“MEA’s credibility and its standing as an institution that has always upheld professionalism has been severely damaged and will be difficult to repair,” a former foreign secretary said.
The time has come for India and China to explore new institutional mechanisms for resolving their boundary dispute.
India’s former NSA, who has been involved in negotiations during earlier border incidents, says the difference this time is that the Chinese want India to withdraw even before any dialogue can take place.
The changing security environment in South Asia and elsewhere may have brought on new problems but it has given us new tools and abilities to deal with them.
Today, it is hard to see India standing up for any values at all. The reasons, as Menon wrote so perceptively in his essay on Sri Lanka, have to do with “internal politics”.
There has been much speculation that India might be reconsidering its no first use strategy, but such talk has found few takers in the government. For India, the only true purpose of nuclear weapons are as deterrents.
India’s nuclear doctrine may appear to be undergoing a shift towards conducting a ‘counterforce strike’ against Pakistan, but some experts see this as “mind games” that could set off a worrying chain of events in the region.
In the fourth of a five part interview centred around his book, Choices, India’s former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon discusses India’s Sri Lanka policy.
In the third of a five-part interview centred around his new book on Indian foreign policy, Choices, the former national security adviser evaluates India’s Pakistan policy.
In the second of a five-part interview centered around his new book, “Choices”, former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon discusses the border issue with China and the role of the special representatives.
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.
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).
The politicisation of national security comes from Narendra Modi’s desire to be projected as India’s Rambo prime minister.
“We manage to find the worst of all possible outcomes, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory,” said a former Indian diplomat.
If Isa is eventually refused entry or does not come to India for some reason, the message the Chinese side receives may well be that the Modi government lacks the will to follow through.
The first time Amitav Ghosh and Shivshankar Menon shared a platform was when they wrote pieces for the launch of The Wire. On Wednesday, they came together to discuss Ghosh’s Flood of Fire before a packed audience in Delhi.