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.

Tehran To Moscow, Jaishankar Builds On Old Convergences

NEW DELHI: Many things are not what they seem, perhaps more so in the high-stakes game of modern diplomacy where seemingly unconnected events combine to transform the strategic landscape. Let’s begin with External Affairs Minister Jaishankar’s just concluded visit to Russia. Some of the media focus and commentary saw great virtue in Jaishankar stopping off […]Read More

Twitter Being Law Unto Itself; Will Govt Throw The Book?

NEW DELHI: One would presume that microblogging site Twitter with an estimated 34 million users in India and a growing revenue base would do anything to safeguard and promote its business. But Twitter’s behaviour has been decidedly odd. Over the last month, it has had four criminal cases filed against it (one for posting child […]Read More

India And The Changing Paradigm Of UN Peacekeeping

NEW DELHI: Late last month, at memorial ceremonies in the United Nations for slain peacekeepers, it was a moment for India to remind the world of the 164 lives it had sacrificed in the service of UN missions worldwide. For Indian diplomats and military personnel, it was also time to reflect on an uncomfortable fact: […]Read More

‘A Chinese Invasion Of Taiwan Is Not Imminent … We

NEW DELHI: Shen Ming-Shi is a former colonel of the Taiwan army and is presently a Fellow at the Institute for National Defense Security Research in Taipei. He closely studies China’s military, looking particularly at their recruitment, training and equipment. In his view, China will never rule out a military invasion and occupation of Taiwan […]Read More

Why India Needs To Up Its Arctic Game

NEW DELHI: Call it the Covid effect but the third Arctic Science Ministerial hosted virtually by Iceland and Japan last month happened with apparently little notice. But to those interested in the Arctic, it signalled India’s renewed focus on a region more than 4000-km distant yet critical to its economy. Scientists and officials involved in […]Read More

Should India Tweak Approach To Myanmar?

NEW DELHI: The ASEAN summit in Jakarta appears to have given considerable rope to the Myanmar military junta. That is the view of many critics. But the sense in India is better ASEAN than some other countries. “The last thing we want is for Myanmar to become another proxy battle ground for the superpowers,” a […]Read More

Grey Areas In Divided ASEAN’s ‘Consensus’ On Myanmar

NEW DELHI: For an organisation committed to non-interference in each member’s internal affairs, a summit of some ASEAN leaders with Myanmar’s general Min Aung Hlaing in Jakarta is probably historic. Add to that consensus on five points was reached, according to various reports:  There will be immediate cessation of violence  All parties will begin a […]Read More