2019

2019

Here’s looking at Mamata Bannerjee’s chance of becoming prime minister in a new series on contenders for the top job in the coming general election. Part 1.... Continue Reading »

Menacing the dragon

Menacing the dragon

The United States has got its hooks into China.... Continue Reading »

About levers

About levers

A. B. Vajpayee’s successes with Pakistan must be built on.... Continue Reading »

Unpreparedness

Unpreparedness

HAL’s haemorrhaging and the dodgy Rafale deal are hard blows.... Continue Reading »

Geopolitics & coalitions

Geopolitics & coalitions

A torn world is hardly the place to bring autocrats to power.... Continue Reading »

Split decision

Split decision

Partitioning Afghanistan is the solution.... Continue Reading »

Wounded beast

Wounded beast

Economically hit, China will seek retribution in the region.... Continue Reading »

Dacca blues

Dacca blues

A fourth term for Sheikh Hasina carries hidden dangers.... Continue Reading »

Make-believe

Make-believe

It is perilous to pretend that China is not India’s strategic competitor.... Continue Reading »

Kabul & Kashmir

Kabul & Kashmir

How do you limit the fallout from the coming US withdrawal from Afghanistan?... Continue Reading »

PMs & Pakistan

PMs & Pakistan

Relations with the western neighbour and adversary have come a long way.... Continue Reading »

Lost

Lost

The army’s land warfare doctrine leaves much to be desired.... Continue Reading »

2019.

2019.

It is the economy or nothing for India going forward.... Continue Reading »

Turning full circle?

Turning full circle?

The US finally admits to a stalemated Afghan war.... Continue Reading »

Major Power-lite

Major Power-lite

There are limits to Chinese expansionism.... Continue Reading »

Raising the tide

Raising the tide

Pakistan stands to benefit from India’s growth and prosperity.... Continue Reading »

Stirring the pot

Stirring the pot

At a time when elections are nearly impossible to hold in Jammu and Kashmir, it is madness to dissolve the assembly.... Continue Reading »

Arms race

Arms race

Another masterstroke from Donald Trump has Russia and China reeling.... Continue Reading »

To kingdom come

To kingdom come

The Jamal Khashoggi murder could transform Saudi Arabia.... Continue Reading »

Deadly drift

Deadly drift

J and K needs an elected government at the earliest.... Continue Reading »

Zero instinct

Zero instinct

The ascent of Imran Khan would have opened magical opportunities for a statesman like A. B. Vajpayee.... Continue Reading »

Foreign policy & 2019

Foreign policy & 2019

The RSS chief has set the cat among the pigeons.... Continue Reading »

Padding up

Padding up

Imran Khan is serious about peace with India.... Continue Reading »

Not Vikings

Not Vikings

The BJP does rather poorly in the national security domain.... Continue Reading »

Form without substance

Form without substance

The garrulity of Narendra Modi in the White House is embarrassing and frightening.... Continue Reading »