Bilateral Ties to Move Forward During Nepali PM Oli's Visit to India

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who had surprisingly been the most vocal critic of India, at times even taking his criticism to personal level, using undiplomatic language, seems to have finally relented by deciding to pay an official visit to India from February 19 to 23, 2016. His tough anti-India tirade was due to border blockade by Madhesi agitators which he and his government and the party attributed to the government of India. He even, unsuccessfully and rather ill-advisedly, played the China card.

Prime Minister’s address to Military leaders: No clarity on National Security Strategy

In his address to the Chiefs of Staff and the Commanders-in-Chief of the armed forces on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on December 15, 2015, the Prime Minister made a rare statement on India’s defence policy. The PM lauded the sacrifices and the role played by the armed forces in defending India’s borders and in protecting the citizens. He complimented them for their stellar contribution in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Nepal, Yemen and Chennai.

Memo to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Memo to FM: An education bank, easy loans to India Uninc, tax breaks for savers – and my dog

Since it is customary to give unsolicited advice to the finance minister in the run-up to the budget, here are some. In order to make it easy for the finance minister to quickly get the gist, the suggestions are short, and, in most cases, the operative details are in bullet points.

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PLA Reform, Reorganisation, Restructuring and Implications for India

In a clear demonstration of his authority and confidence over the New Year, Chinese President Xi Jinping began implementing the crucial second phase of military reforms announced earlier on September 3, 2015. The reorganisation and restructuring of the 2.3 million-strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA), described by Chinese analysts as the most “extensive” ever and which has been on the drawing board since well before 2011, is the most critical reform initiative taken by Xi Jinping since he took over in November 2012.

Pakistan and The Saudi-Iran Face-Off

Pakistan’s diplomatic plate is full. The skill of its leadership and diplomats is being tested as they negotiate an unfolding regional situation.

Challenges India Faces in Resuming Dialogue with Pakistan

Prime Minister Modi’s dialogue initiative towards Pakistan is premised on its stated willingness to make no distinction between good and bad terrorists, which implies a readiness to eliminate not only terrorists attacking targets within Pakistan but also those who target India. How Pakistan deals with the Pathankot attack will indicate the sincerity of its protestations.

Diffidence, Defiance and Delusion: Maldives in Denial

'That which springs from comfort & consolation,
is delusion of perception;
For truth is absolute,
not contingent on convenience'

Maverick Pakistan : Army Leading It to Oblivion

The Pakistan Army continues to baffle. Known to be the power behind Pakistan’s foreign and security related policies its hold is also for the purpose of perpetuating its control over Pakistan’s polity and in fact almost every facet of existence of the nation. From 1977 onwards, when General Zia ul Haq overthrew Zulfiqar Bhutto, the control of the Army has been all pervading, even as democracy prevails.

India’s Greatest Military Victory: The Role played by Lt Gen JFR Jacob in the Liberation of Bangladesh

At 93, one of India’s great military icons, Lt Gen JFR Jacob passed away in Delhi on Wednesday. Jakes to friends and colleagues, Lt Gen Jacob was a regular visitor to Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF). One of the important protagonists in India's greatest military victory, long be remembered for his qualities of head and heart, the quintessential General Officer difficult to find today. Here's our heartfelt tribute to him.