August 2020: A conversation with Saubhik Ghosh of Time of India group's Bangla daily Ei Samay for his daily news podcast. I talk about the genesis of the current India-China standoff and the way ahead. Available here.
Multilateralism With Chinese Characteristics: Bringing in the Hub-and-Spoke
Shortly after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that “neither had China entered our territory, nor occupied our posts,” on June 19, in reference to the tragic incident in Eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released their version of events. China turned Modi’s statement around to accuse India of transgressing and trying... Continue Reading →
IMPRI India Webinar: Border Disputes in Sino-Indian Relations – Past, Present and Prospects
June 2020: Analysis of the future of the India-China relationships in view of the standoff in the Line of Actual Control and clashes in Galwan valley in June 2020. For webinar organized by Delhi based think tank Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI). Available here.
Podcast: States of Anarchy – A Tale of two Kingdoms
October 2019: A conversation with Hamsini Hariharan of States of Anarchy about India's foreign policy towards Sikkim and Bhutan in the early years after Independence, and what led to a divergence in the approach towards the two. Available here.
Reorienting India’s Foreign Policy: Neighborhood First
Signals may not speak as loudly as actions, but they go a long way in diplomacy. Narendra Modi’s decision to invite all South Asian heads of state to his inauguration signaled that the neighborhood would be central in his foreign policy. Elected on a mandate to boost India’s sagging growth numbers, Modi knows he has... Continue Reading →
A Tale of Two Visits: Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping in Washington
Even for a city like Washington D.C., that is used to its regular influx of world leaders flying in and out, this week has been breathless. What might come as a surprise to many, most of the excitement is reserved neither for Chinese President Xi Jinping, nor for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the... Continue Reading →
AIIB: An Opportunity for India to Assert Itself
It is not a coincidence that the beginning of Narendra Modi’s term as Prime Minister corresponded with one of the most active periods in economic diplomacy for India. If the rest of India’s notoriously languid bureaucracy has been pushed into an overdrive, the effort has certainly been led by the South Block. It is... Continue Reading →