Of Perceptions and Policies

Review of Shishir Gupta’s ‘The Himalayan Face-Off: Chinese Assertion and the Indian Riposte’

India-Japan Ties in the Sino-Japanese Mix

Even the common ‘threat’ of China has not really helped lay the foundation for a deeper and sustainable India-Japan partnership in the politico-strategic realm.

The Ladakh Stand-off: What it Says (or Doesn’t) about China’s India Policy and India’s China Policy

While the Ladakh incident was eventually resolved by a combination of military-to-military meetings and diplomatic interactions, three aspects stand out.

India and China’s Neighbours: Carefully Does It

The recent visits of Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Vietnam are signs of a growing convergence of concerns that these countries have about China. But no strategic grouping can be sustainable without also developing linkages at multiple levels.

Integrating the Outlier: Arunachal Pradesh as Development Project and Dilemma

Arunachal Pradesh’s disputed status, unique socio-cultural makeup and difficult geographic location have elicited multifaceted responses from Indian policymakers. How has this Indian ‘development agenda’ affected and molded the political economy of Arunachal Pradesh and what does it say about the role and place of Arunachal in the Indian political system and imagination?

Hillary Clinton’s India Visit: Chinese Elephant in the Room

If “much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia”, then New Delhi will need to find the energy and resources to focus not just on its troubled western frontiers but also on its sprawling and diverse eastern neighbourhood.

Learning Chinese, Understanding China

A presentation, I made at the Department of Chinese Language, Foreign Languages Wing, Army Education Corps Training College and Centre in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh in early July 2011.

Rising India’s Foreign Policy: A Partial Introduction

Current Indian foreign policy is informed by a realization that a combination of economic reforms and the end of the Cold War has steered India into a position of some considerable influence in the post-9/11 world. What then are the patterns of Indian foreign policy behavior in the new century?

Charting India’s China Policy for the Next Decade

How can India maximize its strengths in diplomatic and other arenas vis-à-vis China in a manner pushes forward the positive aspects of the bilateral relationship while simultaneously reducing chances for actual physical conflict of even a limited nature?