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.
After more than two months of high decibel sabre-rattling, the standoff between India and China in the Himalayas entered a process of phased deescalation in late July. This by no means suggests that the current crisis is coming to an end — merely that it is moving into the next stage of what is likely... Continue Reading →
In June, Chinese and Indian soldiers clashed in the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh. The close-combat skirmish at high altitude, which resulted in twenty deaths on the Indian side and an unknown number of Chinese casualties, was the bloodiest fight along the disputed Sino-Indian boundary in over four decades. John S. Van Oudenaren interviewed NBR... Continue Reading →
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.
The news of the terrible tragedy in the Galwan Valley on June 15, expectedly, evoked anger, sadness, and loathing in all of us. Within hours, however, the tragedy of the moment was sullied by a tragic-comedy of errors. In one instance, television anchors struggled to read an imagined list of Chinese casualties circulating on WhatsApp;... Continue Reading →
June 2020: Explainer on the implication of the BRI and the Health Silk Road as a part of the initiative for the world, particularly South Asia for Carnegie India. Available here.
May 2020: Analysis of the future trajectory of the world order in a post-COVID-19 world, and the role that China, India, and others will play in it. For webinar organized by London based think tank Bridge India. Available here.
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.
October 2019: Analysis of informal summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PRC President Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram, India. Available here.
Few analysts following developments at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary in South Korea expected India’s membership bid to sail through. As the dust settles, what is clear is that Xi Jinping’s China differs considerably from Hu Jintao’s China. The latter did not want to stand alone; the former is on the path to establishing... Continue Reading →