Rajya Sabha TV 13 February 2018
Rajya Sabha TV 13 February 2018
Indian Defence Review April-June 2017, Vol 32 (2)
Lt Gen JS Bajwa
The Book explains the journey of Pakistan that enthusiastically greeted Jinnah in Karachi on 7 August 1947 to where it has reached in the present – of it just ‘being’ a state on a map. This he presents in 18 chapters formatted under seven sections through 450 pages (which includes the Notes and Index). The seven sections are – The Foundation; The Building Blocks; The Framework; The Superstructure; The WEEP Analysis; Windows to the World; Inward Analysis. (more…)
SECURING INDIA JULY 2017
VIVEKANANDA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION ‘PERSPECTIVE’
Pakistan stands at a pivotal moment in its history. It has to take major decisions on its future trajectory, on issues like democratic consolidation, civil-military relations, economic development, terrorism, response to religious fundamentalism; and its relations with its neighbours and beyond. (more…)
Vivekananda International Foundation: Occasional Paper 01 June 2017
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.
Indian Express Published 19 April 2017
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has been in the news recently due to the March 14 revelation of a Pakistani minister that the government was considering making it the fifth province of Pakistan. This was pursuant to the recommendations of a committee headed by the (more…)
Catch News, Published 18 March 2017
An article in The Washington Post on 10 March by former Pak ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has set the cat among the pigeons in Pakistan.
Haqqani’s article has to be seen at three levels: (more…)
AJAI SAHNI, India Today
Published 03 March 2017
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…)