Indo-Pak relations: Fresh dawn or false start? (IDSA)

By inviting the leaders of SAARC countries to the swearing-in ceremony, PM-elect Narendra Modi electrified the diplomatic atmosphere in South Asia. While most leaders accepted the invitation almost instantly, Nawaz Sharif took 48 hours to say yes thus fuelling intense media speculations about his compulsions. The attention has now been

Syria: A Grand Settlement? (IDSA)

It is painfully clear that no serious attempt is being made to resolve the Syrian crisis. There is a lamentable lack of leadership in addressing the crisis. According to the Norway-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, every day 9,500 human beings are being driven away from their homes. Every minute a Syrian

Foreign policy agenda for the new government (IDSA)

Foreign policy is based on a country’s long term national interests and takes into account both domestic and external factors. Strategic interests of a country do not change when governments change but the style of functioning and inter-se priorities in foreign policy undergo changes. Hence elements of continuity and change can be

The mirage of peace in Pakistan

The latest round of ‘peace-talks’ between the representatives of the Radical Islamists (RIs) lead by Tehriq-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the interlocutors nominated by the Government of Pakistan is apparently leading to nowhere. They do not raise any hope that the RIs are willing to come down either from their uncompromising

A Requiem for moral coherence

Beyond underlining the synthetic unity of Kashmir with India and his calling attention to the ‘suffering of sections of J&K society,’ can Narendra Modi achieve something significant and long lasting in Kashmir? If Narendra Modi supporters are to be believed, all the Hindus in India became one during this election

Understanding Article 370

Article 370 was and is about providing space, in matters of governance, to the people of a State who felt deeply vulnerable about their identity and insecure about the future. At the Bharatiya Janata Party’s recent Lalkar rally in Jammu, its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, called for a debate

5.5 million invisible baby deaths a year

With 7,79,000 deaths, India has the highest newborn mortality in the world Globally, about 5.5 million babies — nearly three million neonates and about 2.6 million stillbirths — die every year. In other words, every day, about 8,000 neonates are dying and the number of stillbirths is about 7,000. Stillbirths