Commentaries & Articles
2010: India's undeclared year of Africa
An objective evaluation of changing contours of our engagement with Africa, especially in light of significant developments in 2010, might interest Africa watchers and others. Conceptual richness and consistency appear to characterise recent interactions, although their impact may still take a while to be felt tangibly. Backdrop
A Game Theory For Pakistani Politics
With the exit from the government of the Maulana Fazlur Rehman led faction of the Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUIF), the perpetually buffeted – by an overbearing military, an hyper active and interventionist judiciary, a hostile media and fickle and demanding allies – PPP-led coalition government in Pakistan is facing yet another bout of instability. The wily Maulana has walked out of the coalition at a time when it was contending with multiple crises.
A Perspective on Premier Wen’s Visit: No Material Change in Sino-Indian Equation
Behind the usual bonhomie exhibited after the issue of joint communiqué by India and China post Prime Minister Wen Jia Bao's visit basic issue that needs to be addressed is what are the major take aways? Were the concerns of the two countries addressed adequately particularly if the objective of the visit as spelt out by the Indian spokesman was to maintain continuity in the relationship and prevent any accident in mutual relations to derail them?
Pipedreams About Pipelines
The superlatives being attributed to the signing of the Inter-Government Agreement (IGA) and the Gas Pipeline Framework Agreement (GPFA) for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline appear rather farfetched especially when seen in light of the obstacles that stand in the way of implementing this mega-project. On paper, the benefits of the TAPI pipeline are undeniable for all the countries that fall in the route of the pipeline.
Wikileaks cables show India's faulty diplomacy
The failure of our diplomatic offensive against Pakistan after the 26/11 attacks rests in part on our faulty tactics. The Wikileaks disclosures are a part of the classified US diplomatic traffic comprising, as is the norm, not only of reportage of discussions but also of analysis and recommendations.
Sino-Indian Equation: Time for a Reset
India’s China policy has been marked by friendship, sentimentalism, fear, diffidence, appeasement, brinksmanship, wishful thinking and engagement. Of late, despite positive political overtures, there are undercurrents of growing negativism in the relations. Indo-China bilateral relations need to be framed from geo-strategic perspective of the two countries and their behaviour. China sees and behaves as a global and pre-eminent power in Asia as well as in its relations with India, thus fall within the framework of engagement in terms of maintaining favourable strategic balance.
Engaging China: Underscoring India’s Core Interests
Why is Premier Wen Jiabao’s Visit Now?
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