South Asia and Beyond
Surya Gangadharan

Surya Gangadharan

Thirty eight years in journalism, widely travelled, history buff with a preference for Old Monk Rum. Current interest/focus spans China, Technology and Trade. Recent reads: Steven Colls Directorate S and Alexander Frater's Chasing the Monsoon. Netflix/Prime video junkie. Loves animal videos on Facebook. Reluctant tweeter.

India’s Free Trade Deal With Mauritius Makes Business Sense

NEW DELHI: India has signed a free-trade agreement with Mauritius when similar deals with the U.S. and Europe have eluded it. This may seem odd as Mauritius is hardly a manufacturing power, its main exports comprising frozen fish, biscuits, sugar products, apparel, medical and surgical equipment and so on, totalling 615 items, products that are […]Read More

Geopolitics Apart, Can India & Russia Tread Common Path?

NEW DELHI: India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has a full brief as he sits down in Moscow for talks with his counterpart Igor Morgulov on Wednesday and Thursday. Priority could be fixing dates for a Narendra Modi-Vladimir Putin summit. It could not be held last year owing to the pandemic but with vaccinations now […]Read More

India’s Quest For 5G: No Explicit Ban But Chinese Equipment

NEW DELHI: Sweden’s decision late last year to ban, on national security grounds, China’s telecom major Huawei (and ZTE) from offering 5G services has important lessons for India. Notable is the CEO of Swedish telecom company Ericsson defending Huawei! He was apparently driven by concerns of reprisals by China where Ericsson runs a very profitable […]Read More

‘Putin Does Not See Navalny As A Threat’

NEW DELHI: The anti-government demonstrations in many cities all over Russia are just that, directed at a government that is seen to have failed in maintaining living standards and stabilizing prices, says Nandan Unnikrishnan, research scholar on Russia at the Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation. In an exclusive chat with StratNews Global, Unnikrishnan argues that the […]Read More

Why India Must Blend Military Diplomacy With Foreign Policy Outreach

NEW DELHI: “There are some golden rules of military diplomacy that a defence attache (DA) posted abroad must know,” says Lt. Gen. Shokin Chauhan (Retd), recalling his days as DA in Kathmandu (2004-07) when there was a nationwide movement against Nepal’s monarchy and a Maoist rebellion was ravaging the countryside. “Know your nation’s interests and […]Read More

Juster’s Critique Apart, How Should India Chart Its Trade Course?

NEW DELHI: “India needs more, not less, economic protectionism and at least for the next 20 years,” says a former senior Commerce Ministry official, reacting to outgoing U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Juster’s recent farewell address. In what has been interpreted as a warning to India, Juster had observed that “despite persistent efforts, we were unable to […]Read More