India

KASHMIR- THE WAY FORWARD

RAJYA SABHA TV- SECURITY SCAN

24 AUGUST 2017

Guests: David Devadas, Security Analyst ( PHONO); Tilak Devasher, Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat; Maj -Gen Shashi Asthana, Chief Instructor, United Service Institution; Capt Alok Bansal, Director, India Foundation

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Missing Factors in India’s Policy towards Pakistan

Vivekananda International Foundation: Occasional Paper 01 June 2017

http://www.vifindia.org/sites/default/files/missing-factors-in-india-s-policy-towards-pakistan.pdf

Many in India often wonder why don’t we have better relations with Pakistan and how long will we keep on bickering and fighting. Many also point to the perils of a miscalculation given that the two countries are nuclear weapons states. The most famous articulation has, of course, been that the bilateral dialogue should be ‘uninterrupted and uninterruptible’.

For the last 70 years every political government in India has tried to engage with Pakistan, to develop a policy that would enable us to live like normal neighbours; some of our finest diplomats have spent their careers in implementing such policies; there have been hundreds of back-channels discussions – track 1.5, track 2, track 3 and so on. All such efforts have mostly come to naught. Today, 70 years after India was partitioned, we are still where we were with Pakistan even as the world around us has changed fundamentally. This must compel us to ask a basic question – what is the missing element in our policy formulation and practice that has resulted repeatedly in a one-step forward-two-steps- backwards relationship with Pakistan.

We have possibly ignored one key element on a long-term basis in our approach towards Pakistan. This is whether a positive relationship with India fits into Pakistan’s ideological and security narrative based on its perception of India.

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United with a rope of sand

BOOK REVIEW

AJAI SAHNI, India Today

Published 03 March 2017

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/book-pakistan-courting-the-abyss-indian-intelligence-officer-tilak-devasher/1/894898.html

We live in an age of jingoistic ultranationalism, and a book on Pakistan by a former top Indian intelligence officer raises expectations of a high measure of rancour and stridency. Instead, Devasher approaches his subject with extraordinary calm, but is unblinking in his gaze on Pakistan’s endless courting of the abyss. (more…)

Pakistan: Courting The Abyss

BOOK EXTRACT

THE CITIZEN, Published  24 January 2017

 http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/NewsDetail/index/9/9760/Pakistan-Courting-The-Abyss

Excerpt from a chapter in the book ‘A Question of Identity and Ideology’

For Pakistan’s leaders, defining a Pakistani identity was a critical issue for two reasons. First, the geographical areas that came to constitute Pakistan had never before existed as a country.

Second, the identity had to be different and distinct from India since Pakistan had been carved out of India and as a new country with an unfamiliar name had to be acknowledged by the world as such. (more…)

The Parched Nation

Indian Express- 26 December 2016

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/pakistan-water-crisis-population-the-parched-nation-4444837/

 

Pakistan has been inching towards a water crisis for decades. In 1951, it was a water-abundant country with an annual per capita availability of around 5,260 cubic meters (m3). By 2013, this declined to as low as 964 m3 per annum. The country is expected to become “absolute water scarce” — less than 500 m3 per capita per annum — by 2035. (more…)