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.

If RCEP Gains Traction, Could Indo-Pacific Lose Out?

NEW DELHI: Fifteen countries, including Australia and Japan that are members of the Quad, have signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). How does this impact the larger Indo-Pacific concerns and strategy? Will commitment to the Indo-Pacific gradually get diluted as other countries scramble to get on board the RCEP gravy train? Answers to these […]Read More

RCEP Signed, India Stays Out But For How Long

NEW DELHI: Fifteen Asian countries signed a trade deal on Sunday that has been eight years in the negotiation. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) brings together the 10-member Asean bloc, Japan, South Korea and China in a trading arrangement that sharply reduces tariffs for their goods, and establishes common rules for e-commerce and intellectual […]Read More

Donald Trump And The Aftermath Of Losing An Election

NEW DELHI: The big question staring America in the face is what happens if Donald Trump refuses to concede defeat and leave the White House? Does the military have to do the ‘honours’ by physically escorting him out? No way, said Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It’ll be handled appropriately […]Read More

Status Quo Or Transactional? Beijing Awaits Biden’s Approach

NEW DELHI: How is China’s state-controlled media reflecting the victory of Joe Biden in the U.S. elections? With a mix of caution and hope, indicating the sentiment in China’s ruling establishment for a quick end to the turbulence triggered by the Trump administration. But as the leading English language paper China Daily observed in an […]Read More

Immigration Policies Set To Be Trumped As Biden Readies For

NEW DELHI: The announcement was suspiciously well timed: as news of Joe Biden’s victory swept news desks all over the world, a policy document attributed to his campaign had some encouraging information for thousands of Indians anxious to live and work in the United States. It said: “Biden will support expanding the number of high […]Read More

In India’s Strong Backing For Macron, Imran, Erdogan Snubbed

NEW DELHI: In the wake of India’s strong support to President Emmanuel Macron, decrying the criticism directed against him by a clutch of leaders representing Islamic states, there’s a view that India has gone the extra mile, driven perhaps by considerations of the strategic heft of the French relationship. But is that reading too much? […]Read More