South Asia and Beyond

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.

A Quad Primer Amid Echoes Of Ukraine

NEW DELHI: The U.S.-Russia negotiations over Ukraine are being closely watched from Delhi. India cannot influence the direction of the talks; nevertheless, it has very high stakes in a successful resolution. If the two sides are able to strike an agreement, from Delhi’s point of view there are two important fallouts: Russia can step back […]Read More

No Indication U.S. Will Invoke CAATSA Against India

NEW DELHI: Here’s a view on CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) and whether it would apply to India. When Turkey received the first S400 system in July 2019, the very next week Washington stopped the sale of F-35 fighter aircraft to the Turkish air force. CAATSA sanctions followed the very next year in […]Read More

China Will Be Tough With India As Key Party Congress

NEW DELHI: What’s the way forward for India and China in the new year? Indications from the 14th round of border talks between senior army officers of the two sides have been negative although there are plans to meet again. But even if China relents to some extent on India’s proposed path of disengagement, the […]Read More

When A Chinese Navy Carrier Battle Group Enters The IOR…

NEW DELHI: In about five years from now or even sooner, the Indian Ocean could see the entry of a Chinese naval battle group led by an aircraft carrier (total six to eight ships including a submarine), in an impressive flag showing exercise. Various assessments suggest the battle group could transit the Malacca Straits, make […]Read More

Sikyong Opens Up About Chinese Villages, Tibetan Independence

NEW DELHI: The Tibetan government-in-exile in India has not taken “any official position on Chinese villages in Arunachal Pradesh,” said Penpa Tsering, the newly elected Sikyong or political head of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala. But he sensed insecurity in the Chinese leadership. He believes the Chinese are pushing Tibetans towards the boundaries with […]Read More

5Gi Trials Next Year; Spectrum Still An Issue

NEW DELHI: Early next year, IIT Madras plans to hold trials of its home grown 5G equipment on its 700-acre campus in Chennai. The trials should start around January or February 2022 and continue till about April. “We have developed a stack entirely in-house, we have the nucleus or the core, the base station and […]Read More

Durga Puja In Bangladesh: Harsh Realities And Hints Of Awami

NEW DELHI: Among the conclusions being drawn from the attacks on Durga Puja pandals all over Bangladesh is that these were planned and there were two targets: Sheikh Hasina, for the hard line she has followed against Islamist groups at home and her close relationship with India. “Sheikh Hasina has been tough with the Islamist […]Read More

Gaming The UN System: China Leverages Money, Political Influence

NEW DELHI: Remember Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, accused of helping cover up the origins of the coronavirus in China? Well, he’s on track to win a second term, unusually without the support of his own country Ethiopia (because he accused it of human rights violations in Tigray). How did […]Read More