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.
The White House reaction to the Indian ‘surgical strikes’ seems aimed at ensuring the Pakistani side does not attempt retaliatory action.
Lt General Ranbir Singh was careful to add that the surgical strike was a one-time affair as an escalation of tension would rebound negatively for India.
Military sources say small raids across the LoC have taken place in the past but the scale of the latest strikes and the fact that the government has chosen to speak about them have created a new situation. The Wire breaks it down.
Sources said that Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan are also going to keep off the summit, thus ensuring that blame for the event’s postponement does not fall on India alone.
India’s decision to review the most favoured nation status given to Pakistan comes on the heels of its reconsideration of the Indus Water Treaty.
The bundle of benefits and achievements accruing from a shared vision of the Indus basin transformed water from a source of potential conflict to a resource for advancing peace.
‘We have attempted a new paradigm of friendship in the last two years which is without precedent and what did we get in return? Pathankot, Bahadur Ali, and Uri,’ said India’s external affairs minister about Pakistan.
Given the conventional parity which exists between India and Pakistan, the outcome of war operations in the western theatre in 1965 and 1971 paints a picture that is still relevant today.
Militarily engaging a nuclear Pakistan might bring war to the country’s mainland: are we prepared to pay that price?
‘I want to tell you that India wants to fight with Pakistan. If you have the courage then why not fight to end poverty, unemployment, illiteracy. Let us see which country wins, India or Pakistan,” said Modi, reaching out to the people of Pakistan
The key to peace in the region is to tackle the roots of the tension, which is the dispute over Kashmir.
In a red rag to the Indian government, Sharif spoke of the “murder” of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whom he described as a “young leader”. India hits back, says this shows Pakistan’s “continued attachment to terrorism.”
From advocating sending suicide bombers across the border to taking ‘a whole jaw for a tooth’, Indian politicians and analysts have let fly. Pakistan would have been vanquished by now if only such political grand standing was enough.
Wrath of God was Israel’s code name for the operation involving systematic retaliation against the planners and financiers of the Munich massacre. India needs to find ways to hurt the terrorist organisations and sponsors behind Uri the most.
If India is to make headway in Kashmir, the Modi government’s new diplomatic strategy must be accompanied by bold measures to resolve the internal dimension as well.
At the end of the day, Modi has to ensure that the options he exercises – particularly the military ones – do not leave the country worse off than before in terms of casualties and costs.
The Indian response must be calm and measured, and must begin by establishing as complete a picture of the incident and its dramatis personae as possible.
Pakistan ‘is a country which has systematically abused and violated the human rights of its own citizens, including in Balochistan,’ India tells the Human Rights Council.
Since the Seoul plenary of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Chinese stand on India does not appear to have moved at all.
As Pakistan Grants Conditional UNHRC Access to PoK, India Says Terror is Main Human Rights Violation
A statement issued by External Affairs Ministry said there was no comparison between the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.