South Asia and Beyond

India-Russia Relations: Moscow Momentum

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point’, Foreign Secretary Harsh V. Shringla’s Moscow visit, India-Russia relations, China, the Indo-Pacific, and the U.S. The panellists Dr Alexey Kupriyanov, Head of the Research Group on South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences and Nandan Unnikrishnan, […]Read More

Beyond Disengagement: Understanding China’s Play

NEW DELHI: PLA troops may have pulled back from the north and south banks of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh but given the long history of the Chinese reneging on border peace agreements, how should India move forward? Also, what is it that guides Chinese thought process and their approach towards India? In this video […]Read More

Ladakh Disengagement: What India Gained, What China Lost

NEW DELHI: Today, the Indian Army released images of Chinese troops disengaging from the north and south banks of Pangong Tso. As per the agreement reached by both sides last week, PLA soldiers were seen dismantling sangars and other temporary structures they had built and heavy machines were seen restoring the land form to what […]Read More

Pak-hosted Aman-21 Exercise Has Little To Do With Peace

NEW DELHI: The eighth edition of an international naval exercise hosted by Pakistan ends today off Karachi. Aman-21 featured 45 naval vessels drawn from all over the world, including the U.S., Russia, China, Turkey and several Arab and African navies. The drill has been held since 2007 and, according to the host Pakistan, it is […]Read More

Make In India Map: Google Substitute?

NEW DELHI: Rakesh Verma, Founder & Managing Director, MapmyIndia and Rohan Verma, CEO & Executive Director discuss the partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to offer India’s fully indigenous, mapping portal and geospatial services, what’s in store, ‘Aatma Nirbhar’ or ‘Make in India’, the competition, the government making map making completely unregulated as […]Read More

Indian Navy, The Silent Force-Multiplier

NEW DELHI: Disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops from the north and south banks of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh may have begun but what if China attempts any misadventure in the maritime domain? It’s here that the Indian Navy, a potent force in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), comes in. Currently in the midst […]Read More

A Guide to Contemporary China

Laughter: Officially Sanctioned By The Government Laughter is the best medicine especially when it is sanctioned by the government! CCTV (China Central Television) has grabbed eyeballs with its new show ‘Gold Medal Comedy Class.’ Ever since its first performance telecast late last month, the show has been trending on Weibo with 600 million views. The […]Read More

U.S. Raises Quad Pressure On China: Are Partners On Board?

NEW DELHI: India and China are disengaging their forces, which were eyeball-to-eyeball for ten months along the LAC in Ladakh. But, that doesn’t mean the pressure on Beijing to change its aggressive behaviour should lessen. Reports suggest U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed an online meeting with other ‘Quad’ leaders (Japan, Australia and India). What […]Read More

Ladakh Disengagement: What’s The Way Forward?

NEW DELHI: The agreement between Indian and Chinese on disengaging from the Pangong Lake applies to the areas where the troops were in close proximity and even a slight provocation could have led to a flare-up. Discussions between both sides on other friction points such as Depsang will follow. In this chat with StratNews Global […]Read More

Ladakh Breakthrough: What Turned It India’s Way?

NEW DELHI: Chinese and Indian troops have begun disengaging from the north and south banks of the Pangong Lake, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament today. Outstanding issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh remain, he said, asserting that there will be no compromise on India’s sovereignty and not an inch […]Read More