him as immature who does not have the competence to have thought through the disruptive decision.

चीन के उभार और पाकिस्तान के साथ उसकी सांठगांठ का सामना

हिंद-प्रशांत क्षेत्र में शांति एवं स्थिरता सुनिश्चित करने में सबसे बड़ी चुनौती सैन्य मामलों में अड़ियल और आक्रामक चीन है, जो “अनुकूल सामरिक स्थिति” पाने की कोशिश कर रहा है। अपने चार आधुनिकीकरण अभियान पूरे करने के बेहद करीब आकर चीन ने ‘अपनी ताकत छिपाने और अपना समय आने की प्रतीक्षा करने’ की देंग शियाओपिंग की 24 सूत्री रणनीति खारिज कर दी है और अपनी सैन्य ताकत का प्रदर्शन शुरू कर दिया है। चीन को पता है कि हिंद-प्रशांत क्षेत्र में सुरक्षा निर्वात उभर रहा है और वह उसे भरने की कोशिश में जुटा है। भारत को हिंद-प्रशांत में शांति एवं स्थिरता के लिए, साझे वैश्विक हितों की रक्षा के लिए सहयोगी सुरक्षा ढांचा ब