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    ...As we look around the globe today, we see the powerful nations, including America, behaving in a realist rather than liberal manner. Only lip-service is paid to global cooperation and a rule-based order. In a talk at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies on October 18, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused China of destabilising the global order while promising to deepen cooperation with India. He said, “China while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the international, rules-based order even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations’ sovereignty.” The Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson called this a “significant policy statement” which reflected “our shared commitment to a rule-based international order.” This sentiment was reinforced during Tillerson’s visit in which he said that India and the US are natural allies. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 30, 2017, 12:18 a.m.

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    ...Al Qaeda has raised its head in Kashmir. Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi Kashmir is today at a crossroads. The run-up to Eid was bloody, with 10 policemen killed, a majority of them belonging to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi –By D. S. Hooda Mankind is no stranger to wars, and the brutal reality in wars is the fact that civilians are the biggest sufferers. In the two World Wars, military casualties are estimated at 30 million but civilian casualties were double that number. After 1945, when the horror of wars between nations and the destructive power of the atom bomb became evident, armed conflict between nation states became extremely rare. However, war did not disappear, just transformed into “war among the people”, further killing innocents in its wake. The two countries that have fought the most conventional conflicts after 1945 are Israel and India. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 16, 2017, 12:12 a.m.

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    ...How do we respond? Economically, it is a no-contest because it is only in 2030 that India will reach the size of China’s 2014 GDP. Perhaps the answers lie in geography. Expanding from its peripheries, China has economically secured its borders. Trade with the five Central Asian republics has risen from $1.8 billion in 2000 to $50 billion in 2013. Northward, the Han Chinese have moved into inner Mongolia and invested heavily in underground metals in Mongolia. About 90 per cent of Mongolian exports go to China. The Chinese population in its Northeast region is also slowly creeping across the border into the Russian Far East. In Southeast Asia, the economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are closely tied to China. The total trade volume of ASEAN with China is projected to increase to $1 trillion by 2020. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 22, 2017, 1:22 a.m.

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    ... A little over half of 2017 has gone by and the tally of terrorists killed stands at 105, the highest in a number of years. If it is any small consolation to the families, the deaths of Feroz Ahmad Dar and Ayub Pandit have been “avenged” by the killing of those terrorists who perpetrated these horrific acts. There is no doubt in my mind that Abu Ismail, responsible for the attack on the Amarnath yatris, will soon follow in the path of his comrades. This is a result of cooperation and coordination between all security elements operating in Kashmir. It is also apparent that actionable intelligence is flowing in. On the border, the counter-infiltration posture is strong and has limited the number of those who have manged to sneak in. ...

    Indian Express on July 19, 2017, midnight

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    ...On December 8, 1987, an accident by a Jewish driver in Gaza killed four Palestinians. This seemingly simple event (accidents were not uncommon) was the spark which ignited the first Intifada that rocked Israel for the next five years and nine months. Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, battling army patrols with stones and Molotov cocktails. The scale and fury of the protests was a manifestation of years of suppressed frustration and anger, and caught everyone by surprise. The resistance leadership led by Yasser Arafat was as unprepared for the uprising as was the Israeli government and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). If this sounds eerily similar to the post-July 2016 situation in Kashmir, it is because there are many parallels. ...

    Indian Express on June 2, 2017, 1:06 a.m.

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    ...Illustration by C R Sasikumar The temperature in Kashmir is in the mild 20s, but the heat of conflict is already being felt. Stone-wielding crowds regularly clash with security forces and allegations fly fast and thick on both sides. Voter turnout in the Srinagar election was the lowest since the start of the insurgency, forcing a postponement of polling for the Anantnag seat. For the largest democracy in the world, this is a setback. There are also concerns that we could be seeing the start of a repeat of 2016. Where do we go from here? Frankly, there are no easy answers because of the large number of complex issues, but let me talk about a few key steps. I think it is time to take a calm, practical and realistic look at the situation in the Valley. Unfortunately, this kind of appraisal seems to have become the first casualty. Sentiments run high on both sides as people take to Twitter and Facebook with a vengeance. ...

    Indian Express on April 20, 2017, 12:10 a.m.