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Addressing the China Challenge

(This is a modified version of the talk delivered by Mr. Satish Chandra, Vice Chairman, VIF at the Panchnad Research Institute recently) I propose to dwell essentially on three issues namely the nature and gravity of this challenge, its...

Iran Revisited: Analysing India-Iran Relations

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Only recently President Rouhani took a dig at their so called strategic partners and friends who failed to stand up to the bullying by the USA even during the pandemic that had affected Iran probably worst in the...

Deconstructing China Pakistan Economic Corridor- Is it Viable?

Covid-19 crisis has compelled the world to re- envision its strategies of cooperation and contestation with China. International community has demanded an investigation of the origin of virus putting the spotlight firmly on China. However, these...

The Shifting Strategic Connotations of Line(s) of Control

The Line of Control (LOC), the Line of Actual Control (LAC) hereinafter the LINES, and the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, are denoted by huge dissimilarities, as chalk and cheese. The...

Pakistan Puts its Foot into its Mouth

Making a nuisance of yourself is a special art which only a few can master. This often happens when you are blinded by some misplaced priorities and others can see through your game. This is what happened when Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood...

Pakistan’s 14th Amendment Act: Forcible Annexation and Hidden Chinese Colonial Project

It seems that the Indian media is either completely oblivious of devastating developments happening in Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, or they hardly seem to bother about it. As one can see, several mainstream media outlets of India ran...

Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi’s Visit to China

The recently concluded 2nd Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue has drawn considerable media attention. The Joint Press Statement issued has come a long way from the statement issued in November 2018, when Prime Minister...

Discussion on India, China and South Asian Neighbours

On 09 July 2020, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) hosted an online discussion on “India, China and South Asian Neighbours”. Dr Arvind Gupta delivered the opening remarks followed by presentations by Dr Raj Verma and Dr Atul Aneja. From...

Pakistan Stock Exchange Attack— BLA’s Thwarted Attempt

“You can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours. You know, eventually, those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.”1 - Hillary Rodham Clinton The “snake” of terrorism has bitten its...

Pakistan: Worsening Economic Condition

Pakistan was already going through an economic slowdown when the COVID outbreak took place. It had received the US $ 6 billion of assistance from the IMF under Extended Fund Facility last year. The money came with conditions. The IMF policy of...

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