The Diplomat: "Controversial Indian Salafist a Litmus Test for Malaysia on Counterterrorism"

December 11, 2017

Controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges.

India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an unlawful organization.

China as key variable for India and Russia’s Power Equation

Due to unprecedented rise and global reach of China today, India and Russia are faced with some pertinent challenges. Some of the key issues are: How best to deal with China? Will the Cold War policy of containment work in case of China as mainstream communist ideology has failed for the most part in the post-globalised and post-Cold War phase? Or, simply a bland policy of engagement with China will work as China has adopted a more muscular approach in its conduct of foreign policy?

Dr. Mohammed Badrul Alam
March 06, 2018

India-Nepal: Is India heading for course correction?

In a surprise move, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj undertook a two-day official visit to Kathmandu, Nepal from February 1, 2018. The visit took place at a time when Nepal is preparing to hold the National Assembly (NA) elections (slated on February 7) under the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led caretaker government. A new government is set to be formed by the left alliance under K P Sharma Oli’s leadership.

Nihar Nayak
February 03, 2018

ONE INDIA: BRICS declaration on Pak terror: What happens at the summit remains at the summit

September 05, 2017

The BRICS declaration recognised several terror groups including Pakistan sponsored ones such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as potential threats. It was an interesting development since China probably for the first time identified the threat posed by Pakistan based groups.
 

Hindustan Times: For India, Jaish chief Masood Azhar bigger threat than Hafiz Saeed

February 14, 2017

For India, Jaish chief Masood Azhar bigger threat than Hafiz Saeed

Jaish­e­Mohammed chief Masood Azhar keeps a low profile unlike Mumbai serial blasts mastermind Hafiz Saeed and has escaped being banned, with China’s help.
INDIA Updated: Feb 14, 2017 17:16 IST

Rezaul H Laskar 
New Delhi, Hindustan Times

Transition and Transformation in Indian Defence

Great leap forward for Indian defence necessitates resolute action from the apex.
 
A decade proves to be a short time for reforms in military affairs while a week is a long time in politics. However, surprise elements in Indian politics (the latest reshuffle in cabinet) notwithstanding, India appears to challenge conventional notions about military reforms, at least in initiating realms, if not in implementation and results thereafter. Results may vary but intents transcend regimes.
 

Deba Mohanty
September 12, 2017