The Khalistan issue got a fresh lease of life after the advent of the Trudeau government, his liberal party benefiting from strong Sikh support.
Many of the themes in the joint statement issued at the end of the Iranian President’s visit hark back to a decade and a half when meaningful engagement between India and Iran had ceased.
The Modi government’s conundrum is that if it rides the jingoism tiger, it will have to retaliate against Pakistan – but that will risk conflict between two nuclear armed nations.
Raising Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan is justified, given India’s strategic interests, but by talking about Balochistan, Modi has entered a territory fraught with complications.
If the result generates strife and tension, the world will be increasingly wary of taking major decisions this way.
If Indian diplomacy has to succeed, the skill needed to engage the new Iran will have to be greater and sensitivity to their concerns adequately factored in.
With the UAE it has been a case of letting ties drift and opportunities slip by. That must now change
The Pathankot attack comes not as a surprise but as an affirmation of what many commentators had anticipated after Narendra Modi’s dramatic stop over at Lahore – that Pakistani spoilers of the renewed peace process were likely to test the resolve of the two prime ministers. What remained to be […]
The worry, however, is that come election time in West Bengal and Assam, the electoral machine of the BJP may hijack the government’s Pakistan policy once again.
Hopefully, Prime Minister Modi will at some stage retrieve his Pakistan policy from the security and intelligence lobby.
India needs to fine tune its strategy, rather than lurch from one development to another. Involving the External Affairs Minister at every step will be a good idea
The Modi government needs to understand that unbridled rhetoric, poor messaging and the failure to build public opinion in line with its mood swings can only land badly, like the unclaimed and splintered drone.
The attack on the Vice President came not from the intemperate fringe of the sangh parivar but from Ram Madhav, a responsible leader who serves as a vital link between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS.
The correct procedure would have been for Sushma Swaraj to inform the Enforcement Directorate of the ‘humanitarian’ grounds on which Lalit Modi needed to be helped, and to then authorise the issue of a short-duration Indian passport
The idea that India can afford to ignore Pakistan is based on the wrong assumption that its economy and regional clout are declining.