South Asia and Beyond

China, Russia, India, Turkey, Iran, U.S. Interplay Of Interests In

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point‘, Ambassador Asoke Mukerji, India’s Former Permanent Representative to the UN and Ex-Envoy to Kazakhstan, who also opened India’s first Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan Embassies in 1992 and Samantha Custer, the Director of Policy Analysis, and Co-author of the AidData report, ‘Corridors of Power: How Beijing Uses Ties to Exert Influence […]Read More

‘Sabang Port Part Of Indonesia-India Infrastructure, Interconnectivity, Investment Initiative’

NEW DELHI: On ‘The Gist‘, Muhammad Waffaa Kharisma, Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)Indonesia in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. Mr Kharisma discusses several high-level visits to Indonesia, including those of India’s Deputy National Security Advisor(NSA) Ambassador Pankaj Saran, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev and […]Read More

‘A Desi Space Station Of About 20-Tonnes Is Doable’

NEW DELHI: The government’s decision to throw open space programmes to private industry and enterprise could be criticised as late, yet as the saying goes: better late than never and India has developed distinct strengths. For example, there’s the Indian Space Research Organisation as the premier space agency, the Defence Space Agency overseeing space warfare […]Read More

Is Pakistan Facing Afghan Taliban And Tehreek-e-Taliban Blowback?

NEW DELHI: On ‘The Gist‘, Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation(ORF) in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. ‘The Gist’ discusses several Afghan Taliban officials criticising Pakistan and the Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI) in interviews and whether they’re highlighting ruptures with their sponsors or if it’s just theatrics of independence, the […]Read More

‘Gen Rawat’s Successor Has Big Shoes To Fill’

NEW DELHI: Gen. Bipin Rawat’s untimely and tragic departure ups the pressure on his successor, who not only has to take forward his predecessor’s agenda but also build equations with the other service chiefs. And unlike the outspoken Rawat who tended to call a spade a spade, the new incumbent will have to tread softly […]Read More

Revisiting Operation Parakram: A War That Wasn’t

NEW DELHI: Two decades ago, a dastardly terrorist attack on India’s parliament by Pakistan-based terrorists led to a massive mobilization of troops on India’s western front. The threat of a war between two-nuclear armed countries alarmed world powers. Eventually, no war took place but the exercise—Operation Parakram—offered several lessons that India took note of and […]Read More

A Guide To Contemporary China

Push For Mandarin Could Hit Minority Languages The government has launched an aggressive campaign to promote Mandarin. A circular by the Ministry of Education said the number of people who speak Putonghua, or Mandarin Chinese, will increase to 85 percent of the population by 2025. It stressed the importance of promoting Chinese language education and […]Read More

‘S-400 Strong Example Of Choosing Partner In National Interest, Sky

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point‘, Roman Babushkin, Russia’s Deputy Chief of Mission(DCM) to India in discussion with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. Mr Babushkin highlights the outcomes of the annual India-Russia Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin in Delhi on December 6, the first 2+2 between the Foreign and […]Read More

‘Current Data Suggests Omicron Will Not Be As Severe As

NEW DELHI: A mathematical model developed in India has proved helpful in gauging the likely impact of the Omicron variant of the Covid virus. Prof. Manindra Agrawal of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Kanpur, says the SUTRA (Susceptible Undetected Tested & Removed Approach) model will help not only with the Coronavirus but […]Read More

‘Young People Are Revisiting The 1971 War, Asking Questions’

NEW DELHI: Bangladeshi schools textbooks even today do not comprehensively reflect the 1971 war of liberation, argues Ayesha Kabir, editor of the English language edition of the leading Dhaka daily Pratham Alo. This has had an impact on how young people view those events although the government of Sheikh Hasina has done more in that […]Read More