South Asia and Beyond

R-Day Parade: Rare Honour For Bangladesh

India has decided to celebrate half a century of liberation of East Pakistan and formation of Bangladesh with great fanfare throughout 2021. In December 1971, India had helped the Mukti Bahini and the Bengali people in East Pakistan to break free of Pakistan by winning the 13-day war that started on December 3 and ended […]Read More

Hope For 5G

The Department of Telecom’s announcement of 4G auctions early in the new year appear to have revived dormant sentiments in the telecom industry. There is a view that if 5G spectrum auctions go ahead (assuming the price issue is resolved), it would be possible to install a 5G network in urban India within about 18 […]Read More

A Para Drop That Swung The 1971 War In India’s

NEW DELHI: Forty nine years ago, India notched up a major military success against Pakistan, leading to the formation of Bangladesh. All of this achieved in less than two weeks. One of the decisive moments in the 1971 war came when around 800 Indian paratroopers landed in Tangail, which was then in East Pakistan. In […]Read More

India & West Asia New Footprints In Shifting Sands

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point’ Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri, India’s Former Envoy to the UAE and currently Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation and Dr. Meena Singh Roy, Distinguished Fellow, Middle East Institute and Former head, West Asia Centre, Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. […]Read More

Imran Khan ‘Unfollows’ All

What prompted Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan to unfollow all the 19 Twitter handles he was following? Was it born of a sense of pique, or vanity, that 12.9 million follow him while he follows none. Among the handles Khan has unfollowed are those of former wife Jemima Goldsmith with whom he has remained on […]Read More

Indian Army Order Of Battle: Time For A Rethink

NEW DELHI: As the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh completes seven months, the longest ever, the realisation seems to have dawned on policy makers that China, not Pakistan, is the bigger challenge India faces. But when it comes to Indian Army troop deployment along the […]Read More

Afghan Taliban Peace Talks: Milestones And Millstones

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point’, Ambassador Vivek Katju, India’s Former Envoy to Afghanistan and Dr Torek Farhadi, Former Advisor to President Ashraf Ghani and Ex-President Hamid Karzai discuss what U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khailzad describes as “a significant milestone: A three-page agreement codifing rules and procedures for negotiations (between the Islamic Republic […]Read More

5G Strategy For America: US Options & The China Challenge

NEW DELHI: When President-elect Joe Biden formally takes charge a little over a month from now, he is expected to be briefed on a report prepared by a working group comprising 28 China specialists and technology experts from academia, industry and think tanks. The report sponsored by the University of California at San Diego’s 21st […]Read More