Commentaries & Articles
Tensions in Taiwan Strait must not be Allowed to Develop into a Regional/Global Crisis – Part I
The island nation of Taiwan is caught in the cross-fire between the US-China spat and navigating through turbulent waters after Beijing almost violently reacted by firing missiles into the Taiwanese waters in response to the US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s surprise visit to Taiwan. This stoked tensions further. Not to remain quiet and with a view to send a strong message to Beijing that Washington would not abandon Taiwan in any circumstance and defend if the island nation comes under Chinese attack, more foreign delegations queued up to visit Taiwan in defiance of China.
Next Step in Disengagement in Eastern Ladakh and Contemplating Larger Implications
On 8th September 2022, 50 days after the 16th Round of China-India Corps Commander Level Meeting at Chushul-Moldo in Eastern Ladakh, consensus was reached on disengagement of the Chinese and Indian troops in the area of Jianan La (Daban) also designated at PP15. Apparently, PP15 at the highest point, the Pass on the ridge line, approached along the upper reaches of Kurang Nalla, had been a sticking point, as the Chinese have constructed a road from Depsang Bulge to Jianan La. Patrolling by the Indian army patrols to the Pass was unacceptable to the PLA.
US Military Assistance Package to Pakistan will have a Direct Bearing on India’s National Security
On 7 September 2022, the US notified the US Congress that it had made a “determination” approving a possible “Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Pakistan of F-16 for sustainment and related equipment for an estimated cost of $450 million.” The decision has been taken at the request of the Pakistani government. The scope of the work, interalia, includes[1]: F-16 aircraft structural integrity, electronic combat,
भारत की स्वतंत्रता : सुभाष चन्द्र बोस और आईएनए
भारत में अंग्रेज, आजाद हिन्द फ़ौज (आईएनए) के अस्तित्व से लेकर उनसे जुड़ी हर खबर को छिपाने का प्रयास निरंतर करते रहे. परिणामस्वरूप आजाद हिन्द फ़ौज के विषय में भारतीय अंजान ही रहे. अंग्रेज आजाद हिन्द फ़ौज को जापान से प्रेरित सेना बताते थे. वे यह दर्शाने का प्रयास करते थे कि कुछ कैदी युद्ध के दौरान अंग्रेजी शासन की कठोर नीति एवं परिश्रम से बचने के लिए जापानियों से जुड़ गए थे. अंग्रेजों ने सुभाष चन्द्र बोस को स्वार्थ से प्रेरित एक असंतुष्ट व्यक्ति के रूप में दर्शाया, जब आजाद हिन्द फ़ौज का परीक्षण शुरू हुआ तब भारतीयों को इस सेना के बारे में ज्ञात हुआ.
Remembering Gorbachev
“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” (William Shakespeare) Mikhail Gorbachev’s passing away on 30th August has compelled observers around the world to assess his place in history. For three decades, he has cut a tragic figure, ignored and vilified, mocked and sneered at by his own people and country. The reality is far more complex, and can be appreciated only if one has an understanding of the state of the Soviet Union when Gorbachev assumed power in March 1985.
India’s G20 Presidency
In this episode of VIF podcast, Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow at Gateway House discusses with Samir Bhattacharya, Research Associate at the Vivekananda International Foundation on India’s upcoming G20 Presidency and the associated challenges and opportunities for India. The presidency of the G20 rotates every year among members, and Indonesia holds the current presidency. The 17th G20 Summit is scheduled to take place in Bali, in November and after the event, India will assume the presidency from 1st December 2022 till 30th November 2023.
Deterrence in Asymmetries
Ashley Tellis’s book – ‘Striking Asymmetries- Nuclear Transitions in South Asia’ has caught some media attention with commentators calling for a review of India’s nuclear doctrine and posture in view of an assessed build up of nuclear arsenals by both China and Pakistan. The report argues that India has shown remarkable self restraint despite Pakistan steadily building up warheads that exceed India’s numbers as on date. Similarly, China is expected to ramp up its nuclear arsenal sharply to deter the US as it emerges as a strategic competitor to the superpower.
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