Russia-Pakistan relations motivated by growing presence of IS in Afghanistan

Recently, top US national security advisors scrambled to salvage the strategic NATO alliance to keep Russia away from it historic influence over Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, the American press as also the policy makers counseled President Trump against isolating Pakistan. They fear an isolated Pakistan would fall in the lap of Russia. 

India may have to rework its Pakistan policy after Imran Khan's victory

The victory of Imran Khan, supremo of Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), in the July 25 elections was no surprise. After all, the army-judiciary compact had unlevelled the playing field sufficiently to make rigging redundant. 

Mani Shankar Aiyar on Imran Khan's victory

The question is not whether Imran is more of a hawk or the army is less of a dove than Nawaz. If, indeed, why were we not taking advantage of that...?

Why India is educational disaster?

While our security analysts ponder the China “reset” and India’s new “leadership” role in the Commonwealth, let’s consider something far more real and strategic about our society. 

India-Pakistan must normalize bilateral ties

Islamabad’s decision to send High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood back to India  just in time to host the Pakistan National Day reception in New Delhi, and New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi fears that the Congress is being perceived as a Muslim party

Muslims are today’s castaways, political orphans with no home, for virtually every political party. This despite India being home to a tenth of the world’s Muslims, around 180 million people, making it the largest Muslim country after Indonesia and Pakistan. 

How India, Pakistan exchanging smog as confidence-building measure

Who hasn’t heard that old cliché about how Indians and Pakistanis have so much in common – food, language, music. Drive down from Lahore to Amritsar and the transition is seamless – yes there are more women visible on our side, but the people look the same; even the fields are the same, just replace the mosques with the gurudwaras.

Sharifs getting back together to save party from scattering

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was deposed in September 2017 by the Supreme Court for not being a good Muslim under Article 63 of the constitution

India needs to enhance its quasi diplomatic outreach to counter Pakistan:Ex-GOC Hasnain

Recently Pakistan was embarrassed in the UN General Assembly by its Permanent Representative’s gaffe, when she waved the photograph of a Palestinian girl injured in an Israeli raid and tried to pass it off as a Kashmiri victim of alleged Indian atrocities. 

Pakistan’s three-time PM is set for a long exile

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, after much murky controversy, got rid of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in July saying he was not “sadiq” and “ameen” — two qualities of the Holy Prophet PBUH spelled out in the constitution as a legacy of the islamising General Zia ul Haq and his decade of military rule. Sharif went home chanting, “why was I thrown out?”

Indian economy is on a downward spiral, is poised for a hard landing: BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

I shall be failing in my national duty if I did not speak up even now against the mess the finance minister has made of the economy. 

Shobhaa De unmasked Arnab Goswami

Never thought a day would come when the nation would pity  Arnab Goswami, and actually feel sorry for the man! But thanks to Rajdeep sardesai and his tweets calling out a former colleague for fabricating a dramatic narrative going back to the Gujarat roits in 2002, it has become official — Arnab, the self-styled emperor of prime-time, has no clothes.

In Pakistan, gender inequality grows as nation hurtles to a male-centric dystopia

Jyoti Malhotra writing in Pakistani daily The News in 2016 told us how the Shah Bano case in India in 1985 had highlighted the plight of a Muslim wife given “three talaqs” and driven out of her home by her husband. 

To protect dissent is state responsibility

One critical test to adjudge the claim of any country of being democratic is its tolerance of dissent and the protection afforded to the dissenter. 

Gauri Lakesh killing: a new grammar for new India, shut up or be prepared to be simply silenced

Prehaps we will never know who killed Gauri Lankesh, but maybe we can make a reasonable guess as to why she was killed.