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    ...This, however, is not the impression in Beijing. In private, the Chinese feel that they, rather than India, are caught in a bind, unable to resort to the use of force for fear of destroying the myth of nuclear deterrence, but still supremely confident that strategic defiance by India, on the other hand, will be economically and diplomatically disastrous for India. As a dear friend in Beijing summed it up rather rudely, “India is a dog. Whatever we do to you, you will first bark and snarl, but then accept and come back wagging your tail. The problem now is what we can do to you is also very limited.” This raises the question as to why India feels it is losing control of the situation. And second, if this idea that India will somehow finally turn on China is based on reality or plain wishful thinking. ...

    TOI on Aug. 11, 2017, 1:44 a.m.

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    ...As Prime Minister Modi heads to Israel in July, security cooperation is likely to be on top of his agenda. While arms purchases tend to make headlines, it is actually the human factor — training, capacity building and best practice absorption that India really needs from Israel. Given the uptick of violence in several parts of the country, including Kashmir, and the government’s “muscular” approach in dealing with Pakistan, the lessons of how Israel manages its own disturbed areas may be particularly germane. Of course the biggest difference in managing territory is that Israel believes, despite its looney right, that the “occupied territories” are, in fact, occupied. While Kashmir, in the Indian mind is an integral part of India, notwithstanding its current disturbances. Consequently, Israel does not operate under any delusions of how “loved” it is by its neighbouring Palestinians; and doesn’t let sentimentalism get in the way of dealing with them. ...

    Indian Express on May 31, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

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    ...The reality is however much more complicated. The problem with accusing Trump of triggering an arms race is that an arms race has been going on for the last decade or so – with two nuclear triangles feeding into and destabilising the other. The first is the US-Russia-China triangle and the second is the Pakistan-India-China triangle. In the first set both the US and Russia have mutual restraint and control treaties dictating the maximum number of warheads each can have. ...

    TOI on Dec. 27, 2016, 2 a.m.