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  • Elections in PoK and Protests in Kashmir Valley: The Linkage

    Elections in PoK and Protests in Kashmir Valley: The Linkage

    The political reality in PoK is that ‘azadi’ is a chimera, and substantive control of the area is shared between terrorist organisations such as the LeT and HM and the political elite of Islamabad. However, a narrative has been fed in the Kashmir Valley that Pakistan is a more favourable option than India.

    July 28, 2016

    The SCO: India enters Eurasia

    The SCO: India enters Eurasia

    India’s objective lies not in offsetting the interests of either the US or China but to walk towards its own destiny of serving humanity and global peace.

    June 14, 2016

    Rethinking India’s approach towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

    Rethinking India’s approach towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

    Ceding PoK as part of a settlement does not comport with India’s national and strategic interests, especially in terms of dealing with the challenge posed by China-Pakistan collaboration.

    May 03, 2016

    Inserting PoK into the Kashmir Conundrum

    Inserting PoK into the Kashmir Conundrum

    India needs to proactively buttress its broader position by affixing/prefixing the issue of Pakistan occupied Kashmir to the bilateral agenda every time the issue of Kashmir comes up for discussion.

    May 03, 2016

    India and Pakistan: Will They Move beyond ‘Sharing of Intelligence’?

    Intelligence sharing by the Pakistani National Security Advisor (NSA) with his Indian counterpart in early March 2016 came up as an interesting outcome of the ongoing engagement between them since December 2015. Such exchange of critical information has raised the levels of expectation among the peaceniks in the subcontinent about the prospects of peace talks between the two countries, after a whole series of false starts since 2008.

    May 2016

    Midnight’s furies: the deadly legacy of India’s partition by Nisid Hajari

    In 2015, when India and Pakistan are into their 69th year of independence, this is an occasion to look back on the lost plot of their strategic engagements. The partition of an undivided India, built upon a malicious traction of ‘two-nation theory’ was further firmed-up with Pakistan’s dealings with its neighbourhood through a consistent conflict-ridden worldview. More so, this idea turned into action—and further obsession, when matters would relate to India.

    March 2016

    Re-engaging with Pakistan

    Resuming talks with Pakistan sooner rather than later is important. These should now be part of a sustained effort of diplomatic outreach towards Pakistan rather than an on-and-off affair.

    January 19, 2016

    Jayesh Gupta asked: How can Pakistan defer MFN status for India given that Pakistan is a WTO member? What could be the economic, strategic and geo-political implications in case Pakistan grants the MFN status to India?

    Sumita Kumar replies: While it is generally understood that a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) would accord the Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) status to other member-states within the multilateral trading system, Pakistan has been citing certain provisions of exemptions under the WTO rules, thus refusing to extend the MFN status to India.

    Resuming the India-Pakistan Dialogue

    Resuming the India-Pakistan Dialogue

    Even faced with the improbability of making much headway on terrorism and Kashmir in the resumed dialogue, it is still important for India to engage with Pakistan.

    December 22, 2015

    Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Deconstructing India’s Doctrinal Response

    The military and scientific leadership of Pakistan has given clear signals that tactical nuclear weapons have a vital role in Pakistan’s nuclear weapons policy. Developed to lower Pakistan’s nuclear threshold, these weapons may further deter India from launching a conventional strike to punish Pakistan for its sub-conventional war against India. This has led to a debate on the possible doctrinal responses that India could adopt to counter Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons.

    November 2015