In the first of a five part interview centred around his book, Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy, India’s former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon discusses India’s no-first-use policy regarding nuclear weapons.
On the day Pakistan surrendered to India at Dhaka, Bangladesh’s foreign minister-in-exile advised Baloch, Pakhtoon and Sindhi nationalists to launch a joint liberation struggle against Pakistan with Indian help.
Yet another India-Pakistan encounter ended with both sides jostling to control the media narrative.
The summit declaration called for regional and international cooperation to eliminate terrorism
India has chosen Amritsar as the venue for the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference to stress the importance of connectivity, with a planned visit to the Wagah border intended to underline Pakistan’s refusal to allow transit trade to Afghanistan.
The former NSA believes rightly that India’s foreign policy is best served by engaging with all major powers, while limiting their role and influence in South Asia. This task is difficult, even paradoxical, since it is unrealistic to expect that the US and China will come for the food (bilateral engagement), but won’t stay for the party (regional clout).
As the crisis in bilateral relations persists, there are signs that India’s doctrinal shift is on the verge of being outmanoeuvred by Pakistan’s swift, adaptive responses.
It is important to support and maintain the capital that we have as a champion of the developing world, India’s foreign secretary said.
The BBIN agreement is a diplomatic priority for Narendra Modi, who has pushed it to showcase that Pakistan’s intransigence has been the main roadblock to regional integration in South Asia.
The upcoming Art of Living cultural festival in Delhi is not the first time that right-wingers within the Indian polity are embarrassing the Indian state. A similar situation developed in 1957 when the Vishva Dharma Sammelan (world conference of all religions) was organised in Delhi on November 17-18, 1957. The […]
Looking beyond Asia, India and Japan have also raised the stakes by including Africa in their development strategy, implicitly setting up a rival to China’s One Belt, One Road.
The impressive credentials of the other nominees is proof those countries understand the role international law plays in world affairs – even as India sees the ILC as just another parking slot for a person from the ‘parivar’.
From geospatial bills to the digital Indic language movement, India is struggling to practice the multistakeholderism it preaches and supports at global Internet governance forums, including this week’s ICANN 57 meeting in Hyderabad.
To achieve concrete policy objectives, however, Indian bureaucrats and civil society representatives will need to engage more closely with and work their way into various Internet governance body mechanisms.
Inviting the American ambassador to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is bound to provoke China.
New Delhi: With still at least three countries continuing to insist on drawing up a general criteria for non-NPT entrants, next week’s meeting of officials from Nuclear Suppliers Group member countries in Vienna is not expected to allow India into the group immediately, but would only provide another […]
The move comes India has expelled a Pakistan high commission staffer after he was arrested by the Delhi police for being in possession of defence-related documents.
Leaked e-mails give the first account of how one of the world’s wealthiest charitable foundations negotiated to rescue its India operations.
While China said that Verma’s visit to the northeastern state would affect the “peace and tranquillity” on the border, India held that his visit was an integral part of the country.
Verma’s visit to the northeastern state comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Beijing have been under some pressure.
Following the information minister’s advice of what is expected of people like me, and in keeping with the nationalist sentiments of our times, I am choosing to make a full confession about my relations with people from ‘that country’.
Israel’s history, geographical area and position all contribute to its offense-based military strategy; however, the same factors don’t apply to India.
In his zeal to harvest political capital from the Indian army’s recent action targeting terrorists along the Line of Control in Kashmir, Modi has conveniently forgotten that the Israeli army’s ‘valour’ has been against people fighting foreign occupation.
The removal of the film comes in the wake of a campaign against Pakistani actors in Hindi films
Pakistan a ‘mother-ship’, ‘terrorism its favourite child’ – with phrases like these, the Indian side kept reminding BRICS members of what its priority at the multilateral forum really was.
India won some and suffered some economically consequential losses at the Montreal Protocol negotiations in Kigali, Rwanda to phase down climate-changing refrigerant gases.
“They agreed to enhance counter-terrorism coordination for the benefit of the Asian region as a whole,” the Indian ambassador to China said, using one of those boilerplate phrases diplomats love to put out when there is no concrete outcome to report.
A transportation corridor and greater trade and investment have been discussed and agreed so often that they no longer excite the business community.
How Aniruddha Rajput – who was still a Ph.D. student when nominated – came to be selected is a closely held secret with the Ministry of External Affairs unwilling to answer questions about why it made its choice.
For Moscow, Pakistan’s rising salience is driven by its fears about the spread of ISIS, and its perception that India has drawn too close to the United States.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an Indian actor. Did Devgn take a stand for him? For his fellow actor? Against Muslim hating bigots who banned him from appearing in a Ram Leela? No? Then please just sit down.
As the political debate over ‘surgical strikes’ degenerates into ‘mine was bigger than yours’, everyone needs to remember that some of the acts claimed are grave and indefensible by their very nature and are illegal under the laws of war – even if described as retaliation for a similar act by the Pakistani side.
Chances of nuclear war between India and Pakistan may be remote, but the recent build-up of military activity along the border and the increasingly aggressive comments by leaders highlights the importance of the crusade against the atomic arms race.
The proposal will mostly be floated during the meeting of BRICS Sherpas next week, before the leaders of BRICS gather in Goa later this month.
The existence of a legal dispute between two states is a precondition for the court to take up a case involving them; India’s advocacy of disarmament showed there was none, the Indian side had argued.
The real difference between the Modi government and its predecessors is its willingness to accept the higher risk of war and international pressure that surgical strikes may bring. But is it the case that with higher risk come greater rewards?
These are indeed tricky times for the subcontinent in which excessive or incorrect claims can both be dangerous. They could raise expectations that could later force the hand of political leaders to act less rationally or even irrationally.
The government can easily be more forthcoming about the surgical strikes. At a minimum, it should make public the information that Pakistan already has with it.
India’s close-mouthed approach is allowing Rawalpindi to save face by denying the strikes altogether, saving itself from having to explain India’s ingress into its territory.
The invitation to the Abu Dhabi crown prince, who will succeed his brother as UAE president, is likely to irritate Pakistan, especially when relations with India are perhaps at their lowest point since Modi took over as PM in May 2014.