India Insight

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan, India and the value of democracy

September 12, 2010

gilani kayaniOf the many comments I heard in Pakistan, one question particularly flummoxed me. Was democracy really the right system for South Asia?  It came, unsurprisingly, from someone sympathetic to the military, and was couched in a comparison between Pakistan and India.

Is the government losing the plot in tackling Maoist insurgency?

April 8, 2010

A day after hundreds of Maoist rebels trapped and killed 76 Indian security personnel in a heavily mined swathe of jungle in Chhattisgarh, a feeling of shock pervades the national psyche.

Hyderabad airshow crash a wake-up call?

March 4, 2010

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It was a promise that Lt Cdr Rahul Nair could not keep. Some months ago, Nair had promised to return home soon to sample his mother’s cooking.

The economic paradox of north-east India

December 18, 2009

India’s seven northeastern states, known as the seven sisters, have been “on the map, but off the mind”, if one goes by the title of a Tehelka-organised seminar on the Northeast.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan, India and the United States

November 9, 2009

 

While attention has almost entirely been focused on America's difficult relationship with Pakistan - a writer in Foreign Policy magazine called it the world's most dysfunctional relationship - India and the United States have quietly gone ahead and completed the largest military exercise ever undertaken by New Delhi with a foreign army.

Is India downplaying Chinese border intrusions?

September 8, 2009

In response to recent reports that two Chinese helicopters intruded into Indian territory in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief Deepak Kapoor said he did get reports of Chinese intrusion but “this is not a new thing.”

How should we ‘celebrate’ the Kargil war?

July 26, 2009

Sunday was the tenth anniversary of the conflict between India and Pakistan in Kargil.

Does India need its army to tackle the Maoists?

June 22, 2009

I have been noticing a debate in newspapers and television channels about the need to call in the army to tackle the Maoists and wonder whether it is indeed time to turn towards them before the movement spirals out of control.

Army vs police: who should maintain law-and-order?

February 25, 2009

The peacetime activities of an armed force have a bearing on its wartime capabilities and its relations with the civil society.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

India, Pakistan and covert operations. All in the family?

December 18, 2008

Do read this piece by Gurmeet Kanwal, the head of the Indian Army's Centre for Land Warfare Studies, about how India should respond to the Mumbai attacks with covert operations against Pakistan.