Foreign Policy

Time to Open the Eastern Gates

August 19th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

The formation of a “Naga Club” by 20 young men of the French Labour Corps in 1918 initiated the longest insurgency in modern Indian history. With the formation of Naga National Council in 1946, the Shillong Accord of 1975 and subsequent periods of armed struggle, this quagmire sustained itself. Since the ceasefire announcement in 1997,

Don’t Cut Loose All Strings with Indian Workers in West Asia

August 19th, 2015|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

The Indian indenture system, a form of debt bondage replacing slavery, resulted in the transport of 3.5 million Indians to various European colonies to provide labour for sugar plantations. Devised in 1836, by Lord Stanley, secretary of state for the colonies, a civil contract for five years confined indentured workers to their estates and paid

India’s foreign policy must continue to move past the parochial

May 14th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Economic Times|Tags: |

Over the past year, India’s foreign policy has reflected pragmatic realpolitik while maintaining deliberative continuity. Our strategy remains rhetorically threefold: improving India’s relationships in South Asia, attracting significant foreign direct investment (FDI) in infrastructure, and positioning India as agreat power. India needs to flesh out this pursuit, deepening democracy and maintaining strategic autonomy through a

By backing India-Bangladesh land swap, Modi moves to bring relief to those living on a fuzzy border

December 5th, 2014|Categories: Newspaper, The Times of India|Tags: |

Dahala Khagrabari #51 is India’s only counter-counter-enclave, a piece of India surrounded by overlapping pieces of Bangladesh and India. It is also a farm and not inhabited. With an area of less than 1.7 acres, the size of a jute field, it is emblematic of the morass in which India’s neighbourhood policy is bogged down.

A New Silk Route

June 26th, 2014|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

India and China’s relationship remains frozen. A few border incursions here, another stapled visa there. Our border issues are wrapped up in geopolitical rivalry and the Tibet question, with incursions catalysing media hype and suspicion. Our past history as trading civilisations, with the Silk Route and Buddhism tying us, lies forgotten. A mature foreign policy,

Pursue the Kautilya Line

June 20th, 2014|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

India’s influence has cratered over the last decade. Significantly diluted by external interference, competing powers have built strong military relationships and gained access to key ports. A String of Pearls girds the Indian Ocean, while the mountains bristle with highways and ballistic missiles. The strategic fruits of 1971 have been frittered away from a weak

Indo-US ties are important for regional peace

March 17th, 2014|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

India’s foreign policy ambitions have waned. With no big ideas implemented, the last few years have seen the India-US relations transform into a mundane series of empty platitudes and routine conferences. The last three months have been witness to this trend, with diplomats humiliated, India’s aviation safety questioned, the World Trade Organization complaints on the

Foreign policy blunders and inconsistencies are destabilising India’s security, bit by bit

August 13th, 2013|Categories: Newspaper, The Times of India|Tags: |

India lies in a fortunate geography. Cradled between two arms of the Indian Ocean and naturally barricaded by the Himalayas, a scorching desert and lightly travelled tropical forests, we are not easily vulnerable. Yet we`ve faced invasions through the Hindukush, through Burma and from across the oceans. This dynamic continues today, manifested in Poonch sector